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The Garden in Your Beer

August 16, 2018
A collaboration with Smithsonian Libraries, Smithsonian Associates, and the National Museum of American History to present an evening tasting beers from Brewery Ommegang and finding their garden ingredients. 
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Plazi: An expedition to discover known biodiversity

August 6, 2018
Plazi uncovers vast troves of data and citations contained in the published record. Donato Agosti will discuss some of the first findings from the project in both human and machine readable formats at TreatmentBank, Biodiversity Literature Repository and the fledgling Openbiodiv biodiversity knowledge management system. 
Smithsonian Libraries 50th Anniversary Lecture Series - featuring Dr. Carla Hayden

Smithsonian Libraries 50th Anniversary Lecture Series - featuring Dr. Carla Hayden

July 19, 2018
Save the date! Please join the Smithsonian Libraries for a talk with Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden as part of our Information Matters and 50th Anniversary Lecture Series.
Outdoor Recess

Indoor Recess: Outdoor Recess with Folklife Festival

July 6, 2018
We are taking your favorite lunchtime getaway where we exlpore libraries and make a craft and brinigng it outdoors to explore the Folklife Festival in our yearly Outdoor Recess! See the rules below on how to participate. Everyone is welcome!
Cultures of the Garden

Cultures of the Garden: The Hidden Histories of an American Obsession

June 22, 2018
Join us as Dr. Jennifer Atkinson and Dr. Robert S. Emmett explore the garden's unique role in American history and literature, including ways it has shaped U.S. culture and the arts, social justice movements, environmental advocacy, and other public and private visions of the good life.
50th Anniversary Homecoming

50th Anniversary Homecoming

June 20, 2018
Join your Smithsonian Libraries friends and colleagues at our 50th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration!
Swing Into Victory! A World War II Era Garden Party

Swing Into Victory! A World War II Era Garden Party

May 18, 2018
Smithsonian Gardens and Smithsonian Libraries want YOU to join us at a Garden Party for Victory!
Alexandra Newman and Naturalis Historia

Smithsonian Libraries 50th Anniversary Lecture - Book Marks: Mysteries in the Margins

April 23, 2018
Our libraries hold many treasures that are unique in all the world, but few are as heavily annotated as the Cullman’s 1491 edition of Pliny the Elder’s Naturalis Historia. 
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Capital Campaign Celebration

April 8, 2018
Celebrating the Success of the Smithsonian's Capital Campaign. To be held in Washington, DC.
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Smithsonian Libraries 50th Anniversary Lecture - Steve Berry: In Conversation with Maggie Linton

March 24, 2018
Steve Berry: In Conversation with Maggie Linton Steve Berry Author, The Bishop’s Pawn Maggie Linton Radio host The conversation will be followed by a book sale and signing.
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All That Glitters: 50th Anniversary Adopt-a-Book Evening

March 6, 2018
Join the Smithsonian Libraries for an extra special Adopt-a-Book evening in celebration of the Libraries' 50th Anniversary.
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Smithsonian Libraries 50th Anniversary Lecture - Writing Dillon Ripley: From Archive to Book

February 23, 2018
Writing Dillon Ripley: From Archive to Book. A talk with Roger D. Stone and Stephen T. Moskey.
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#ColorOurCollections 2018

February 5, 2018
Calling all coloring enthusiasts! #ColorOurCollections is back for 2018 and we have a brand new coloring packet!
Smithson Libraries 50th Anniversary Lecture: James Smithson & His Library

Smithsonian Libraries 50th Anniversary Lecture: James Smithson & His Library

January 18, 2018
In honor of the Smithsonian Libraries' 50th Anniversary, Heather Ewing, author of The Lost World of James Smithson and Executive Director of the Center for Italian Modern Art in New York, will offer a brief biography of James Smithson.
Dibner Library Lecture featuring Dava Sobel - The Glass Universe: A Unique Scientific Library

Dibner Library Lecture featuring Dava Sobel - The Glass Universe: A Unique Scientific Library

December 14, 2017
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