PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island congressman is helping bring donated books from the Library of Congress libraries and schools in the state.
NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Ford, whose novels include the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Independence Day," is being honored by the Library of Congress.
Wisconsin Yiddish music collection gets national recognition
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Along with Neil Diamond's 1969 "Sweet Caroline" and a speech from Robert F. Kennedy, the earliest known recordings of Yiddish music are now officially considered national...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A recording of a speech Robert F. Kennedy delivered in Indianapolis following Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination is being inducted into the National Recording...
Songs by Jay-Z, Lauper being added to Recording Registry
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Songs performed by Jay-Z, Cyndi Lauper and a Robert F. Kennedy speech are among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry.
Ken Burns Prize for Film to honor documentaries
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Library of Congress will begin presenting an award named for Ken Burns, who elevated the craft of historical documentaries.
Connecticut WWII-era newspapers offer view of black life
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A detailed account of African-American life in the Northeast during World War II, carefully preserved in the basement of the Connecticut State Library, has been uploaded for a new, modern readership.
Gloria and Emilio Estefan to receive Gershwin song prize
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Gloria Estefan didn't think she'd get married. Her focus was on attending the Sorbonne in Paris. But Emilio Estefan "landed in her lap" and music became her career.
The native Cubans will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in May. They are the first married couple (together 40 years) and musicians-songwriters of Hispanic descent to receive the honor.
Ryan uses farewell address to assail politics of ‘outrage’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan decried the outrage and bitterness that he said now color American politics in a farewell speech that also acknowledged his inability to achieve two top goals: controlling surging federal debt and reining in Medicare and other mammoth benefit programs.
‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Shining’ added to National Film Registry
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The National Film Registry is turning 30 and will bring in a new crop of films ranging from dinosaurs' return from extinction, a cowboys-in-love drama and stories showcasing Native Americans.
The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that the films "Jurassic Park," ''Brokeback Mountain" and "My Fair Lady" are among the 25 movies tapped for preservation this year.
Former Librarian of Congress James Billington dead at 89
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Librarian of Congress James Billington, who led the world's largest library for nearly three decades and brought it into the digital age, has died. He was 89.
Carla Hayden, the current librarian of Congress, praised Billington's "vigor for philanthropy and tireless efforts to expand the reach and impact of the library."
Poet Jorie Graham receives prize from Library of Congress
NEW YORK (AP) — Poet Jorie Graham is receiving an award from the Library of Congress.
Graham is this year's winner of the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, the library announced Thursday. She was cited for her 2017 collection, "Fast," in which Graham wrote of her battle with cancer and the global crises of war and ecological damage. Graham will receive $10,000 and will be honored at the library on Dec. 6.
Library of Congress honors literacy programs
NEW YORK (AP) — Three literacy and educational organizations are being honored by the Library of Congress, with cash awards totaling $250,000.
Poet laureate Tracy K. Smith will tour this fall
NEW YORK (AP) — The country's poet laureate is going on the road.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A copy of the "Join or Die" political cartoon that appeared in Benjamin Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette newspaper in 1754 is up for auction.
Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles tells The Philadelphia Inquirer the copy is the only one known to exist outside the one held by the Library of Congress.
Georgia teen’s Civil War diary published after 150 years
ATLANTA (AP) — The news article crossed Jan Croon's Facebook feed a few times before she clicked on it. Written in 2012 by a reporter from the Washington Post, it told the story of LeRoy Gresham, a disabled 12-year-old from Macon who documented the unfolding of the Civil War, mostly from his bed.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are working to preserve artifacts from the 1908 Springfield Race Riots that were found at the site of a railroad improvement project.
Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis told the State Journal-Register that he's working with officials to move the items to museums, such as the Smithsonian or the Library of Congress.
NEW YORK (AP) — For the second time within a year, E. Annie Proulx has received a lifetime achievement award.
The author known for "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Shipping News" is this year's recipient of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. On Wednesday, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden praised the 82-year-old Proulx for her "monumental sagas and keen-eyed, skillfully wrought stories."
Enigma machine collection recalls computer science victory
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Carnegie Mellon University will hire a researcher from the Library of Congress to help it decode a collection that includes two WWII German Enigma machines.
The university wants to encourage the study of 19th and 20th century computers, calculators, encryption machines and other materials related to the history of computer science.
