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Celebrate National Poetry Month with 50 Newly Streaming Audio Recordings

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National Poetry Month is at its halfway mark, but we’re still in (virtual) full swing at the Library of Congress, cooking up new ways to bring poetry into your lives and homes. Marianne Moore. Prints & Photographs Division. Of course, our celebration of National Poetry Month wouldn’t be complete without......
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When Pride Mattered | Worlds Revealed: Geography & Maps at The Library Of Congress

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Le Region du Haut Nil, “Supplément au Bulletin du Comité de l’Afrique française de février 1897.”  Geography and Map Division.  LC call number G8202.N5 1897 .C5” width=”604″ height=”1024″ srcset=”//blogs.loc.gov/maps/files/2019/07/Fashoda-1-1-604×1024.jpg 604w, //blogs.loc.gov/maps/files/2019/07/Fashoda-1-1-177×300.jpg 177w, //blogs.loc.gov/maps/files/2019/07/Fashoda-1-1-768×1302.jpg 768w” sizes=”(max-width: 604px) 100vw, 604px”/> This 1897 map of the Upper Nile region places Fashoda almost at the center,......
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Now Available: Recording of April 2 Webinar on Library Poetry Resources

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Rebecca Newland explores the stacks during a Main Reading Room Tour, Summer Teacher Institute 2014. On April 2 I had the pleasure of joining former Library of  Congress Teacher in Residence Rebecca Newland for a webinar on poetry resources for educators available on the Library’s website. I’m happy to report that......
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“He Never Was Anything but Humble and Gracious”: Ted Kooser on John Prine

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The Library of Congress Blog featured a post on the passing of John Prine today. The following is a response to the news, and a recollection of the famed singer-songwriter, from 13th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Ted Kooser. ”A Literary Evening with John Prine and Ted Kooser” took place in......
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Best of the National Book Festival: Kay Ryan, 2008

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Each weekday, the National Book Festival blog is featuring a video presentation from among the thousands of authors who have appeared at the National Book Festival and as part of the new year-long series, National Book Festival Presents. Today, in honor of National Poetry Month, we’re spotlighting Poet Laureate Kay Ryan at the 2008......
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Cartography of Contagion | Worlds Revealed: Geography & Maps at The Library Of Congress

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Carney, L. H., M.D. Carney’s series of medical charts showing location in the United States of…( New York: G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co, 1874).  Geography and Map Division. This is one of six maps: a base map and maps depicting distribution of typhoid, pneumonia, rheumatism, tuberculosis, and malarial infections.......
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Women’s History Month: Six Degrees of Kay Boyle

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The following guest post was written by Barbara Bair, curator of literature, culture and the arts in the Library’s Manuscript Division. Kay Boyle, 1944. Photo by Al Ravenna. New York World-Telegram and Sun collection, Prints & Photographs Division. The poet, novelist, short story and nonfiction writer, and political activist Kay Boyle......
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Exploring Poetry while Distance Teaching and Learning

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The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. Steinhoff bobsled, for two people, Caldwell, N.J. Bain News Service., n.d. Just after our scheduled spring break, my school district......
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Looking for a book without knowing its title or author? Have other questions? Ask a librarian!

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Library of Congress reference librarians, some growing “telework beards,” continue to monitor the Library’s Ask a Librarian service while at home. Photo by Megan Armenti. Although most Library of Congress reference librarians, including myself, are now teleworking in response to the coronavirus pandemic, our Ask a Librarian service remains open......
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“Dear Poet”: Promoting Poetry and Poets Laureate to Kids at Home

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Joy Harjo. Photo credit: Shawn Miller Natasha Trethewey. Photo credit: Nancy Crampton As the staff of the Poetry and Literature Center has moved to working remotely, and a number of our spring events—including our Poet Laureate’s Spring Closing—have been canceled, we’ve talked about how we might promote poetry virtually. Of......
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Going to the Moon: Early Cartography of the Lunar Surface

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Opere di Galileo Galilei …Map by Galileo Galilei, 1655. Rare Books and Special Collections Division. The lunar maps shown in this post were created long before satellite images became available. The topography is highly detailed and the historical backgrounds of the astronomers who created them are compelling. The first working......
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Interview with Author Grace Lin, Emcee of the 2020 Walter Awards

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The following post originally appeared on the Library of Congress blog. This Friday, March 13, at 9:30 a.m., the Library of Congress will host the We Need Diverse Books Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature and Symposium. The event, co-sponsored by We Need Diverse Books, will feature the honorees......

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