News from the Library of Congress

2021 National Book Festival Starts Tomorrow!

Starting Friday, Sept. 17, join us for an expanded National Book Festival, a 10-day event (Sept. 17-26) with the theme, “Open a Book, Open the World.”Create your National Book Festival experience with the Library of Congress in 2021 by engaging in author conversations online, watching the broadcast special on PBS, listening to NPR podcasts, tuning in to Washington Post Live author interviews and more. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden invites you to engage with 100+ authors in mulitple venues.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) with this special webpage featuring collections, stories & events from several U.S. cultural institutions:

Of the People: New Grant Opportunities

Connecting Communities Digital Initiative to Sponsor Digital Projects that Amplify Stories of Communities of Color

Individuals and educational and cultural institutions who seek to amplify the stories of communities of color are invited to apply to new grant opportunities through the​ Of the People: Widening the Path​ Connecting Communities Digital Initiative at the Library of Congress.

Of the People is a new, multi-part initiative funded by a​ $15 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation​ to enable the Library to connect more deeply with Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color. The​ Connecting Communities Digital Initiative​ (CCDI) will examine the ways technology can enable storytelling and expose more people to the Library’s expansive collections.

More details here:

Fall Concerts from the Library of Congress

Virtual Series Features Performances by International Artists, Classical, Jazz and Dance Events, and Accompanying Lectures

The Library of Congress has announced a full lineup of events for the fall series of the 2021-2022 “Concerts from the Library of Congress” season. The virtual events will be complemented by conversations, lectures, curator talks and educational programs that reflect the diversity of the nation’s musical heritage.

The season begins Oct. 8 with Wynton Marsalis’ “A Fiddler’s Tale,” set to a libretto by poet and critic Stanley Crouch. Damien Sneed conducts an ensemble with actor Nic Few as narrator.

More details here with full schedule:

2021 Library of Congress Literacy Award Winners

Three organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading will be awarded the 2021 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today. Top prizes are being awarded to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the Parents as Teachers National Center and the Luminos Fund.

More details here:

New LCM: Collecting the Globe

In the latest issue of the Library of Congress Magazine: A network of Library offices stationed overseas acquires and catalogs hard-to-find material from around the globe. Also, a 529-year-old Jewish book lands a starring role in a White House ceremony, and the Library collects audio diaries of health-care workers during the pandemic.

Download and read the new LCM.

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