Talking With 'Bluestalking Reader'

I recently did an interview with Lisa Guidarini of the blog ?Bluestalking Reader.? (It occurs that I never asked about the name of her blog: Is it ?blue stalking,? or ?blues talking??) An excerpt: LG: What?s been the most memorable part of your job, since becoming Director of Communications? MR: Wow, where to start? Every […]

Thomas Jefferson Building Marks 110th

There is so much history around this sprawling place that sometimes a milestone or two worth mentioning will slip beneath the radar. The Politico reported that yesterday (Nov. 1) was the 110th anniversary of the opening of the Library of Congress?s Thomas Jefferson Building on Capitol Hill (although the ?TJB? moniker wouldn?t come until many […]

Poet Laureate Talks to DCist

Unlike the baseball playoff season, there are multiple ?champions? during the Library of Congress?s literary season, which can be enjoyed by everyone who appreciates reading and writing. Poet Laureate Charles Simic (who was appointed by the Librarian of Congress and is pictured at right) spoke with DCist on the eve of the literary season, which […]

Celebrating Books and Reading for 30 Years

Chances are that if you watched made-for-TV movies on CBS from 1979 into the ?90s, you might remember ?Read More About It.? A joint project of CBS and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the segment involved celebrities offering recommendations about books that viewers could find at their local library to […]

Beep, Beep, Beep, Beep …

It was 50 years ago today that ham-radio enthusiasts had the first opportunity to hear an odd beeping sound coming from the heavens: It was Sputnik, the first artificial satellite. A recent CBS Sunday Morning segment reminded us that today (Oct. 4, 2007), marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik by the Soviet […]

Fox and the Book Hounds

What an exciting day!? With the National Book Festival just hours away, things are really hopping here. I began early this morning trying to meet Dr. Billington at the White House for some joint media interviews with Mrs. Laura Bush, but my entrance was delayed by a ?suspicious package? on 17th Street that turned out […]