Library of Congress Magazine (LCM), Vol. 1 No. 2: November-December 2012 Page: 25
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12TH ANNUAL NATIONAL BOOK
FESTIVAL CELEBRATES THE BOOK
Book-lovers from across the country gathered on
the National Mall Sept. 22 and 23 to celebrate
reading and literacy at the 2012 National Book
Festival. Organized by the Library of Congress,
with Honorary Co-Chairs President Barack
Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, the event
featured presentations and book-signings by more
than 125 bestselling authors, illustrators and poets.
the two-day festival, now in its 12th year, featured
presentations in various pavilions, including
Children, Teens & Children, Contemporary Life,
Fiction & Mystery, History & Biography, Poetry
& Prose, Sci Fi/Fantasy/Graphic Novels and on
the Family Storytelling Stage. Festival-goers of all
ages met their favorite authors, posed with beloved
storybook characters (courtesy of PBS KIDS),
played literacy games and participated in sing-
alongs and read-alouds.
the 2012 National Book Festival was made
possible through the generous support of
National Book Festival Board Co-Chair David
M. Rubenstein; Charter Sponsors Target, The
Washington Post, Wells Fargo and the Institute
of Museum and Library Services; Patrons the
National Endowment for the Arts and PBS KIDS;
Contributors Barnes & Noble; Digital Bookmobile
powered by OverDrive, LEGO Systems, Inc. and
Scholastic Inc.; and-in the Friends category
the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, The
Hay-Adams and the National Endowment for
the Humanities. C-SPAN2's Book TV, The
Junior League of Washington and The Links also
O MORE: www.loc.gov/bookfest/
O MORE: www.youtube.com/ iibraryofcongress
KUBRICK FILM RESTORED, RELEASED
The Library's Packard Campus for Audio Visual
Conservation in Culpeper, Va., has restored
Stanley Kubrick's first feature-length film, "Fear
and Desire" (1953), which foreshadows his later
war-themed works "Full Metal Jacket" (1988) and
"Paths of Glory" (1957). The film, which follows
a squad of soldiers who have crash-landed behind
enemy lines and must work their way downriver
to rejoin their unit, has rarely been shown since
its original release. The Library of Congress
photochemically preserved both the picture and
soundtrack in 1993, directly from the original
negatives. The film was digitally restored by the
Library prior to its recent release on DVD and
Blu-ray by Kino Lorber Inc.
Rep. Gregg Harper, at podium, Librarian of Congress
James H. Billington and Rep. Dan Lungren
introduced the Congress.gov beta website to the
public in September. See story on page 5.
Photo I Cecelia Rogers
CHRONICLING AMERICA HITS
5 MILLION MARK
The Library's online database of historic American
newspapers known as Chronicling America has
placed its 5 millionth page online. Chronicling
America is operated by the National Digital
Newspaper Program, a partnership between the
Library and the National Endowment for the
Humanities. The website debuted in 2007 with
226,000 pages from newspapers published in six
states and the District of Columbia between 1900
and 1910. Today the site offers 5 million pages
from 737 newspapers published in 25 states and
Washington, D.C., between 1836 and 1922.The
pages trace life in America from industry trends
(birth of the automobile) to major events like
Lincoln's assassination (1865), the sinking of the
Titanic (1912) and the end of World War I (1918).
o MORE: www.chroniclingamerica.loc.gov
O MORE: www. Iloc.gov/today/pr/2012/12-198.html
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