Events at the Library of Congress
Live! at the Library: Library of Congress Holiday Celebration
Thursday, December 15, 4:30-5:30 p.m. ET
Celebrate the season with musical performances, festive refreshments, a visit by Santa and a special storytime with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.
Live! at the Library: Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry with Rita Dove and Heid E. Erdrich
Thursday, December 8, 7-8 p.m. ET
This event celebrates the biennial Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, given in 2022 to former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove for Lifetime Achievement and to Heid E. Erdrich for her poetry collection “Little Big Bully.” Both winners will read from their work.
Jason Reynolds: Closing Celebration for National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
Tuesday, December 13, 10:30 a.m-Noon ET
Jason Reynolds will close his tenure as the 2020-2022 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by celebrating his GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story platform.
Stradivari Anniversary: Aizuri Quartet
Saturday, December 17, 8-9:30 p.m. ET
Winners of the coveted Cleveland Quartet Award, the Aizuri Quartet delights with a bold program featuring a soulful, beautiful and surprising collection of songs from diverse time periods, traditions and styles, written and arranged for string quartet. The quartet draws its name from aizuri-e, a style of predominantly blue Japanese wood-block printing notable for its vibrancy and striking detail. Join for a preconcert conversation with the artists at 6:30 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion.
2022 Top Three Literacy Award Winners
Thursday, December 15, 1-2:30 p.m. ET
Join us for a conversation with this year’s top three Literacy Awards Program winners. This session will be moderated by Lee Ann Potter, Director of Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives at the Library of Congress.
Christmas in Connecticut (Warner Bros, 1945)
Friday, December 16, 7:30 p.m. ET | Packard Campus Theater
Barbara Stanwyck’s Christmas will turn into one big lump of coal unless she can navigate her deception. She writes about the perfect housewife, but now must become one for returning war hero Dennis Morgan.
A Christmas Story (MGM/UA, 1983)
Saturday, December 17, 2 p.m. ET | Packard Campus Theater
Christmas 1940, the last for America before war takes over the holidays for the next five years. Young Ralphie hopes to get the Christmas present his mother told him was out of the question.
“White Christmas” (Paramount, 1954)
Saturday, December 17, 7:30 p.m. ET | Packard Campus Theater
Two war buddies help out their old commanding officer with a lot of singing and dancing. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye are the buddies, and Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen are a pair of sisters that jump in and help. Spoiler Alert: Bing will sing “White Christmas”… a couple of times.
Webinars at the Library of Congress
The Boundaries of Afghanistan During the Great Game
Tuesday, December 13, 3-4 p.m. ET
This virtual orientation will provide an introduction to the maps housed at the Library of Congress, with a special focus on the maps that delineate the boundaries of Afghanistan and its neighboring territories during the Great Game period during the 19th century.
Exhibitions at the Library of Congress
Several exhibitions are open for visitors to visit at the Library of Congress.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to enter the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building and experience the exhibition, each visitor must apply for and receive one of a limited number of free timed entry passes. For information on reserving tickets, visit loc.gov/visit, where visitors can review “Know Before You Go” guidelines and reserve their free passes.