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Mount Vernon: A Courtesy Call at the Home of the  Commander-in-Chief, Saturday, Apr 18, 2015

Mount Vernon: A Courtesy Call at the Home of the Commander-in-Chief, Saturday, Apr 18, 2015

Join the Military Libraries Group as they go on a Special Visit to Mount Vernon on Saturday, Apr 18, 2015. Meet at 10:15 am at the new Visitors Center near the delightful statues of Martha and George with the Grandchildren. Spring is a beautiful time at Mount Vernon.

If you have not visited Mount Vernon in a few years, you are in for a treat as our Guide takes us through the new Center, a tour of the Mansion (including the third floor!), the various colonial era buildings and beautiful gardens. We will pay our respects and complete our visit with a Wreath Laying at the Tomb of George Washington.

WHO: All Members of DC/SLA.

WHAT: Special Tour of Mount Vernon – A Courtesy Call at the Home of the Commander-in-Chief.

WHERE: Mount Vernon Estate, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, V A (Your name

will be on the list; look for MLG Member by the Ticket Office to confirm; then proceed to Visitors Ctr).

WHEN: Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 (Final day of National Library Week) @ 10:15 am.

HOW: Transportation Options: Biking, Boat, Bus, or Car Directions/Parking/Transportation

COST: $18.00 per person (NOT available for 75th Jubilee VIP Discount) Adult rate only.

TOUR LIMIT: 25. Your guests are welcome, too.

DRESS: Comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate gear.

LUNCH: Food Court and Gift Shop after the Special Tour.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION/QUESTIONS: Contact Sharon Lenius, leniussa@gmail.com


Click image for a charming interactive map of the Estate

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Behind the Scenes at the Federal Reserve Research Library

Sculpture at the entrance of the Federal Reserve Research Library

There have been a couple of tours of the Federal Reserve Research Library recently, one of which was organized by the Catholic University of America Student Chapter of SLA. CUA student Colleen Funkhouser wrote up a recap of the tour, describing what she learned about the roles of the librarians there.

You can read Colleen’s post here: Behind the Scenes at the Federal Reserve Research Library

Thanks to CUA student and DC/SLA Communications Committee member Sam Russell for the tip off.

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75th Anniversary Showing of the Grapes of Wrath (FREE!)

GrapesOfWrathJoin in the 75th Celebration of the award winning film “Grapes of Wrath” (1940) by joining DC/SLAers at  the Packard Campus Theater of the National AV Conservation Center of the Library of Congress in  Culpeper, VA for a FREE showing on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

Carpool from the Vienna METRO, South Side, at the end of the Orange Line for 10 a.m. pick up or take an early spring drive thru the “greening” Virginia countryside.  Tour Culpeper’s Davis Street area for shopping and lunch at “It’s About Thyme” at noon.

Showing starts at 2 pm at the Library of Congress’s AV Conservation Center and Packard Theater (Library of Congress, Packard Campus, 19053 Mount Pony Road).  Running time: 129 minutes.

More Info @ http://www.loc.gov/avconservation/packard/location.html

Register here NOW!  Questions?   Contact Sharon Lenius at   leniussa@gmail.com

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Library Visit – Rare Books at the National Gallery

Photos and write-up by Carol Abrams

Rare books at the National Gallery of Art-2015 (5)The rare book librarian at the National Gallery of Art shared some of his collection’s gems with members of the Washington Rare Book Group, who graciously included me in their visit. Thanks to librarian Yuri Long’s hospitality, we saw books handmade by artists, books designed by photographers such as Walker Evans, illustrations by Max Ernst, and more. Joan Miró illustrated one book we saw; the book was issued unbound as a portfolio with large-scale fold-outs. Miró was fascinated with literature, writers, and poets and illustrated 263 books, catalogs, and albums throughout his career according to the Park West Gallery in Michigan.


Rare books at the National Gallery of Art-2015 (9)The National Gallery of Art Library’s rare book collection includes roughly 800 artist’s books.  The collection includes a copy of Moby Dick; Or, the Whale with 100 wood engravings by Barry Moser, each of which was signed by the artist. Rare book librarian Yuri Long is fond of the books that are homages to other artists, such as Dégas in Rome by Charles Hobson. Hobson writes in his author’s note that he has written the diary he imagines Dégas would have written during his time in Rome. Hobson write, “I sat at a table in the loggia of the Villa Farnesina in front of the Raphael painting of Galatea and sketched it from the same distance and perspective Dégas did 150 years earlier.” The book includes page-edge designs from an actual Dégas sketchbook. This book is part of the Gallery’s collection of modern and contemporary art books, many of which are handmade by artists in small editions. Another is Hamlet told in multi-colored wood blocks.

Rare books at the National Gallery of Art-2015 (2)Visits to the collection are available by appointment. The rare book librarian at the National Gallery of Art can be reached at y-long@nga.gov

Carol Abrams is earning her MIS degree at the University of Tennessee.

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Event Recap: 2015 DC/SLA Kickoff Party

IMG_0488By Amber Paranick

This past Wednesday evening, current and prospective DC/SLA members attended a 2015 Kickoff Party held at the DC Public Library’s Cleveland Park branch location.

Chapter President Deena Adelman got the discussion started by introducing the Board of Directors. Adhering to this year’s theme of ‘Reflective Momentum’ and in preparation for the 75th Jubilee, Deena invited members to share memories and reflections on experiences with DC/SLA.  See members’ reflections here and submit your own reflection here.  Deena also emphasized the importance of volunteering with DC/SLA.

Processed with VSCOcam with lv03 preset Next up, Karen Reczek gave us a brief and helpful introduction to the organization in her talk: SLA 101. She wanted us to keep in mind that SLA is uniquely structured in such a way that its members come first. And just in case you missed the kickoff,  Layla Heimlich, Program Director reminded us that there’s much more excitement to be had in 2015 and gave us a rundown of what’s coming down the pike. Plans for a Jubilee Gala, a museum scavenger hunt, and a DC/SLA Past Presidents’ TED Talk Favorites presentation are all in the works.  Speaking of exciting events, Sharon Lenius, overseer of the DC/SLA 75th Anniversary Committee, caught us up on what events are taking place to celebrate the occasion.  By becoming a Jubilee VIP, SLA members will support DC/SLA programming and be invited to attend the Jubilee Gala. Read about more benefits here.  DC/SLA Leadership Summit Stipend Award recipient Kelly Knight gave us a run-down of the summit in Baltimore.  Her words of advice when attending professional SLA events: “Get out and be social!”

The main takeaway from the night was to get involved in the organization. We’ve become a dynamic and very active chapter of SLA and we’ve only been able to do this through our members and their volunteer efforts. The more we get involved, the more we will reap all the benefits of what the DC/SLA has to offer as an individual and the stronger we can grow as a chapter.

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