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Rolando Estévez and the Making of Otra Piel

(This is a guest post by Cuban-American author and anthropologist Ruth Behar. “Lucky Broken Girl,” the winner of the Pura Belpre Award, was her first book for young readers. She stopped by the Hispanic Reading Room to perform Otra Piel before the National Book Festival. In this post, she shares its creation story). As soon […]

Still Waters: German American Friendship Day and the Impact of German Immigration

(David B. Morris is the German Area Specialist in the European Reading Room) October 6 is National German American Friendship Day. On this day in 1683 the first significant group of German immigrants arrived in the New World. Their first settlement, Germantown in Pennsylvania, began a long history of profound but often overlooked German influence […]

Monica Soto on creating “Interconnecting Worlds: Weaving Community Narratives, Andean Histories & the Library’s Collections” Research Guide

La versión en Español de este artículo puede leerla aquí. This is a guest post by Monica Soto, 2022 Junior Fellow, who has a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of William and Mary and is pursuing a master’s degree in library and information science at the University of Denver. This interview was previously published […]

Monica Soto nos cuenta su experiencia creando la Guía de Investigación “Interconnecting Worlds: Weaving Community Narratives, Andean Histories & the Library’s Collections”

An English version of this blog post is available here.  Este es un artículo de Monica Soto, 2022 Junior Fellow, quien tiene una licenciatura en historia de College of William and Mary y está cursando un máster en bibliotecología y ciencias de la información en la Universidad de Denver. La entrevista se publicó anteriormente en […]

Print Culture and Brazilian Independence: 200 Years of Cultural Diplomacy

The following is a post by Henry Granville Widener, Portuguese Language Reference Librarian in the Hispanic Reading Room of the Latin American, Caribbean, and European Division. September 7, 2022 marks 200 years since Pedro I declared Brazil’s independence from Portugal on the banks of the Ipiranga River. Similarly to its sister nations of the former Spanish, French […]

Mikis Theodorakis’ Musical Scores at the Library of Congress: A Tribute to a Greek Musical Giant

(The following post is by Nevila Pahumi, Reference Librarian in Modern Greek and Albanian, European Reading Room) “I am a song of my own time. I wasn’t living in Vienna like Mozart or Beethoven. In my circumstances, it was impossible to be indifferent.” —Mikis Theodorakis, interview with the Chicago Tribune, May 26, 1994 One year […]

A short story about Potosi, the largest South American silver mine, in the Library’s Collections (Part 2)

This is a two-part blog post by Pamela Padilla, 2022 Summer participant in the Library of Congress Internship (LOCI) program with the Hispanic Reading Room, and a Library Science and History graduate student at Queens College, City University of New York.  Click here for the first part of Pamela’s research project. At one point one […]

A short story about Potosi, the largest South American silver mine, in the Library’s Collections (Part 1)

This is a two-part blog post by Pamela Padilla, 2022 Summer participant in the Library of Congress Internship (LOCI) program with the Hispanic Reading Room, and a Library Science and History graduate student at Queens College, City University of New York. Please check back at the end of the week for the second part of […]