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Saturday Night Romance Event at the Library of Congress Book Festival, and More!

If you’re in the Washington, DC, area and feel like hearing some awesomeness directly fed into your excellent eardrums, heads up! There is a Romance Pavilion at this year’s Library of Congress National Book Festival, which, hell YEAH,...Show More Summary

SIgn of the Times: Familiar Glow: Roadside Neon Signs from the Library of Congress

Neon Department of Utilities sign, Tuscumbia, Alabama. Photo by Carol Highsmith. On long road trips today, any glow a passenger spots from the backseat of a car is just as likely to come from the tablets and seatback televisions...

Library of Congress’s computer woes also disrupt national service for blind and disabled users

  The computer failures at the Library of Congress that have crippled the U.S. Copyright Office since last week also have shut down the electronic services of the National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. That office’s Braille and Recorded Books, or BARD service, has not worked since Tuesday, preventing thousands of visually impaired […]

National Book Festival: Miss Lasko-Gross enchantingly taps the art of our unease

ED. NOTE: Tomorrow at 7 p.m., Comic Riffs will host and emcee the Graphic Novel Night pavilion at the Library of Congress’s National Book Festival. The participating cartoonists will include Lalo Alcaraz, Keith Knight, Diane Noomin, Stephan Pastis, Trina Robbins and Scott Stantis. Show More Summary

Copyright Office's Online Registration System Has Been Down All Week

23 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Back in March, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which tends to do really great work, came out with an absolutely scathing report on the disaster that is the Library of Congress, and didn't beat around the bush in blaming the...Show More Summary

National Book Festival: Pioneer Trina Robbins ever a vital voice for women creators

ED. NOTE: Tomorrow night, beginning at 7, Comic Riffs will host and emcee the Graphic Novel Night pavilion at the Library of Congress’s National Book Festival. The participating cartoonists will include Lalo Alcaraz, Keith Knight, Miss Lasko-Gross, Diane Noomin, Stephan Pastis and Scott Stantis. Show More Summary

Wright Stuff: Frank Lloyd Wright, Master of Gas Station Design

Photo via Library of Congress/CityLab/span> Drivers will pass by innumerable gas stations during road trips the upcoming three-day weekend, but unless their itinerary takes them to Northern Minnesota, chances are they won't be see this rare roadside project from...

Glorious Photos of TWA Terminal from the Golden Age of Air Travel

Arrivals and departures board with information desk, TWA Flight Center, c. 1962. (Photo: © Library of Congress/Prints & Photographs Division/Balthazar Korab Archive LC-DIG-krb-00617) In October 1958, Pan American World Airways launched...Show More Summary

Capturing the stories of World War II vets

The Library of Congress is capturing the stories of D.C.-area World War II veterans in honor of the 70th anniversary of VJ Day.

eCO Registration System Down

Over the weekend, as part of routine maintenance, the Library of Congress shut down a data center that hosts a number of U.S. Copyright Office systems, including the online copyright registration system, eCO. The Library of CongressShow More Summary

Privacy Protectors: Crucial Contributions by Librarians

Books and authors are celebrated on September 5th at the Library of Congress' annual "National Book Festival" in D.C. Smaller celebrations will be held in communities throughout September. So now is an opportune time to recognize the critical role libraries and librarians play in creating environments where people can freely explore ideas. Show More Summary

Stuntin’ in my two-four – my 1924 Ford Model T, that is

4 days agoVehicles / Cars :

Photo courtesy Library of Congress. Wheelies, funny cars, urban highway stuntin’ – they all require some sort of weight transfer for maximum effectiveness, for poking the front wheels skyward and for putting on a show. And nobody seemed to understand that principle better than a series of automotive showboaters on rural parade routes in the […]

Page and Perspective: A National Book Festival For the Ages

It is the 200th anniversary of the Library of Congress. [ more › ]

Warren G. Harding Was The First Celebrity-Endorsed President

Warren G. Harding campaigns for the presidency in 1919. (Photo: Library of Congress) Nearly a century after his death, Warren G. Harding is having a moment in the limelight. Thanks to timeless curiosity and modern genetic testing, the...Show More Summary

From Pony Express to Amazon Drone: The Strange History of Delivering Packages

Rural Free Delivery, 1914. (Photo: Library of Congress) These days, with maps that tell you exactly when a bus is coming and weather apps that notify you exactly 12 minutes before it will start raining, the package delivery industry would seemingly have figured out how to pinpoint when your Amazon order will arrive. And yet, no. Show More Summary

There's a Hidden Conveyor Belt Under the Capitol That Was Just for Moving Books

Most people who work in the U.S. Capitol don’t know about the 100-year-old book conveyor tunnel underneath them that used to connect the building to the Library of Congress. It’s long since abandoned, but it’s still down there. Read more...

Some things can only be said in a tragic Mexican corrido — and here’s your chance

Come gather ’round me people, a story I will tell…. Whoops, if this were a Mexican corrido, we might have begun that way (except in Spanish). Since it’s a blog post about the first-ever Library of Congress Mexican corrido song-writing workshop, let’s get to the facts. The library’s American Folklife Center just put out the call for participants to […]

Cartoon of the Day: ‘Pearls Before Swine’ is just dying to attend National Book Festival

SOME MONTHS BACK, Comic Riffs asked Stephan Pastis to be a featured guest for our “Graphic Novel Night” Pavilion at the Library of Congress’s forthcoming National Book Festival. When Pastis said yes, The Post (a co-sponsor of the event) replied: Great. Super. Terrific!Read full article >>

Old Photos Turned Into Creepy Animated GIFs

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The combination of black and white photos found on the Library of Congress online archive with the imagination and talent of Kevin Weir (Flux …

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