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We’re marking the 155th anniversary of the #GettysburgAddress with a special one-day display of the Nicolay copy of the speech handwritten by Abraham Lincoln, and the #LettersToLincoln crowdsourcing transcribe-a-thon with local students and online friends! See the display in the Great Hall until 4:30 today, or find out how to get involved in the transcription project at #LibraryOfCongress #collections #crowdsourcing
Stephen Colbert of CBS' @colbertlateshow recently visited the Library as a part of a segment that will air tonight. During the visit, Rare Books and Special Collections Chief Mark Dimunation showed Colbert the contents of Abraham Lincoln’s pockets on the night the president was assassinated during a special display. #libraryofcongress #collections @cbstv @stephenathome
Commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I, and honoring all those men and women who have served. Here, U.S. doughboys on the front lines in France cheer the news of the armistice on November 11. (U.S. Army Signal Corps Photo/Prints and Photographs Division). #libraryofcongress #wwi #worldwar1 #armisticeday100 #veteransday @usarmy
Someone call Linus, the Great Pumpkin has come to the Madison Building lobby! Happy #Halloween , library lovers! #libraryofcongress #librariesofinstagram #librarylove #happyhalloween
We’re open today for our semi-annual open house! Stop by to take in the grandeur of the Main Reading Room, talk to librarians, and explore interactive activities until 3 pm! #libraryopenhouse #libraryofcongress #librariesofinstagram
Happy October! #Goosebumps author @rl_stine1 , accompanied by Slappy the Dummy, haunts an audience with a tale of his ghostly neighbor during a presentation today with the Young Readers Center. #libraryofcongress #read #youngreaders
The Force is strong with these young padawans! Our Star Wars celebrations continue today with a special collections display and screening of “The Empire Strikes Back,” and caps off with “Return of the Jedi” tomorrow night! See for more info. #starwars #maytheforcebewithyou #librarylove #libraryofcongress
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that husband-and-wife team @emilioestefanjr and @gloriaestefan are the next recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song! The honorees represent two historic firsts for the prize – the first time it has been awarded to a married couple, or to musicians-songwriters of Hispanic descent. Bestowed in recognition of the legendary songwriting team of George and Ira Gershwin, the Gershwin Prize recognizes a living musical artist’s lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of entertainment, information, inspiration and cultural understanding. Previous recipients are Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and the late Hal David, Carole King, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson and Tony Bennett. See the full announcement at (Photo by Omar Cruz/Courtesy Crescent Moon, Estefan Enterprises Inc.) #GershwinPrize #LibraryOfCongress #gloriaestefan #emilioestefan #music
A warm welcome to Prime Minister of Mongolia Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh and a delegation from the Embassy of Mongolia, who looked over rare collection treasures in the Library’s Asian Division and took a tour of the Library! #libraryofcongress #tour #collections
The Library spent a year after the 9/11 attacks capturing photos, eyewitness accounts and personal expressions of grief. See the historical collection online at or see the link on our homepage at (link in profile). #September11 #collections • (Flight Attendant, photo by David Taylor, September 2001. September 11, 2001 Documentary Project/American Folklife Center)
Happy #readabookday ! 📚 Did you have a chance to pick up anything new for your reading list at the #NatBookFest ? #icannotlivewithoutbooks
That’s a wrap, folks! We hope you had a fun-filled day of books and reading, and hope you join us Aug. 31, 2019 for the next #NatBookFest ! A huge thank you to our staff, volunteers, donors, partners, authors, visitors, and book lovers everywhere for making this event possible! 📚👏
We’re wrapping up this amazing #natbookfest with the fantastic youth talent at the annual @split_this_rock Poetry Slam! #libraryofcongress #poetryslam
Thank you to all our amazing visitors packing the Main Stage auditorium to capacity all day! #natbookfest
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor greets a young fan during her Main Stage presentation today. #natbookfest #libraryofcongress
Congratulations to Annie Proulx, winner of the 2018 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction! #libraryofcongress #natbookfest
Welcome to the 2018 #NatBookFest ! Who are you excited to see today?
Limitless possibilities in a library for you: Read a new blog post from Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden at
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