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Women of Invention

The desire to tinker, create and invent is universal.  It doesn’t matter who or what you are–a scientist, business person, layperson, man, woman or child–if there’s a problem, we want to figure out how to solve it by inventing a new way of doing things or improving on an existing way. Women inventors have had […]

Celebrate Women (Part 2- Women in Science and Engineering)

As I was compiling our resources related to women and science, I discovered that we have a lot of material on this topic. It would be a true test of my writing abilities to describe all of our guides, reading lists, Web casts and the like in a single blog post without creating an information […]

Made with Love

4 Star French Chocolate Ice Cream? Chiffon and Velvet Pie?Pots de Chocolat (mousse)? Stuffed Figs au Chocolat? Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake? Valentine’s Day is coming up. If you are looking for something special to do for the ones you love I suggest including chocolate and home cooking straight from the heart (hearth). Our Chocolate: A Resource Guide […]

Celebrating African Americans in Science & Business

February is African American History Month. During this month, we frequently receive questions from students working on school projects related to African Americans in science and business. In general, students seek biographical information about a specific black scientist, inventor or business person. Before my time, back in the 1980’s, LC science librarian Vivian Ovelton Sammons […]

Come Fly Away with Me, Courtesy of Wilbur and Orville

December 17 marks the date of the Wright Brothers’ “First Flight” at Kitty Hawk in 1903. This notable milestone in the history of aeronautics is well documented in the collections of the Library of Congress. If  you are curious about the Wright Brothers or the history of flight, then the Library of Congress has many […]

Gardens for all the months of the year

Brrr…winter is approaching!!  For those of us in the northern hemisphere, the temperature drops and the landscape begins to be covered in frost, ice, and snow. I used to dread this time of year.  The trees are bare, the flowers are gone, and more time is spent indoors.  But this year, I am opening my […]

Please pass the slow twitch fiber…

At the Thanksgiving table, some reach for dark meat, others reach for white meat- my grandfather reaches for the neck! In the sprit of Thanksgiving, and for all the inquisitive minds out there, I thought it might be helpful to explain why turkeys have dark and white meat. Generally speaking, the meats we eat are muscles […]

Candied yams or Candied Sweet Potatoes?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a sweet potato and yam? I have. I found myself in a market looking for fresh sweet potatoes for a sweet potato salad recipe. I searched the produce aisle, without success. So I asked the produce manager for help. He told me to use the garnet […]

Long Live the Parking Garage!

Parking! We city dwellers often ask, “Is there parking?” before even venturing out the door.  For so many of us, the statement “a really great parking space can totally move you to tears” is right on spot.  On Sunday (November 1, 2009) the Washington Post’ s Philip Kennicott  reported (On the spot: Putting parking in its […]