Pic of the Week: John Cena Thrills Young Readers

Photo by Shawn Miller.

World-champion wrestler John Cena (center) visited the Library on December 6 to talk about his latest endeavor: starring as the voice of the gentle bull Ferdinand in a soon-to-be-released 20th Century Fox Animation feature film based on “The Story of Ferdinand the Bull,” the beloved 1936 children’s book by Munro Leaf.

Cena read the story to a packed audience of students from Washington, D.C., and Virginia schools in the Coolidge Auditorium while students from Maryland, New Jersey and Vermont listened via livestream on the Library’s YouTube page. Afterward, Cena answered the students’ questions about his life and the book’s message of acceptance and nonviolence.

Here Cena poses after the event with students wearing Ferdinand horns.

Pic of the Week: Tony Bennett Honored in Star-Studded Gershwin-Prize Tribute

Celebrated performer Tony Bennett salutes the crowd on November 15 after Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and a delegation of Members of Congress presented him with the 2017 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Members who joined Bennett on stage were Rep. Kevin Yoder, U.S. House of Representatives Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the […]

Pic of the Week: Noted Filmmaker Highlights the Value of America’s Film Heritage

Celebrated filmmaker Christopher Nolan, left, joined Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden in the Coolidge Auditorium on November 2 in a conversation about his personal experiences directing, writing and producing some of the most popular and acclaimed movies in cinematic history, including his latest, the World War II epic “Dunkirk.” He also spoke about the importance of film […]

Pic of the Week: Rick Riordan Wows Young Readers

Best-selling children’s author Rick Riordan launched the third and final book in his Norse mythology series at the Library of Congress on October 3. Hundreds of elementary and middle-school students from Washington, D.C., and Maryland joined him in the Coolidge Auditorium, while groups from Colorado, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio and elsewhere watched on Livestream as […]

Pic of the Week: Library and Military Service Academies Collaborate on Collections Access

The Library of Congress and the U.S. military service academies signed a cooperative agreement this week to provide researchers with enhanced access to the institutions’ collections and grow representation of service members in the Library’s collections—including the Veterans History Project. The three-year agreement, which took effect on September 18, provides greater access for Library researchers […]

Pic of the Week: Picturing the Parks

This post is based on an article from the November–December 2016 issue of LCM, the Library of Congress Magazine. National parks are among the nation’s most cherished natural resources. The National Park Service, a bureau of the U.S. Department of Interior, was created by an act of Congress. On August 25, 1916—101 years ago today—President Woodrow Wilson signed […]

Pic of the Week: Bringing the Navy’s History to Life Through Photos

Robert Hanshew, a photo curator for the U.S. Navy, visits the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division almost every Friday to research images related to naval history. Some of his discoveries from the Library’s collections are featured in a major outdoor public history exhibit that opened this summer. Titled “Behind These Walls,” the exhibit consists of […]

Pic of the Week: Library Fellows Display Treasures

This week, interns participating in the Library’s Junior Fellows Program presented more than 150 rare and unique items they researched and processed over the summer. For the first time since the program’s launch in 1991, “display day” was open to the public. Items on view included blueprints for the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal, a letter […]