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Fly Me to the Moon: Celebrating Apollo 11 at 50 with a Quilt & Book Display

This post was authored by Nanette Gibbs, Business Reference Librarian, and Sean Bryant, Science Reference Librarian, of the Science, Technology, and Business Division.

The Science, Technology and Business Division is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon mission with a display of books from the Library’s general collection, paired with a selection of fiber art quilts from the private Fly Me to the Moon collection. The quilts will be on display beginning July 16th, the anniversary of the mission launch, through July 17th, from 8:30am to 3:00pm each day, in the Science and Business Reading Room on the 5th floor of the John Adams Building. The books will remain on display through July 24th, the anniversary of the astronauts’ return to Earth.

Original photograph of the splashdown of Apollo 14 as included in Apollo: through the eyes of the astronauts [//lccn.loc.gov/2008049045] p.97

Splashdown by Sarah Entsminger, used with permission. (Fly me to the moon [//lccn.loc.gov/2017935097]. p.135

The Fly Me to the Moon quilt collection was the idea of Susanne Miller Jones, who authored a book about it: Fly me to the moon, an art quilt journey.  She was originally inspired by the upcoming 50th anniversary of the July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, and the book’s title and theme also reflect the author’s favorite song, “Fly me to the moon.”  The book features narratives by the artists highlighting their interpretations of the theme and the resultant design choices. Many of these narratives include treasured childhood memories of the space program.

In October 2017, a selection of the Fly Me to the Moon quilts were featured in a Science and Business Reading Room display celebrating the Moon. The new display will include returning quilts, as well as quilts not seen previously at the Library of Congress.

Several of the artists will be on hand to answer questions.

Inspired by Endangered Species: Animals and Plants in Fabric Perspectives – Art Quilts on Display

This post was authored by Nanette Gibbs, Business Reference Librarian, and Sean Bryant, Science Reference Librarian, of the Science, Technology, and Business Division. On June 24, 2019, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. the Library of Congress Science and Business Reading Room will highlight the plight of vulnerable endangered species with a display matching the […]

The Parker Solar Probe, Mission to “Touch the Sun”: December 6 NASA Lecture with Dr. Alex Young

This post was authored by Stephanie Marcus, Science Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. One of NASA’s most exciting missions, the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) launched from Cape Canaveral on August 12, 2018. The mission’s findings will help researchers improve forecasts of space weather events, which have the potential to damage satellites, […]

The ICESat Man Cometh: Lecture November 8 with NASA’s Tom Neumann

This post was authored by Stephanie Marcus, Science Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. On November 8 the Library will welcome cryospheric scientist Tom Neumann, who will speak on “GRACE-FO and ICESat-2:  NASA’s Leadership in Monitoring the Polar Regions from Space.”  Dr. Neumann is deputy project scientist on ICESat-2 (Ice, Cloud, and […]

NASA Astrobiologist Melissa Trainer to Speak at the Library October 11 on Titan: An Exotic Ocean World Waiting to be Explored

This post was authored by Stephanie Marcus, Science Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. Before the twenty years of the Cassini-Huygens mission, little was known about Saturn’s largest moon Titan, except that it was Mercury-sized and its surface was hidden beneath a thick, nitrogen-rich atmosphere. The Cassini mission mapped Titan’s surface, studied […]

Five Questions: Nathan “Nate” Smith, Librarian

What is your background? I was born and raised in the Virginia Beach area.  I was accepted to Virginia Commonwealth University (Go Rams Go!) as pre-physical therapy and spent my first year heavily immersed in physical science courses.  However, there was a general requirement history class that fascinated me and completely changed the course of […]

Shadow Science: Using Eclipses to Shed New Light on Heavenly Bodies, September 12 Lecture with NASA’s Chief Scientist, Dr. James L. Green

This post was authored by Stephanie Marcus, Science Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. People are still talking about the total solar eclipse of last August, and many of us are already excited about the next one on April 8, 2024.  That will be the only total solar eclipse in the 21st […]

New Guides in Business Reference Services

Our goal as librarians at the Library of Congress is to help you find information quickly. We understand that library research—especially at the Library of Congress, which has one of the most extensive collections in the world—can be overwhelming. According to the 2007 North American Title Count, there were over 1.1 million titles classified under […]

Binge Watching Science Webcasts! Celebrating Twelve Years of the NASA Goddard Lecture Series at the Library of Congress

This post was authored by Stephanie Marcus, Science Reference & Research Specialist, in the Science, Technology, and Business Division of the Library of Congress. She is also author of the blog posts “Kebabs, Kabobs, Shish Kebabs, Shashlyk, and: Chislic,” “The Potato Transformed,” and “Susan Fenimore Cooper: The First American Woman to Publish Nature Writing.” The Science, […]

NASA Astrophysicist Dr. Scott Guzewich to Discuss ‘Swimming in Martian Lakes: Curiosity at Gale Crater’ on April 25

This post was authored by Stephanie Marcus, Science Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission landed the nuclear powered rover Curiosity on the floor of the 96-mile wide Gale Crater on August 6, 2012.  In a complicated maneuver using a sky crane, it touched down near “Mount Sharp,” […]