Matchmaking for Endangered Species

This post was contributed by Kristen Bullard, librarian for the National Zoological Park. Have you ever wondered why Rusty the red panda was paired with the female, Shama?  Or been curious about how the black-footed ferret was saved from extinction in the wild?  If so, then this Valentines’ themed post is for you!

Welcome, 2014!

The Year of the Salamander. The Year of Family Farming. The Year of the Horse (starting January 31st, of course). Whatever you choose to call it and however you celebrate, we wish you a very Happy New Year!

Christmas – on a little stage

What makes pop-ups pop?  

Happy Holidays from the Smithsonian Libraries!

Please enjoy our video holiday card!

A holiday wishlist

Ever wonder what librarians wish for the holidays? Do visions of bookcarts dance in our heads on Christmas Eve? Well, not quite. We polled our staff to see what the ultimate gift would be for their offices and collections and here’s what they said.

The Fix – FAO Schwarz 1911 Toy Catalog

New York at Christmas time evokes many memories but as a child it meant a visit to FAO Schwarz, the oldest toy store in the United States. When a 1911 catalog from the famed toy store landed in the Book Conservation Lab it was like an early Christmas present!

Holiday Costumes: The Snowball, Fairy, and Poinsettia

What holiday do you think of when someone mentions costumes? Halloween? But have you ever thought of a costume for the holiday season at this time of year? The 1923 Dennison’s Christmas Book by Dennison Mfg. Co. gives three suggestions for holiday costumes.

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