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Library of Congress Established

The Library of Congress was established on April 24, 1800 by an act of Congress when President John Adams signed a bill that transferred the seat of government from Philadelphia to Washington D.C.. However, the 3,000-volume library burned to the ground in August of 1814 when British troops invaded the capitol.

As a solution, Thomas Jefferson offered his personal library, which contained over 6,000 books and had taken him 50 years to accumulate. Congress accepted Jefferson’s offer and paid him $23, 940 for the entire collection of works.

Some congressmen believed Jefferson’s collection to be too comprehensive, as it contained books on many different subjects including architecture, science, geography, and foreign languages. Jefferson addressed this concern by commenting that there was “no subject to which a member of Congress may not have the occasion to refer.” Thomas Jefferson’s concept of Universality, the belief that any and all subjects may be useful to a library for the American government, continues to guide the collecting policies for the Library of Congress today.

Originally created as a reference library for the United States Congress, the Library of Congress has evolved into a national institution garnering over 2 million visitors each year.

Sources: LOC.gov, Wikipedia

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Book Lover’s Day

Old books - Stories From The PastWriters, readers (young and old), bibliophiles and all of you who carry a book in their purse or back pocket no matter where you go, celebrate Book Lover’s Day on August 9 by calling in sick and spending the day – yes, the whole day – curled up with a good book. You know you’ve always want to leave reality and its obligations behind to spend the day reading in bed, on the couch, in the grass or in a hammock. Ok, you don’t have to read all day, so if you can bear to tear yourself away, you should start a book club with your friends or head to the book store to buy one or two (or three or four…) new books. If you have a book lover in your life, celebrate their passion for reading by giving them a new book.

Looking for a new book to read or missing a few classics in your collection? Check out these book lists:

New York Times: Best Sellers Lists

Goodreads: 100 Books that everyone should read at least once

The Telegraph: 100 novels everyone should read

Sources: holidayinsights.com, theultimateholidaysite.com

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3 Sites to Organize your Book Collection

An out of control book collection leads to keeping more than you need. Use one day on the weekend to catalog your books. The sites below have made this process a piece of cake.

First, Make a Large Pile

Bring every book you have into the center of your room. It is healthy to visualize how many books you have collected throughout the years.

Then, Pick a Site

Of the sites below, pick one and run with it. They will all suffice for what you need. Don’t get hung up on choosing the tool. I have ordered them from my personal favorite down.

Google Books

Google Books gives you the extra step of cataloging. Not only can you quickly search for the books you have, but you can peek into books you may want to read in the future.

“You can flip through a few preview pages of these books, just like you’d browse them at a bookstore or library. You’ll also see links to libraries and bookstores where you can borrow or buy the book.”


Shelfari is unique because of the reading community. If you want to get your entire office or class on a certain site, this would be it. You can add recommendations for friends and reviews for others.


Goodreads is very similar to Shelfari. The one unique offering is the ability to create content surrounding a book. You can make quizzes, videos, and events surrounding specific books. They boast 3.2 million users with nearly 8.4 million books on their shelves.

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