A tour of the European Reading Room, and an orientation to the Library’s European collections, is being offered on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Jefferson Building, LJ-250, accessible via the European Reading Room, LJ-249.
The European Reading Room should be the starting point for readers and researchers whose interest relates to European countries, including the Russian-speaking areas of Asia, but excluding Spain, Portugal, Britain, and Ireland.
The Reading Room is staffed by multilingual reference librarians who can direct you to the materials you need and answer reference questions related to the European collections.
Orientations are offered to the public every other Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in LJ-250 (enter through LJ-249) on the second floor of the Jefferson Building.
It is recommended that researchers obtain a Library of Congress Reader Identification Card prior to the session. For more information, please visit the division’s website, or contact [email protected].
For online registration, click here, or email [email protected].
The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division invites you to a book talk and discussion on “The Ethiopian Jews of Israel,” by Irene Fertik. Since 1991, she has been documenting Ethiopian Jews in their new/ancient home of Israel. The title of her book, “From Tesfa to Tikva,” means from hope to hope – the first word in Amharic, the other in Hebrew. Both in photos and text, Fertik chronicles the story of 25 years of change and transition. In this book, the visual contrasts showcase an ancient African people in a mostly white modern society.
A small display of books on this topic from the Library’s collections will accompany this event. Book signing will follow.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor, Jefferson Building.
Contact: Fentahun Tiruneh, [email protected], (202) 707-4163
The African and Middle Eastern Division invites you to a lecture, “Cartographic History of Afghanistan,” by Dr. Shah Mahmoud Hanifi, author and professor of history at the James Madison University. He will discuss the cartographic history of Afghanistan, particularly the early modern and colonial periods. Lecture followed by book signing. This event is co-hosted by the African & Middle Eastern, Asian, and Geography & Map Division.
Location: Dining Room A, Madison Building, Sixth Floor (Room LM 620)
Contact: [email protected]
The Maratón de Poesía/ Poetry Marathon is a trailblazing annual event that brings together recognized Hispanic poets, from the United States and abroad, to share their work with the local poetry community. This year, the Maratón will celebrate the literary work of Walt Whitman to commemorate the bicentennial of the poet’s birth. The Maratón kicks-off at the Library of Congress on Friday, June 7, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. with a poetry reading by all participating poets in the Hispanic Reading Room. On Saturday, June 8, Teatro de la Luna will host the marathon poetry reading from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. Admission to all events is free of charge and open to the public.
Free tickets available via Eventbrite.
Location: Hispanic Reading Room, Jefferson Building, Room LJ-240.
Contact: Maria Thurber at (202) 707-3516 or [email protected].