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The Library of Congress offers these events to the public at its Washington, D.C. location free of charge, except where otherwise noted. Schedules are subject to change. Check back to this site for the latest information.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Tour — Public Tours of the Jefferson Building

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
Location: Ground Floor Visitors' Theater.
Contact: (202) 707-8000

Film — "Thriller"

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Thriller" (ITV, 1974).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

Concert — St. Lawrence Quartet

8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The St. Lawrence String Quartet performs the piano quintet written in 1908 by American composer Amy Beach, along with works by Beethoven and Korngold. Tickets required.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

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All Public Events for October 2014

Books and Beyond

Mark Twain

October 22, 2014, Noon - 1 p.m.
Harry Katz discusses and signs his book "Mark Twains America: A Celebration of Words and Images."
Location: Mumford, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1519

Columbus Book of Privileges

October 28, 2014, Noon - 1 p.m.
John Hessler, Daniel De Simone and Chet Van Duzer discuss and sign their book "Christopher Columbus Book of Privileges: 1502, the Claiming of a New World."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1519

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Ceremony

Americas Awards

October 3, 2014, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Susan Roth and Cindy Trumbore receive the Americas Award for Childrens and Young Adult Literature for their book "Parrots Over Puerto Rico."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1519

National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest

October 17, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, along with the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America presents the National Collegiate Book Collecting Ceremony and Reception.
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1519

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Concert

Mavis Staples

October 11, 2014, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Mavis Staples performs gospel, soul, R & B, jazz and rock. Tickets required.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Cellist Katinka Kleijn

October 16, 2014, 9 p.m. - 11 p.m.
In her collaboration with composers Daniel Dehaan and Ryan Ingebritsen, cellist Katinka Kleijn connects to an EEG headset to play a live duet with her brain waves. Tickets are required.
Location: Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE Washington, DC
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Broadway Musical Creators

October 17, 2014, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Steven Lutvak, Jeanine Tesori and David Yazbek, three of Broadways hottest musical creators, perform their own music. Tickets are required.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

St. Lawrence Quartet

October 24, 2014, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The St. Lawrence String Quartet performs the piano quintet written in 1908 by American composer Amy Beach, along with works by Beethoven and Korngold. Tickets required.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Vox Luminis

October 29, 2014, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
For its Washington, D.C. debut, Belgian ensemble Vox Luminis offers a celebration of the Italian Baroque, featuring works by Claudio Monteverdi and Domenico Scarlatti. Tickets are required.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Ensemble Dal Niente

October 30, 2014, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Ensemble Dal Niente features the music of George Lewis, including a new commission from the Library and a recent work written especially for the Chicago-based group. Tickets are required.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

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Film

Czech Fillm Series

October 1, 2014, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
"Father of the Refugees," also from the documentary trilogy "Between a Star and a Crescent," looks at the work of Charles Jordan and his mysterious death in 1967.
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-9897

National Newspaper Week Double Feature

October 2, 2014, 7:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
"Five Star Final" (Warner Bros., 1931) and "Blessed Event" (Warner Bros., 1932). 7:30 p.m., Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va. Contact 7-9994.
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"His Girl Friday"

October 3, 2014, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"His Girl Friday" (Columbia, 1940). 7:30 p.m., Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va. Contact 7-9994.
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Newsies"

October 4, 2014, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
"Newsies" (Disney, 1992).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

James Garner on Television

October 9, 2014, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Maverick" (ABC, 1957-1962) and "The Rockford Files" (NBC, 1974-1980).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Murphys Romance"

October 16, 2014, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Murphys Romance" (Columbia, 1986).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"The Americanization of Emily"

October 17, 2014, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"The Americanization of Emily" (MGM, 1964).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"To Have and Have Not"

October 18, 2014, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"To Have and Have Not" (Warner Bros., 1944).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Dark Passage"

October 23, 2014, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Dark Passage" (Warner Bros., 1947).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Thriller"

October 24, 2014, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Thriller" (ITV, 1974).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Casper"

October 25, 2014, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
"Casper" (Universal, 1995).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Four Flies on Grey Velvet"

October 25, 2014, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Four Flies on Grey Velvet" (Paramount, 1971, R-rated).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"The Witching Hour"

October 30, 2014, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"The Witching Hour" (Paramount, 1921).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

Halloween Double Feature

October 31, 2014, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"The Company of Wolves" (Cannon Film Distributors, 1984, R-rated) and "Halloween Mystery Movie" (9:30 p.m., R-rated).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

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Holiday

Columbus Day

October 13, 2014, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Jefferson Buildings Great Hall and exhibitions will be open to the public. A special Main Reading Room open house will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., along with the Young Readers Center. All other reading rooms and other Library buildings will be closed in observance of the federal Columbus Day holiday.
Location: Jefferson Building, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-8000

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Lecture

Ghandi Birthday Celebration

October 2, 2014, Noon - 1 p.m.
Nalini Natarajan of the University of Puerto Rico discusses her book "Atlantic Ghandi: The Mahatma Overseas."
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-2666

