The Library of Congress today announced the winners of its “A Book That Shaped Me”: Summer Writing Contest, a program that asks rising fifth- and sixth-graders to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact in their lives. More than 300 young readers submitted essays to participating public libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region in this seventh year of the contest. Launched in 2012 with the DC Public Library, “A Book That Shaped Me” expanded with the help of public libraries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The local libraries offered the contest as part of their summer-reading programs. Thirty finalists total, from the states that received entries, were chosen in an initial round of judging. The finalists each will receive a $50 gift-card prize. Judging was conducted by members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The AASL works to … [Read more...] about Latest News: Summer Writing Contest Winners
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SportsThe Josh Gordon saga has come to an end with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. How it will specifically end in the next 24 to 36 hours, and where Gordon will end up, are the biggest lingering questions as we consider the latest news and updates Sunday.Gordon will not be in uniform with the Browns Sunday vs. the Saints after the team said later Saturday night it is releasing the talented former Pro Bowl receiver plagued by substance issues the past four seasons. That's much we know. It's over in Cleveland after Gordon showed up late to the team's facility Saturday, complaining he was "not himself.""Team doctors examined him, and in addition to the tweaked hamstring, there was concern that perhaps he was struggling again with his sobriety or on the verge of relapsing, sources said," according to cleveland.com.First, let’s consider how the Browns will dispose of Gordon, the 27-year-old who has faced multiple drug violations but had practiced all week and seemed focused on … [Read more...] about Josh Gordon Update, Latest News: Cleveland Browns May Trade Troubled Receiver, But Where?
Coinciding with World Architecture Day on Oct. 1, the Library of Congress and the National Park Service (NPS) announced today the 2018 recipients of Leicester B. Holland Prize, honoring outstanding historic building, structure or landscape drawing. A survey drawing of Daniel Chester French’s studio, by the team of Tenzin Nyandak and Grace Meloy, and led by Ashley Wilson of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is the 2018 Holland Prize winner. French, the 19th-century American sculptor, is best known for his design of the Sitting Lincoln for Washington D.C.’s Lincoln Memorial. His studio, known as Meadowlark is located at Chesterwood, French’s summer estate in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. “Chesterwood has become a significant historic site to commemorate the work of Daniel Chester French,” said Robert Arzola, architect and project manager at NPS’s Historic American Buildings Survey. “The work of these students truly … [Read more...] about Latest News: Library of Congress Announces Winner of 2018 Holland Prize
The Library of Congress announced today that it has acquired the original manuscripts documenting the work of composer, arranger and pianist Billy Strayhorn. An important star in the jazz firmament, Strayhorn was the source of much of the sound of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He worked with Ellington for nearly 30 years, writing or collaborating on more than 200 tunes and arrangements for the band. Strayhorn wrote the orchestra’s signature tune, “Take the ‘A’ Train.” The Strayhorn Collection contains nearly 18,000 documents, which include music manuscripts, lyric sheets and scripts, financial and business papers dating from the 1940s, and photographs from the 1930s through the 1960s. The richest portion of the collection is approximately 3,000 music manuscripts in Strayhorn’s own handwriting, including lead sheets, piano-vocal scores and complete orchestrations. These include compositions written solely by Strayhorn or in collaboration with Duke … [Read more...] about Latest News: Library Acquires Billy Strayhorn Archives
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 of America’s most influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage. These films range from Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” and Paul Newman’s unforgettable “Hud” to the opulent musical “My Fair Lady” and the rocking sounds of “Monterey Pop.” Selection to the registry will help ensure that these films will be preserved for all time. “The National Film Registry turns 30 this year and for those three decades, we have been recognizing, celebrating and preserving this distinctive medium,” Hayden said. “These cinematic treasures must be protected because they document our history, culture, hopes and dreams.” A forbidden love affair, the ravages of alcoholism, an animated classic, … [Read more...] about Latest News: National Film Registry Turns 30