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At Home with the Smithsonian Libraries: Curious Creatures in the Margins

May 27, 2020
Come along with Allie Alvis, our Special Collections Reference Librarian, and Dr. Kali Holder, a veterinary pathologist at the National Zoo, as they explore marginal monsters in one of our rare books.
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POSTPONED - Earth Optimism Wikipedia Editing Workshop on Endangered Species

March 1, 2020
This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. As a public health precaution, the Smithsonian is postponing or canceling all public events through May 3. See si.edu/events for details. Museums and the National Zoo remain open at this time. We are monitoring the guidance of the CDC and local public health officials. Help improve information in Wikipedia about endangered species as part of the Earth Optimism Wikipedia Workshop on Endangered Species hosted by the Smithsonian Libraries (Washington, D.C.) with support from Wikimedia DC.
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CANCELED - Art + Feminism DC 2020 Wikipedia Edit-a-thons

March 1, 2020
Please note that the March 13th and March 20th events scheduled to be held at Smithsonian museums have been canceled. See the event series page for details about other events. The year 2020 marks a turning point in history for American women, and to celebrate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Washington D.C. cultural organizations have joined together to host a series of Wikipedia edit-a-thons during Women's History month. This coordinated series of events is in conjunction with the Art+Feminism campaign to address gender gaps in content and participation on the encyclopedia, especially related to art and artists.
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"Abecedarium" Talk and Book Signing

February 27, 2020
Join Lilla Vekerdy, Head of Special Collections, and Morgan Aronson for a discussion of their book Abecedarium: An Adult Coloring Book for Bibliophiles, followed by book signing.
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Music and the Making of Modern Science and Medicine

December 2, 2019
Music and the Making of Modern Science and Medicine Monday, December 2nd, 2019. 5:00 PMS. Dillon Ripley Center Ripley Auditorium
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Elephant Path - Njaia Njoku

November 23, 2019
In honor or our exhibition, Game Change: Elephants from Prey to Preservation, and the National Museum of American History's new exhibition, Elephants and Us: Considering Extinction, please join us for a special film screening followed by a question and answer session.
Signing Bindings

Singing Bindings

November 5, 2019
Join us for a performance of music hidden in plain sight. Musical manuscripts, re-purposed centuries ago as book bindings, will transport us back in time during this evening event devoted to their musicality.
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Beyond Brontë: The Essential Act of Collecting Books by Women

September 5, 2019
The Smithsonian Libraries invites you to the secondin a series of talks related to our newest exhibition, Magnificent Obsessions: Why We Collect: Beyond Brontë: The Essential Act of Collecting Books by Women featuring A.N. Devers Proprietor, The Second Shelf
Hunger Games

Book Club: Hunger Games

August 18, 2019
Join the Smithsonian Libraries for Book Club! On August 18, we will be discussing Suzanne Collins' award-winning novelThe Hunger Gamesat The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture GardenParticipants will also be treated to rare artifacts and books to shed light on some of the themes within the book. A light brunch will be served.

Smithsonian Libraries in Chicago

August 5, 2019
Please join the Smithsonian Libraries for a reception and program at the Union League Club of Chicago!
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Book Club: The Hate U Give

July 21, 2019
July 21, 2019: 11am- 1pm National Museum of African American History and Culture Join the Smithsonian Libraries for Book Club! On July 21, we will be discussing Angie Thomas' award-winning novel The Hate U Give  at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Participants will also be treated to rare artifacts and books to shed light on some of the themes within the book .A light brunch will be served.
Detail, Bethany Collins, America: A Hymnal, 2017

Collecting to Strength, Subverting Tradition: Curatorship in the 2010s

July 19, 2019
The Smithsonian Libraries invites you to the secondin a series of talks related to our newest exhibition,Magnificent Obsessions: Why We Collect: Collecting to Strength, Subverting Tradition: Curatorship in the 2010s
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Book Club: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

July 14, 2019
Join the Smithsonian Libraries for Book Club! On July 14, we will be discussing Douglas Adams' award-winning novelThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Participants will also be treated to rare artifacts and books to shed light on some of the themes within the book. A light brunch will be served.
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Adopt-a-Book Evening 2019

June 25, 2019
Please join the Smithsonian Libraries for our annual Adopt-a-Book evening!

Smithsonian Libraries Exhibition Booth at ALA Annual

June 21, 2019
Will you be in at the American Libraries Association Annual Conference and Exhibition in June 2019? Find us in Booth #2345.

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