Pic of the Week: Kids Celebrate Reading Milestone

Led by Library of Congress staff member Teresa St. Angelo (center), elementary school students search for details in the ornamentation of the Library’s Great Hall. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Seventy-six students from Tyler Elementary School in Washington, D.C., visited the Library of Congress on May 31 to celebrate a big accomplishment: together, they read 1,436 books during the school year with mentors from the Library’s staff and the House of Representatives.

Mentors and students came together through the Power Lunch Program of Everybody Wins! DC. The nonprofit promotes children’s literacy by arranging for adult mentors to read with young students. The Library has worked with Tyler since the 2010–11 school year.

The May 31 celebration included a book talk in the Young Readers Center by children’s author Erica S. Perl, guided activities in the Great Hall and an awards luncheon.

Pic of the Week: Reading Without Walls

Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, launched his Reading Without Walls program during a Library of Congress event on April 10. It challenges young people to explore, through books, worlds outside their comfort zone. “Reading is a fantastic way to open your minds and hearts to new people, places and ideas,” said […]

Pic of the Week: Ladies of Liberty

Author and journalist Cokie Roberts visited the Library’s Young Readers Center on March 6 to read from her new children’s book, “Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation,” adapted from her bestselling adult work of the same title. Illustrated by Caldecott Honor-winning artist Diane Goode, the book features biographies of 10 influential women […]

Pic of the Week: Women in Science

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Rare Book of the Month: W.E.B. Du Bois’ Brownies

(This is a guest post by Elizabeth Gettins of the Library’s Digital Conversion Team.) This month’s rare book honors William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B.) Du Bois, born Feb. 23, 1868. It features one of his most beloved creations, The Brownies’ Book, a serial published in 1920 and 1921. It is digitally presented here—22 back-to-back chronological issues. […]