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Dec. 23 always seems like such a rush–literally.  Rushing to the store for that last-minute gift.  Rushing to the airport to catch your flight to grandma’s.  Rushing to clean the house, pick up groceries and prepare the components of your family’s turkey (or ham or tofurkey) dinner.

In that spirit, before everyone rushes off, I wanted to provide a smattering of links:

The Law Library of Congress “elves” have been hard at work all year, making improvements to the THOMAS online legislative information website.  They recently blogged about the latest upgrades.

The December Wise Guide has some interesting history about Christmas lights, and a piece about how the Library’s improved finding aids are making things here–you guessed it–a lot more findable.

This week we announced all of the Library’s currently scheduled public events for January through April 2011.

The Chronicling America website of fully text-searchable newspapers has added an impressive 440,000 pages to its inventory, bringing the total to more than 3.1 million pages from 414 titles published between 1860 and 1922 in 22 states and the District of Columbia.

Jane Gilchrist, coordinator of the Library’s Young Readers Center, recently penned a piece for the Huffington Post about the Library’s efforts to promote lifelong literacy.

And don’t forget, we will have modified operating hours during the holidays.

I was thinking about including an even dozen links, a la “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” but, well … I gotta rush off!  Happy Holidays, everyone!


  1. You guys are wonderful! I teach 12th grade English in a rural setting in Florida where the literacy rate probably is below the median for Florida and the US. It is refreshing to know that people are hard at work to keep literacy a priority in their lives and organizations. It is as reassuring as knowing there is a fresh loaf of bread in the pantry and milk in the refrigerator–sustenance at its most basic level.

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