Library of Congress

View from CapitolHow many people visit the library today? Apparently not many. Google, Bing, Wikipedia and other sources of information have replaced the library and books in their original form. But for fans and lovers of books and ways to enrich their knowledge through reading, fortunately, libraries are survived and still have their admirers. Library, under the influence of time and the demands of today’s living conditions in the world of dramatically increased flow of information, has changed profoundly. Today visitors not only reading books, magazines, newspapers and other publications but also using computers to find any information they need. However, is it possible to compare the reading of the book in electronic format and print edition?!

In any country, there are large and small libraries, but among them are the principal and wealthiest by their reserves and the value of the content. In U.S. library, which has the status of a national, is Library of Congress in Washington, DC near the Capitol.

Today in this beautiful building is hard to guess its tragic fate. After suffering two devastating fires in 1814 and 1851, destroying virtually all of its abundant books, it was revived thanks to the efforts of enthusiasts and the government. An enormous private and public fund was spent for the recreation of the library and the book fund. Today there are a lot of unique items here that are available to all citizens of the state and foreigners.

Right at the entrance in the lobby visitors are greeted with a library staff, offering to become the owner of the library card. The card looks very impressive and reminds passport of the country, but in fact it is called Passport to Knowledge. Having received such a document, one gets access to an extensive collection of unique library content.

Passport to Knowledge

But the structure itself looks, as well as everything in Washington, majestic and elegant. Classical architectural forms, sculpture and paintings that adorn the interior of the library, create a special mood and desire to use this wealth in full.

General view of LC

 

Main Entrance to LC

 

Gallery around the main hall of Library of Congress

 

Sculpture of woman meeting all the visitors

 

Rectangular plafond

 

Beautiful Plafond

 

Columns holding the plafond

 

Fresco of Muse

 

Passage

 

And finally! Kids, pay respect to your parents – they graduated school with no Google and Wikipedia!

 

First Snow

Toronto did not have White Christmas this year. This is why the first snow on Boxing Day was really appreciated. Day have not been bright and sunny, but quiet and white. City has worn the white wedding gown. Toronto is ready for the New Year.

Happy New Year, my dear friends!

Downtown Toronto - CN Tower

 

White as snow

 

Black and white

 

Snow hat

 

Waiting for the spring

 

Pine tree and high-rise building

 

Arc bridge

 

Quiet and smooth lake

Hiking trail

Pine tree under the snow

Maple leaves

Pine and snow