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Library of Congress Adds Green Day, ABBA, Notorious B.I.G., and More to National Recording Registry

The Library of Congress has added 25 recordings to the National Recording Registry, enshrining them as audio treasures worthy of preservation for all time based on their cultural, historical, or aesthetic importance in the nation’s recorded sound heritage.

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Author Raj Tawney

The Power of Libraries and an Encouraging Mom

Raj Tawney is an essayist and journalist who often writes about family, food, and culture from his multiracial American perspective. His debut memoir, “Colorful Palate: A Flavorful Journey Through a Mixed American Experience,” was recently released. His second book, “All Mixed Up,” a middle grade novel, will be released fall 2024. We’re happy to have Tawney share with us the impact that libraries have had on his life and career.

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Dunkerton (Iowa) Public Library

A Boon for Small and Rural Libraries

Millions of dollars are heading to libraries in small and rural communities across the country, thanks to a major grant initiative from the American Library Association (ALA). On March 4, ALA announced it would be distributing $3.6 million to 310 libraries across 45 U.S. states to help increase the accessibility of their facilities, services, and programs for people with disabilities.

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Hall Branch opening day, January 1932. Vivian Harsh, center. Source: Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection, George Cleveland Hall Branch Archives, Photo 084

Largest Collection of Black History and Literature in the Midwest to be Digitized

One of the largest collections of Black history and literature in the U.S. can be found in a library in Chicago, but soon it will be accessible to everyone around the world. Thanks to a $2 million grant, nearly 300,000 pieces from the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection will be digitized.

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