a Gateway to Knowledge

Some cool facts about the Library of Congress:
  • Has over 145 million pieces in its collection
  • Houses the U.S. Copyright Office, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and the Congressional Research Service (which as you guessed it--does the research for members of Congress)
  •  The LofC also has books in 470 languages
  • The Library of Congress opened in 1800, was burned by the British in 1814 (nearly destroying everything!); was recreated when Congress paid Thomas Jefferson $23, 950 for over 6,400 books; then suffered another fire in 1851, destroying over half of the collection once more! You can imagine they have mad fire-proofing skills these days!
  • The LofC was once housed in the Capital building
I was recently able to visit the Library of Congress' traveling, "Gateway to Knowledge" Exhibit.
The exhibit--touring via an 18 wheeler truck--gave a glimpse into the variety and scale of what sorts of things the Library of Congress has in its collection. I think for most people they might be surprised by what they find. I think this exhibit would be a good way of introducing these themes to kids. But, for me personally, I was a little disappointed. I wanted more depth, more details, not a half an hour walk through teaser! I felt like so much more could have been done with the space. I think I just need to go to the damn Library of Congress! Still, it's worth checking out: Last chance to see it:
Aug. 18-20
Park Square, Bank Row
Pittsfield, Mass., 5-9 p.m. (Thursday)
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Friday-Saturday)
Aug. 23-24 Amsterdam Free Library
Amsterdam, N.Y., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Aug. 26-27 Fletcher Free Library
Burlington, Vt., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Aug. 30-31 New Hampshire State House
Concord, N.H., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sept. 2-3 Monument Square
Portland, Maine, noon – 8 p.m.
Sept. 6-7 Newport Public Library
Newport, R.I., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sept. 13-14 Montgomery Twnshp Upper Middle School
Montgomery, N.J., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sept. 16-17 Urbana Regional Library
Urbana, Md., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sept. 20-21 Culpeper County Library
Culpeper, Va., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sept. 24-25 National Book Festival
Washington, D.C., 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Sat.),
1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Sunday)


And speaking of traveling exhibits:
“Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible”

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