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Archive: July 2015 (12 Posts)

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Letters About Literature: Dear Walter Isaacson

Posted by: Erin Allen

We continue our spotlight of letters from the¬†Letters About Literature initiative, a national reading and writing program that asks young people in grades 4 through 12 to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book affected their lives. Winners were announced last week. In this next installment, we highlight the …

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Library in the News: June 2015 Edition

Posted by: Erin Allen

  In June, the Library of Congress issued two major announcements that made headlines nationwide: the appointment of a new Poet Laureate and the retirement of the current Librarian of Congress. After nearly three decades of service, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his retirement¬†effective January 2016. Speaker of the House John Boehner, Democrat …

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Rare Book of the Month: Redouté’s Royal Roses

Posted by: Erin Allen

(The following is a guest blog post written by Elizabeth Gettins, Library of Congress digital library specialist.) When Pierre-Joseph Redouté put together his three-installment publication (1817-1824) “Les Roses” in Paris, he created a thing of great beauty as well as a scientific compendium on the botany of roses. Commissioned by the Empress Josephine, this work …