Library of Congress brings America to life in LA photo show
LOS ANGELES (AP) — If a picture tells a thousand words, the Library of Congress is bringing 440,000 of them to Los Angeles with a free-wheeling photo exhibition that seeks to define America's zeitgeist in a way people have never seen.
"Not An Ostrich: And Other Images From America's Library," which opened Saturday at the Annenberg Space For Photography, takes visitors on a picturesque journey across the country beginning with the birth of photography and continuing to the present day.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Books donated by the Library of Congress will make their way to a public library in Henry County.
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (BOOS'-tohs) will stop at the Western District Library in Orion on Monday. She will deliver books donated by the venerable depository in the nation's capital.
Library of Congress adds Fleetwood Mac, Run DMC, ‘Footloose’ theme to National Recording Registry
The Library of Congress on Wednesday announced new additions to its registry of significant recordings, including more than two dozen titles ranging from folk and funks songs, to the theme from "Footloose" and albums by Fleetwood Mac and Run-DMC.
A total of 25 selection were added Wednesday to the library's National Recording Registry, a list of albums, singles and other recordings deemed to be "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant." The latest additions brought the list to 500.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Songs performed by Tony Bennett, Gloria Estefan and Run-DMC are among 25 recordings being added to the National Recording Registry.
The Library of Congress announced on Wednesday the list of titles being honored for their cultural and historic importance to the American soundscape.
Rare photo of Harriet Tubman now online
It was almost a year ago when the Associated Press reported that an album containing a rare photograph of 19th century abolitionist and Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman was sold at a New York City auction for $161,000 — far exceeding presale estimates. The Tubman photo shows her seated on a chair and was taken in Auburn, in central New York, in 1868 or 1869.
Justice Thomas: confirmation process not what it ought to be
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Thursday that he believes that Congress' process for confirming judges and others in government will discourage "some of our best people" from serving.
Speaking at an event at the Library of Congress' Thomas Jefferson building, directly across from the Capitol, Thomas said he doesn't think the confirmation process "is what it ought to be."
Woodson named ‘young people’s literature’ ambassador
NEW YORK (AP) — Jacqueline Woodson, the country's next National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, originally had someone else in mind for the job.
"It's funny, because I called him (current ambassador Gene Luen Yang) awhile back to suggest another person," the award-winning author told The Associated Press during a recent telephone interview. "And he told me, 'Thanks, we already have a person we want.' I had no idea it was me."
Recording history: Seniors have important stories to preserveRECORDING HISTORY
History books do not even begin to tell the history of the many wars the United States has been involved or the stories of the men and women who served in these wars.
The stories from these servicemen and women, the ones who walked the roads, fought the battles from land, air and sea, worked behind the scenes as technicians, nurses, etc. and lived to tell about it, are the history we would never have heard if it was not for the Veterans History Project.
‘The Goonies,’ ‘Titanic’ added to National Film Registry
NEW YORK (AP) — A band of misfits known as the Goonies, a sinking ship, some baseball ghosts and the unrelenting New York cop John McClane are being added to the prestigious National Film Registry.
The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that the films "The Goonies," ''Titanic," ''Field of Dreams" and "Die Hard" are among the 25 movies tapped for preservation this year.
The library selects movies for preservation because of their cultural, historic or artistic importance.
Retired librarian using her skills to research family ties to Norwich Hospital
Julianne Mangin stood at the edge of the former Norwich Hospital on a brisk fall afternoon recently, gazed out at the mostly cleared landscape and was silent for a moment.
Even cleared of the dozens of institutional buildings, and with weeds growing through cracked pavement of old parking lots and roads, seeing the property where her grandmother, great grandmother and two aunts spent many years of their lives in the early 20th century felt important.
Dick Cavett donates talk-show series to Library of Congress
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dick Cavett is donating more than 2,000 episodes of his TV talk show to the Library of Congress.
The donation announced Friday by the library includes episodes of "The Dick Cavett Show" from his 35 years as host during the 1960s to 1980s.
Among the guests featured: Muhammad Ali, Orson Welles, Jimi Hendrix, Groucho Marx and Janis Joplin.
Fish fall from sky with rain in northern Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Civil defense officials in northeast Mexico say a light rain was accompanied by small fish that fell from the sky.
