News from the Library of Congress

Below are some recent posts from The Catbird Seat in the Division of Poetry and Literature at the Library of Congress. Enjoy!

  • “The Slowdown” is on the Airwaves, Coast to Coast!
    by Rob Casper on January 14, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Today is a landmark day for the laureateship and the library. Tracy K. Smith’s show “The Slowdown,” a podcast launched last November, is now a radio show broadcast around the country! Here’s a press release with some stations that have picked up the show—check your local NPR station to see if they’ve opted to offer […]

  • Published Works Enter the Public Domain in the United States for First Time in Twenty Years
    by Anne Holmes on January 10, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    The following is a guest post by Anandashankar Mazumdar, outreach and education specialist in the Office of Public Information and Education. It originally appeared on the Copyright Office blog Creativity at Work. New Year’s Day 2019 was a landmark for American copyright law. For the first time in twenty years, published works of expression—including books, music, […]

  • Spotlight on Humorous Poetry
    by Peter Armenti on December 26, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    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. Last month I wrote in support of engaging students with literary analysis, which asks them to use critical thinking and close reading skills. These skills […]

  • From Fiction to Film: “The Greatest Gift” and “It’s a Wonderful Life”
    by Peter Armenti on December 21, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    The following is a guest post by Elizabeth Brown, a reference librarian/digital reference specialist in the Library’s Researcher and Reference Services Division. A related exhibit, From The Greatest Gift to It’s a Wonderful Life, is currently on display through January 30 on the second floor of the Great Hall in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building. […]

  • A Visit from St. Nicholas…and the Librarian of Congress
    by Peter Armenti on December 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Yesterday, Library employees and visitors alike—including dozens of children who will soon have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads—gathered in the Thomas Jefferson Building’s Great Hall to commemorate the winter holidays Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. After the LC Chorale opened the day’s celebrations with a festive series of songs, it was time for […]