Where Literacy Lives (and Doesn’t)

(The following is a guest post by Guy Lamolinara, communications officer in the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.) The number of organizations dedicated to eradicating illiteracy, raising time spent reading and increasing reading proficiency is legion because the problems are legion. These groups can be found throughout the world, including the […]

Pic of the Week: Kate DiCamillo, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

The inner voice of Kate DiCamillo belongs to a 10-year-old girl from a small Florida town who learned to navigate the world through books she checked out at the local library. “That connection to the 10-year-old kid, I’ve come to believe through the years, is more immediate for me than other people,” said DiCamillo, the […]

Honoring Achievements in Literacy

This year marks the debut of three awards administered by the Library of Congress and sponsored by philanthropist David M. Rubenstein to recognize and support achievements in the field of literacy, both in the United States and abroad. Recipients of the first annual awards, announced in September at the Library’s National Book Festival, are Reach Out […]

A Global Toast to the Book

(The following is an article written by David A. Taylor, external relations and program development officer in Library Services, for the November-December 2012 issue of the Library of Congress Magazine. The article takes a look at an event this Thursday and Friday that will celebrate one of the most powerful and crucial forms of information […]

Words to the Wise

“Look before you leap.” “Do not believe everything you hear.” “A kindness is never wasted.” “Heaven helps those who help themselves.” “You are judged by the company you keep.” Sound familiar? Sage advice given to you at one time or another likely by your parents or other loved ones, right? I know I can hear […]

Children’s Crusade

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. […]

2010 National Book Festival Sights and Sounds

The 10th annual National Book Festival may have faded into memory, but we’re doing what we can to keep those memories alive–and to share them with people who didn’t have a chance to experience them in person. As usual, we’re posting tons of webcasts of author presentations, which you can find here.  (A few others […]

Make Your National Book Festival Battle Plan

We try to give book-lovers as much information as possible about the National Book Festival, in a useful way, on our website.  It might seem a little daunting, what with six author pavilions and numerous other attractions spread out across four city blocks on the National Mall and a sea of about 130,000 other people […]

Businessman, Philanthropist, Reader

Thursday, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington had an announcement sure to thrill hundreds of thousands of people who’ve loved the National Book Festival during its storied run, “a decade of words and wonder.” He announced that David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of the private equity firm The Carlyle Group, is donating $5 million […]