Public Celebration Marks Opening of the Library of Congress Experience

Date: April 12, 2008

The Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE

Washington, DC 20540


The Library of Congress—the largest library in the world and the oldest U.S. federal cultural institution—on Saturday, April 12, debuts an immersive, new "Library of Congress Experience," offering visitors unique historical and cultural treasures brought to life through cutting-edge interactive technology and a companion Web site.

The experience comprises a series of new ongoing exhibitions, dozens of interactive kiosks, an inspiring multimedia "overture" on the collections and programs of the Library, and a continuing online educational experience at the upcoming Web site All exhibits are free and open to the public.

A day of public celebration on April 12 at the Thomas Jefferson Building (10 First St. SE, Washington, D.C., 20540) marks the opening of the Library of Congress Experience.

Festivities kick off at 11 a.m., with the formal opening of the bronze doors and exhibits to the public at noon (coinciding with the conclusion of the Parade of the National Cherry Blossom Festival) until 5 p.m.

There will be music and entertainment, activities for young people, presentations featuring Library programs such as the Veterans History Project, and the designation of several new Living Legends from many walks of life.

Read the full press release, 'Library Of Congress Experience' Debuts April 12.

Photo by Michaela McNichol.

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