Hispanic Heritage Month

October 2, 2014, Noon - 1 p.m.
Carmen Boullosa discusses her latest novel "Texas: The Great Theft."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-6404

Wallace Stevens

October 2, 2014, Noon - 1 p.m.
Poets Jennifer Michael Hecht and Peter Streckfus celebrate the birthday of Wallace Stevens by reading selections of his work and discussing his influence on their own writing.
Location: Dining Room A, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Copland as Cultural Diplomat

October 7, 2014, Noon - 1 p.m.
Carol Hess of the University of California at Davis presents "Copland as Good Neighbor: Cultural Diplomacy in Latin America During World War II."
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-8437

Robert Pinsky Reading

October 7, 2014, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Poet Robert Pinsky reads and discusses the translation of his poems into Spanish for his bilingual book "Ginza Samba: Selected Poems."
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Climate and Wildfires

October 9, 2014, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Douglas Morton, NASA Goddard physical scientist, presents "Climate and Wildfires in the 21st Century."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1209

Race and the American Musical Theater

October 10, 2014, Noon - 1 p.m.
Warren Hoffman, a program director, producer, theater critic and playwright, discusses the role of race in American musical theater.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-8437

Christopher Columbus

October 13, 2014, 11 a.m. - Noon
John Hessler of the Library's Geography and Map Division discusses and signs copies of his book "Christopher Columbus Book of Privileges: 1502 The Claiming of a New World."
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-2153

American Ballet Theatre

October 14, 2014, Midnight - 1 p.m.
Victoria Phillips of Columbia University, who co-curated the Librarys "American Ballet Theatre: 75 Years Touring the Globe" exhibition, discusses the American Ballet Theatre collection.
Location: Mumford, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-8437

Poetry and Music

October 14, 2014, Noon - 1 p.m.
Dana Gioia, poet, essayist, and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, discusses the relationship between poetry and music and explores the ways in which poetry achieves its special expressive power.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Macedonian Ethnic Identity

October 17, 2014, Noon - 1 p.m.
Ernest N. Damianopoulos discusses "The Search for Modern Macedonian Ethnic Identity."
Location: European Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-4371

Conversations with African Poets & Writers Series

October 17, 2014, Noon - 1 p.m.
Cote d'Ivoirean writer Veronique Tadjo reads selections from her work and participates in a moderated discussion with Marieta Harper, Africa Area Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division.
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Collections of the Music Division

October 21, 2014, Noon - 1 p.m.
Mark Eden Horowitz of the Music Division presents "I Bet You Didnt Know We Had This &"
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Stew

October 23, 2014, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
In a special appearance, Stew discusses his career as a playwright, songwriter, poet and lyricist. Tickets required.
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Politics of Asterix

October 29, 2014, Noon - 1 p.m.
Keijo Karjalainen, cultural counselor of the Embassy of Finland, presents "The Politics of Asterix."
Location: European Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9814

Kanga Stories

October 30, 2014, Noon - 1 p.m.
Authors Phyllis Ressler and Lara Ressler Horst speak about their book "Kanga Stories" and display kanga cloths from their personal collections.
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1982

Asian American-literature

October 30, 2014, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
MacArthur fellow Yiyun Li reads from her work and discusses the state of Asian American-literature.
Location: Mumford, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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Panel Discussion

Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 1, 2014, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Jeff Rosen and Anne Sommers join congressional staffers and interns with disabilities in a discussion titled "Making a Difference on the Hill: People with Disabilities Serving Congress."
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-0698

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Gallery Talk

Civil Rights Act exhibition

October 1, 2014, Noon - 1 p.m.
Curator Adrienne Cannon of the Manuscript Division and Betsy Nahum-Miller, exhibition director, discuss selected items in "The Civil Rights Act of 1964: The Long Struggle For Freedom" exhibition.
Location: Southwest Gallery, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-0185

Political Cartoonist Howard Brodie

October 8, 2014, Noon - 1 p.m.
Sara Duke of the Prints and Photographs Division presents a talk on political cartoonist Howard Brodie's work relating to the Civil Rights movement.
Location: Southwest Gallery, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-0185

American Ballet Theatre

October 15, 2014, Noon - 1 p.m.
Victoria Phillips of Columbia University and co-curator of the "American Ballet Theatre: Touring the Globe for 75 Years" exhibition leads a tour of the exhibition's highlights.
Location: LM 113 Performing Arts Reading Room, First floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-0185

Civil Rights Act

October 22, 2014, Noon - 1 p.m.
Curator Robert Brammer of the Law Library presents "From the Ashes of Reconstruction to the Heart of Atlanta: The Long Battle to Integrate Public Accommodations."
Location: Southwest Gallery, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-0185

Civil Rights History Project

October 29, 2014, Noon - 1 p.m.
Guha Shankar and Kate Stewart of the American Folklife Center share a selection of oral histories from the Civil Rights History Project Collection.
Location: Southwest Gallery, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-0185

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Tour

Public Tours of the Jefferson Building

Monday to Saturday: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. (no 12:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. tour on Saturdays)
Location: Ground Floor Visitors' Theater.
Contact: (202) 707-8000

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