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Memorial bust portrait drawing of Etta Jossely Giffin. She has a determined look; her hair is short and wavy with some curls falling on her forehead. She is wearing a dark choker necklace.

Etta Josselyn Giffin: A Role Model of Women’s Enduring Leadership

Posted by: Juliette Appold

During Women's History Month, we celebrate Etta Josselyn Giffin (1863-1932). Giffin was the first director of what has become the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. Learn more about some of her achievements in this blog.

Hokusai's “Laughing Demon,” depicts an evil looking, wrinkled woma laughing while crushing the head of a small person in her right, long-nailed hand, held up to her right ear. She points with her left long-nailed index finger to the little bleading head. The woman is boney, wrinkled, has long fingernails, brown hair, and small horns on her head.

Seeing Music: Gnomus and Baba Yaga from Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”

Posted by: Juliette Appold

Who are Baba Yaga and Gnomus? This blog shows how Mussorgsky represents them in his piano suite "Pictures at an Exhibition," and what kinds of related NLS materials you may be interested in.