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Children’s Crusade

Posted by: Erin Allen

Something about his fan mail disturbs Walter Dean Myers. Myers, the author of critically acclaimed books for young people such as “Monster,” “Fallen Angel” and “Lockdown,” appreciates the gesture. But in too many of the letters, evidence of a serious decline in the reading and writing skills among the youth of America is painfully obvious. …

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Author as Superstar

Posted by: Erin Allen

(This post comes to us from Taru Spiegel, reference specialist in the European Division, which is cosponsoring the event along with the Poetry and Literature Center.) What does a serious, award-winning author do when he is chosen “sexiest man of the year” by a leading women’s magazine? (He received the accolades from ELLE Norway in …

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Not So Secret Garden

Posted by: Erin Allen

One of the things I love most about going home to southern Mississippi is going home to my mom’s garden. The sights and smells are always like a big, warm hug. The jasmine she’s got growing on a trellis is a focal piece. The calla lilies lining one side of the yard are some of …

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Everybody’s Doing It … Pic of the Week, That Is

Posted by: Erin Allen

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So, following in the footsteps of our other wonderful blogs, In Custodia Legis and Inside Adams, the Library of Congress blog launches its very own Pic of the Week feature. Our hope is to highlight some of the comings and goings here, the people and patrons …

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“Booking” Your Holiday Party Plans

Posted by: Erin Allen

The following is from our newest contributor to the Library’s blog, Erin Allen, in the Office of Communications.  Erin is a writer-editor who writes our Wise Guide, helps coordinate our calendar of events, and contributes to many of our publications.  She also was acting editor of The Library of Congress Gazette, our staff newsletter, for …