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Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center Announces a New Blog

By Harriet Staff

And it's called From The Catbird Seat. Here's a snippet from their inaugural post:

Posts to this blog will offer an inside view of the Center and our programs, as well as feature guest bloggers (including our Poets Laureate, as well as reference librarians and division specialists within the Library) talking about literature and the wealth of literary treasures here at the Library of the Congress. Part of the Library’s mission is “to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations”—this blog aims to showcase the Poetry and Literature Center’s efforts, to celebrate the best stories, poems, plays, and literary nonfiction and ensure their place in the Library.

Finally, a personal story: when I was a boy, I used to head to my local library in Chilton, WI, after school. My grandmother was the librarian, and I sat on the floor of her office for hours, amidst piles of books, pouring through the Hardy Boys and Encyclopedia Brown series and anything else I could get my hands on. That’s where my love of literature and libraries comes from, and I am happy to be here three decades later and show how this, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is a haven for all who want to enjoy the art.

Originally Published: January 5th, 2012