I'm delighted to be back at the Library in a new incarnation as a librarian-educator. I'm excited to be able to bring all that professional experience to bear in my current charge, which is to engage audiences in creating and sharing knowledge, inspire a love of reading and research, and inform the public about the treasures here.
During the last week of September, a number of organizations observe Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read. As the Library of Congress is currently commemorating the hundredth anniversary of U.S. involvement in World War I, this is an opportunity to explore a wave of book burnings in American towns that took place during the war.
Rick Riordan will be talking with students about his new book, “Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3: The Ship of the Dead.” Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT, and will be streamed live from the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
I am a senior exhibition director in the Library's Interpretive Programs Office, which is the office charged with developing and producing exhibitions onsite and online that show the public what the nation's library holds and preserves.
I also understand that a lecture, textbook, or slideshow will not engage students in the same way as a primary document. I am thrilled to begin as Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress for 2017-2018.