Instead of spending Monday’s holiday buried in a book, I made a long over due visit to the Library of Congress. And the "world’s largest repository of knowledge and creativity" does not disappoint.
The library recently created a list of Books That Shaped America. I was surprised to find the list so diverse. After taking the guided tour, I learned that inclusivity is one of the library's primary goals. Along the marble stairway leading to the second level, you will find carvings of children from Africa, America, Europe, and Asia with their hands strategically placed on a globe.
The architecture is so intricate that it’s almost overwhelming. Every detail has a story.
Numerous quotations are posted in the building and this is one of my favorites.
The highlight for me was Thomas Jefferson’s personal library, particularly the way it is displayed. For some reason, cameras are not allowed in that room but the LoC website contains an image.
And I enjoyed this little tidbit: Jefferson liked to arrange books by subject. He borrowed from English philosopher Francis Bacon's classifications: Memory, Reason, and Imagination. And he came up with his own interpretation: History, Philosophy, and Fine Arts.
It was an afternoon well spent.