Tamaulipas civil defense says in a brief statement that rain Tuesday in the coastal city of Tampico included fish. Photos posted on the agency's Facebook page show four small fish in a bag and another on a sidewalk.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Library of Congress is offering a new tour of its Thomas Jefferson Building, a tour designed for visitors with visual impairments.
The library said in a statement that the "Touch History" tour will run the first and third Tuesday mornings of each month with the exception of September.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi libraries can apply for free books through the Library of Congress Surplus Books Program.
Republican Sen. Roger Wicker says the Library of Congress receives more than 20,000 items a day, keeping about half for its permanent collection.
The Library of Congress opened its catalogs to the world. Here’s why it matters
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Melissa Levine, University of Michigan
WASHINGTON (AP) — A driver struck a barrier and a police cruiser near the Library of Congress on Monday, injuring a U.S. Capitol Police officer, the police said.
The individual was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries. The officer also was taken to the hospital and released after being treated for minor injuries.
Tony Bennett receives Gershwin prize from national library
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tony Bennett, the beloved and durable interpreter of American standards whose chart-topping career spans seven decades, has been honored with this year's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Brookfield teacher selected for Library of Congress program
BROOKFIELD - A local teacher was selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in a program through the Library of Congress later this month.
Jennifer Rocca, a Brookfield High School teacher, will attend the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute from June 26 to June 30.
Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith is new US poet laureate
NEW YORK (AP) — Tracy K. Smith, the country's new poet laureate, would like to start a conversation.
"A poem asks you to let go many of your assumptions, move away from your own certainties and to listen," says Smith, 45, a Pulitzer Prize winner whose appointment to a one-year term was announced Wednesday by the Library of Congress.
Legend of 1977 Grateful Dead show at Cornell lives on
ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — The Grateful Dead performed thousands of concerts, none acclaimed quite like their May 8, 1977, show at a Cornell University field house on a freakishly snowy night.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The board of the Baltimore public library system has appointed a new president, filling the position vacated by the current Library of Congress head.
The Baltimore Sun reports (http://bsun.md/2oh9rPh ) that Ohio librarian Heidi Daniel will lead the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The system is now in the midst of a $115 million renovation focusing on digital modernization of its central branch.
WASHINGTON (AP) — An album containing a rare photograph of abolitionist and Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman has been acquired by the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian's new African-American history museum.
The album was sold at auction Thursday in New York for $161,000. The National Museum of African American History and Culture and the national library announced their joint purchase on Friday.
Library of Congress preserving some oldies, goodies
WASHINGTON — The Library of Congress will preserve the recordings of 25 additional artists and personalities in the National Recording Registry, including hip-hop group NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton” album, Judy Garland’s single, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” David Bowie’s “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” album and Barbra Streisand’s 1964 single, “People.”
N.W.A., Vin Scully to be preserved by Library of Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — First it became the basis for an Oscar-nominated movie. Now, "Straight Outta Compton" — the groundbreaking album from rap group N.W.A. and a one-time flashpoint in the nation's culture wars — has been selected for the prestigious National Recording Registry.
WWII hero’s items to be on exhibit at Library of Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — Army officer George S. Patton Jr. was pinned down by German machine gun fire. His tanks were scattered, and many of his men had been hit. Armed only with his revolver, he was afraid to go forward, but knew he couldn't go back.
Trembling, and fighting the urge to run, he looked up and seemed to see his warrior ancestors watching from the clouds. Suddenly calm, he realized he was about to give his life, like his Patton kin in the Civil War.
Marilynne Robinson honored with Library of Congress American fiction prize
Marilynne Robinson, the lauded essayist and novelist who was born and raised in North Idaho, will be honored with a program next month at the Library of Congress.
95-year-old WWII vet gets Bronze Star, other overdue medals
VAN WERT, Ohio (AP) — A 95-year-old World War II veteran in Ohio has received his combat medals that were mistakenly withheld.
U.S. Rep. Bob Latta presented a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and other decorations to Orval Mullen on Wednesday, his birthday, at an American Legion hall in Van Wert.
Library of Congress store removes misspelled Trump poster
WASHINGTON (AP) — An inauguration poster of President Donald Trump that included a misspelling in a quote has been removed from the online store of the Library of Congress.
The poster includes Trump's quote, "No dream is too big, no challenge is to great. Nothing we want for the future is beyond our reach." The phrase should be "too great."