Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Traveling Librarian: Library of Congress

Greetings! I've just returned from the impressive Library of Congress in Washington, D.C! There are three buildings comprising the Library of Congress. I visited the main Thomas Jefferson Building, which is incredibly ornate. The marble walls are decorated with rich murals and mosaics and inscribed with quotations and names of authors and names important to all aspects of history, arts, sciences, and law. Cherubs representing occupations rest along the two main staircases in the Great Hall. There is not room to explain here all of the wonderful artwork and its symbolism; however, you can visit the LOC's website and read the online version of On These Walls: Inscriptions and Quotations in the buildings of the Library of Congress by John Y. Cole. The Faulk Central Library also has a copy of this book available in the 2nd floor reference area. - Your Traveling Librarian

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