Ambassador for Young People's Literature Offers Pointers

Most of us know intuitively, if not empirically, about the importance of reading for pleasure, lifelong literacy, or whatever term you choose. Studies have shown connections between a person’s love of reading and other qualities such as civic engagement and philanthropy. But what can we actually do to help stoke young people’s interest in reading […]

Meanwhile, About Those Abraham Lincoln Inauguration Photos

It was an entirely happy coincidence this week that we announced both the Flickr pilot project and an amazing photographic discovery on exactly the same day. A trio of images, previously thought to have been picturing different events, have been confirmed to be photographs from Abraham Linclon’s second inauguration as president on March 4, 1865. […]

Flickr Followup

I need to start out this post with a single word: thanks. If it?s true that a picture is worth a thousand words, then thank goodness for those 3,100 pictures, because words are failing me right now. The response to the Library?s pilot project with Flickr has been nothing short of astounding. You always hope […]

'National Treasure 2' Opens, Library Gets 10 Minutes of Fame

Unless you’ve been living on Mars, you’re probably aware that “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” opened today in theaters. And even then, I suspect that the little green men have also been inundated with “NT2” ads and media hoopla beamed in their general direction. I’ve already seen it twice, and although I’ll leave the film […]

The Interactives Are Coming

It?s been a very busy day in a very busy week for us, but I managed to squeeze in some time today to get a preview of the new high-tech computer interactives that will be featured throughout new Library of Congress exhibits, starting with ?Exploring the Early Americas? on Dec. 13. In a word: WOW. […]

December 7, a Date That Lives On

Driving to work this morning, I noticed the flags of federal office buildings lowered to half-staff. Quite often, that means that a member of Congress or a notable government official has died, so my heart always leaps into my throat if I don?t already know the specific reason why. And then I remembered today?s date: […]

America: Making a Federal Case out of It

In advance of the Dec. 13 opening of ?Exploring the Early Americas,? Wyatt Mason of The New York Times Magazine penned a thought-provoking piece on the naming of America (with a suitably Colbert-esque headline), focusing on the new ongoing exhibit?s 1507 World Map by Martin Waldseem? As Mason writes, the seven-letter word that names our […]

Get 'in Touch' With Our Early History

Did you see the news about a fantastic, new exhibition that is opening here on Dec. 13? ?Exploring the Early Americas? will give people a glimpse of the future of not just our exhibits, but also the educational power of our collections and primary-source materials. This will be the Library?s most high-tech exhibition to date, […]