You're Invited: Live Storytelling Event!
Join the Smithsonian Libraries for our second Art of the Book Lecture, Live Storytelling: The Original Virtual Reality, featuring Jon Spelman. This free event takes place Thursday, April 27, at 6:00 p.m. in the National Museum of the American Indian's Rasmuson Theater. Please RSVP.

Jon will tell several short stories of different kinds; expect to hear a modern folk tale, a tall tale, a personal story, and a poem. Throughout the stories, Jon will interactively explore with the audience how live storytelling works as an immersive, participatory experience in which the listeners are active co-creators.

Jon has been called "World-class!" and "The Dean of American Storytelling." For more than thirty years, he has created and collected stories in the U.S. and around the world. He was awarded three Emmys for his NBC4 TV series Three Stories Tall, and has been the recipient of numerous grants and commissions to create new work from a variety of organizations and theaters, including the Smithsonian's Discovery TheaterThis is the second of two lectures generously sponsored by Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board member David Bruce Smith.
2017 BHL Annual Meeting in Singapore
On March 14-17, twenty-four Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) partner representatives from nine countries gathered in Singapore for the 2017 Biodiversity Heritage Library Annual Meeting. The National Library Board hosted the meeting, organizing three venues over the course of the four days, including the National Library, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum ( view a video of a ceremony honoring BHL volunteers from around the world).
 
During the business portion of the meeting on March 17, the BHL Members' Council elected a new Executive Committee: Constance Rinaldo (Ernst Mayr Library, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University), Chair; Jane Smith (Natural History Museum Library, London), Vice-Chair; Doug Holland (Missouri Botanical Garden, Peter H. Raven Library), Secretary; and Nancy E. Gwinn (Smithsonian Libraries), Immediate Past-Chair. Read more about the meetings. 
Congrats, Mary Augusta Thomas!
On March 31, Mary Augusta Thomas, deputy director for the Smithsonian Libraries, received the Raymond Von Dran Memorial Award. The award was given at a ceremony preceding the 27th Annual Elizabeth W. Stone Lecture at The Catholic University of America

The Von Dran Award is awarded annually by the university's Library and Information Science Alumni Association to alumni who, through their contributions to the library and information science profession, have exhibited the qualities Von Dran (Dean of the School of Library and Information Science, 1983-87) was noted for throughout his career: innovation, collaboration, and leadership. This year's Stone Lecture was delivered by Melanie Townsend Diggs, whose talk, A Light in the Face of Adversity, told the story of how the Enoch Pratt Free Library provided a community "safe haven" during the unrest in Baltimore in April 2015.
The Lost Order Event & Launch
New York Times best-selling author and Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board member Steve Berry was in DC this week to launch his new book, The Lost Order, which was released on April 4. It is the latest Cotton Malone thriller, and weaves the Smithsonian and the Libraries into the suspenseful tale (including a hidden tunnel across the National Mall!). The evening of April 4, the Smithsonian Libraries hosted an event with Steve and Smithsonian Castle Curator Rick Stamm, giving the 50 attendees a behind-the-scenes tour of the Castle, and showing how Steve composed the Libraries, the Castle, and the rich history of the Smithsonian Institution into his novel. Steve's visit also caught the media's interest; he and Rick were filmed by local DC stations WUSA-TV (CBS/"Great Day Washington"), WJLA-TV (ABC/"News Channel 8"), and WTTG-TV (FOX/"Good Day DC"), as well as C-SPAN ("American Artifacts"), prior to the event. Watch Steve reveal the hidden tunnel on ABC.
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