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December 2009

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Browse by Topic
Having trouble trying to find resources on subjects of interest? The Browse by Topic pages provides access to a collection of Library resources by a variety of broad categories. Resources listed include webcasts, exhibitions, and links to digital collections.

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Join us on iTunes U
Looking for other ways to access Library of Congress resources? You can now find us on ITunes U. This site includes historical videos from the Library’s moving-image collections such as original Edison films, a series of 1904 films from the Westinghouse Works and original videos such as author presentations from the National Book Festival, the "Books and Beyond" series, lectures from the Kluge Center, and the "Journeys and Crossings" series of discussions with curators.

In addition to iTunes U, the Library of Congress is also connecting new audiences to its vast resources via the Library’s blog, a Twitter feed, a page on Facebook and a YouTube channel.

November

Detail from “The Evening World Magazine” January 1909

Topic Guides for Chronicling America
The staff working on Chronicling America has provided a list of topics guides to the newspapers included in Chronicling America. Each topic guide (e.g., Baseball's Modern World Series, Ellis Island, or the Russo-Japanese War) includes subject-specific terms (including name usage, historical language, unusual spellings, etc.) and dates that can be readily used to search this topic in Chronicling America, as well as a list of sample articles found in Chronicling America.

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Prepare for Veterans Day with Two New Primary Source Sets
Two new primary source sets from the Library of Congress can bring your students face to face with American war veterans. Veterans' Stories: The Veterans History Project and Veterans' Stories: Struggles for Participation let veterans tell their stories firsthand through interviews, diaries, photographs, and drawings. All these items were collected by the Veterans History Project, and they're accompanied by teacher guides and analysis tools that make them easy to use in the classroom.

You can find these primary source sets and a teacher's guide to analyzing oral histories at the following url's:

October

Detail from the 2009 National Book Festival poster

Young Readers Toolkit
The Young Reader’s Toolkit has been updated for 2009 and provides tips on how to create local reading celebrations. The Young Readers’ Toolkit helps to bring the National Book Festival into libraries, schools and homes across the country. The Toolkit features information about National Book Festival authors who write for children and teens, podcasts of their readings, teaching tools and activities for kids. This interactive resource also shows educators, parents and children how they can host their own book festival.

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The Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature
The Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress and the Center for the Book invite everyone to join them and the Consortium of Latin American Studies program for the awarding of the Americas Award for Children and Young Adult Literature to Yuyi Morales and Margarita Engle, the authors of Just in Case: A Tricksters Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book and The Surrender Tree: Portraits of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 17th from 10am-12 noon in the Mumford Room in the James Madison Building at the Library of Congress. The Américas Award is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. Please call 202-707-2013 to confirm your attendance.

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Learn about Jefferson’s Library
Thomas Jefferson’s library helped rebuild the collections of the Library of Congress. His thoughts about the kinds of books Congress might use in its work shaped the mission of the Library. As we think about the role that libraries play in supporting our democracy, the free flow of ideas and the creativity of the American spirit, learn more about the kinds of books Jefferson collected and how they shaped his thinking and his life.

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