Adopt Ocean Gardens

-+*Here’s your chance to adopt Ocean Gardens: The History of the Marine Aquarium (London, 1857) by Henry Noel Humphreys! Humphreys, an illustrator, entomologist, and scholar of medieval manuscripts, wrote this little volume on the history of the marine aquarium, which includes advice on creating and maintaining one, and detailed information on which varieties of plants and animals to choose. When this book was written, modern in-home aquariums were still a very recent more »

A Book for your Valentine?

-+*Valentine’s Day is a mere 24 hours away. Still in need of a gift for your sweetheart?  Consider celebrating that someone special by adopting a book in their honor or memory. Every adoption includes a physical and online bookplate. Gifts go toward acquiring and conserving our rare books, so you leave a legacy of love for generations to come.

Tour for Quirk Endowment

-+*Recently longtime museum supporter Betty Quirk brought a group to visit the American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library. Head Librarian Doug Litts set up a book display for the guests which included catalogues and several artists’ books.

Your Support: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

-+*The Smithsonian Libraries has something for everyone, and with 20 libraries from NYC to Panama, we are proud to serve as the heart of the Smithsonian. Each day, we have the privilege of interacting with museum staff, scholars, and the public who visit us in person or online to use our collections.

Alchemy on the Cutting Edge: Theoretical Innovations and the Pursuit of Transmutation

-+*Join us on Thursday, December 11, 2014 for a free lecture featuring Lawrence M. Principe, Drew Professor of the Humanities, Department of the History of Science and Technology, John Hopkins University.

Adopt a book this Black Friday!

-+*Black Friday is upon us! The day American retailers look forward to all year long, expecting a surge in purchases as customers prepare for holiday gift-giving. But if you’re not interested in braving the crowded shopping malls (in fact, we hope you’re reading this in a comfy chair with a plate of leftovers!), consider gifting your loved ones with something you can purchase from home and that benefits generations to come. Take more »

The Rollyn Osterweis Krichbaum Memorial Program Fund for the Public Understanding of African Art and Culture

-+*Endowments allow the Libraries to invest in print collections to preserve our collective past. So much of what the Libraries offers cannot be found elsewhere and named endowments ensure a steady and growing stream of income to acquire and preserve treasures. This post is written by Ruth Osterweis Selig, Research Collaborator, National Museum of Natural History.

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