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Five Things You’ll Find In My Bag 

  • a book
  • a pencil
  • pads
  • chap stick
  • hair ties

Five Things You’ll Find In My Bedroom

  • blankets (a lot of them) 
  • pillows
  • books
  • a glass of water 
  • notebooks

Five Things I’ve Always Wanted To Do

  • go to France 
  • visit the Library of Congress
  • see a performance at the Globe 
  • write a book 
  • get more tattoos

Five Things That Make Me Happy

  • my sister 
  • books
  • rabbits 
  • libraries 
  • cake

Five Things That I’m Currently Into

  • Still Star Crossed 
  • Blue lipstick 
  • Laini Taylor
  • Baking and cooking 
  • Psychology

Five Things On My To-Do-List 

  • Get my freaking computer fixed so sound doesn’t cut out any more 
  • Visit France 
  • Learn nail art
  • Get my license
  • Write a book 

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If you do a Google search for “card catalog” it will likely return Pinterest-worthy images of antique furniture for sale — boxy, wooden cabinets with tiny drawers, great for storing knick-knacks, jewelry or art supplies.

But before these cabinets held household objects, they held countless index cards — which, at the time, were the pathways to knowledge and information. A new book from the Library of Congress celebrates these catalogs as the analog ancestor of the search engine.

File This Under Nostalgia: New Book Pays Tribute To The Library Card Catalog

Image: Tracy K. Smith visits the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. (Shawn Miller/Library of Congress)

Tracy K. Smith knows many readers are intimidated by line breaks. She knows people don’t like identifying consonance, assonance or alliteration.

But Smith — the newly announced 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry of the United States — wants to help America push past that anxiety.

“What do you hear? What do you feel? What does this remind you of?” she asks NPR. “These are all real and valid reactions to a poem.”

The poet laureate is appointed by the librarian of Congress and fills the role for a year. Smith takes the mantle from Juan Felipe Herrera, who has served two terms.

Tracy K. Smith, New U.S. Poet Laureate, Calls Poems Her ‘Anchor’

usatoday.com
Lynda Carter will give 'Wonder Woman' sequel a spin if it's 'a decent part'
Carter, who portrayed Diana Prince in the 1970s television series said there's hope that she might be in a sequel.

“I went with my family — my grown children and my husband — to the premiere, and my heart was pounding. And I was taken up because the essence of who that character is for so many of us, and for so long: there’s a goodness; there’s a heart. It’s about something. It’s about who we are as people against the violence. It’s about defending what’s right.”

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From the Library of Congress, The Card Catalog takes readers on a treasure hunt through the history of our most beloved books. Teeming with over 200 images of original catalog cards, first edition book covers, and photos from magnificent archives of the Library of Congress, this collection is a visual celebration of one of the world’s most famous libraries and the brilliant catalog system that has kept it organized for hundreds of years.

Here is the introduction of the book written by Peter Devereaux, Writer-Editor at The Library of Congress.

Wandering the stacks at the Library of Congress can be as overwhelming as it is inspiring. Drifting through the maze of bookshelves evokes images of Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges’s fictional Library of Babel—a seemingly infinite labyrinth of books.

Being surrounded by the collected memory of the human race is a reminder of the intrinsic desire for both knowledge and organization. Ever since the emergence of the written word, humans have scribbled down myths, stories, histories, and natural observations and worked tirelessly to gather and protect these fragments of a shared past.

Evolving alongside, in the shadows of the written word, was one of the most versatile and durable technologies in history: the library catalog—a road map for navigating this wilderness of books. The humble yet powerful card catalog progressed slowly and, like countless other important inventions, owes its existence to a number of brilliant thinkers, as well as to the twists and turns of history.

From the peculiar and idiosyncratic methods of ancient libraries to far more intricate, comprehensive modern attempts, library catalogs are a tangible example of humanity’s effort to establish and preserve the possibility of order.

Assembled in handsome oak cabinets, the card catalog once framed the palatial Main Reading Room at the Library of Congress. It has now fallen to the exigencies of modern life, replaced by the flickering screens of the online computer catalog. One would need to venture farther into the stacks to find the Main Card Catalog.

Opening a drawer and flipping through the well-worn cards, many handwritten and filled with marginalia containing valuable information not to be found in an Internet search, leaves one with a sense of awe at how catalogers distilled so much information onto simple 3-by-5-inch index cards—cards that still sit neatly filed, waiting to reveal the treasures hidden in the hundreds of miles of Library stacks on Capitol Hill.”

—Peter Devereaux
Writer-Editor at The Library of Congress


See inside the book over on our blog.

Four Screenplays of Ingmar Bergman

Translated from the Swedish by Lars Malmstrom and David Kushner

“Jacket design by Tony Palladino”

“INGMAR BERGMAN’S PHOTGRAPH BY DAN BUDNIK, MAGNUM”

Simon and Schuster, New York, 1960

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 60-14283

back cover:

Tracy K. Smith is your new US poet laureate

  • Tracy K. Smith, the 45-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, has been named the new United States poet laureate, the Library of Congress announced on Wednesday.
  • In a statement on Wednesday, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said that it gave her “great pleasure” to appoint Smith, “a poet of searching,” to the position.
  • Hayden went on to praise Smith’s work, saying that it “travels the world and takes on its voices; brings history and memory to life; calls on the power of literature as well as science, religion and pop culture.”
  • Smith is the 22nd poet to hold the position, officially titled the “Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry of the United States,” NPR reported on Wednesday. She succeeds Juan Felipe Herrera, who has spent two yearlong terms as the poet laureate. Read more (6/14/17)

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