Library of Congress: Engage!
The Library's doors may be closed, but we are still here for you. On this page you'll find ways to engage with authors you love and ways to connect to the Library’s resources from anywhere in the world.
National Book Festival Presents: Join us this Friday, June 5 at 7 p.m. for Cultural Institutions at Times of Social Unrest, a conversation with Dr. Carla Hayden and Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian. Streaming on Facebook and YouTube.
FOR KIDS: Dav Pilkey At Home
Check this page every Friday for more new videos from Dav Pilkey. You can also find additional fun and free content including more “how to draw” and read-aloud videos and downloadable activities at Scholastic’s Dav Pilkey At Home site External link.
Watch author and illustrator Dav Pilkey as he paints Molly and Melvin, new characters from the upcoming book in the Dog Man series, "Dog Man: Grime and Punishment," which will be released worldwide September 1, 2020.
FOR FAMILIES: Explore and Create
Create with Collections
Get inspired by an item in the Library’s collections then create artworks, mini-books, and more with activities for kids ages 12 and under.
Explore with Dav Pilkey
Join author and illustrator Dav Pilkey, as he invites you to find inspiration from the Library of Congress while at home. This map (be sure to click on it to enlarge) is the first map of the newly independent United States compiled, printed and published in America by an American. It was made by Abel Buell in 1784, a year after the American Revolutionary War ended. Look at the states on the map. Do they look like the states do today? How are their borders different?
FOR POETRY LOVERS: Celebrate Poetry Every Day
The Library is home to the U.S. Poet Laureate, and offers a wealth of poetry-related content online. Check back here each Friday for new programs and highlights from our digital treasure trove.
Listen to poet Patricia Spears Jones read and discuss Gwendolyn Brooks' iconic poem "my dreams, my works, must wait till after hell." This is part of the Library's "Poetry of America" series, in which contemporary poets read a singular American poem of their choosing and speak to how the poem connects to, deepens, or re-imagines a sense of American identity.
For more poetry resources, visit the From the Catbird Seat blog.
FOR EDUCATORS: Online Office Hours & Webinars
Join Library of Congress education specialists for:
Online Office Hours: 20-minute topical presentations followed by Q&A held every Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern.
Professional Development Webinars: Free, one-hour programs for educators interested in using primary sources with their students held every Wednesday, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern.
FOR CURIOUS MINDS: Conversations on the Future of Democracy
Wednesday, May 20, 10am: Epidemic expert Stephen Morrison discusses Our Past and Future of Life with COVID-19, including what COVID-19 teaches us about global health security. Register for a free ticket and watch on the Library’s YouTube channel external link
View our past event, Conversation on the Future of Democracy with Yuval Levin external link.
FOR KIDS AND TEENS: GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story!
Jason Reynolds, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, shares his passion for storytelling through a new monthly GRAB THE MIC newsletter and "Write. Right. Rite.," a twice-weekly GRAB THE MIC video series. Check out all of Jason Reynolds' videos here and read all of his newsletters here.
Watch Jason Reynolds' sixteenth installment of "Write. Right. Rite." where he challenges kids to invent imaginary synonyms for their favorite words. Check back Tuesdays and Thursdays for creative writing prompts to keep your imagination alive!
FOR BOOK LOVERS: Best of the National Book Festival
Each weekday, the Library will feature an author appearance from the past 20 years of the National Book Festival on the National Book Festival blog. Mondays will feature topical nonfiction; Tuesday: poetry or literary fiction; Wednesday: history, biography, memoir; Thursday: popular fiction; and Friday: children and teen authors.
FOR DOCUMENT DETECTIVES: Be a Virtual Volunteer
Join By the People, the Library's online volunteer transcription program from anywhere in the world. Transcribe, tag, or review documents to help make the Library’s collections more accessible and findable for all!
FOR LIFELONG LEARNERS: National Book Festival Presents
Our yearlong event series featuring authors, books, and related Library treasures goes virtual.
Our June miniseries, Connecting the World With Words, begins with "A Good Story Knows No Borders," an event honoring Richard Ford, the 2019 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner. Ford, whose work has been translated into dozens of languages, discusses the universality of fiction with Marie Arana, Library of Congress literary director. Watch the discussion here.
UP NEXT: "Cultural Institutions at Times of Social Unrest," a conversation with Dr. Carla Hayden and Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian. Watch live on Facebook and YouTube on June 5, 2020 at 7 PM EDT. View Upcoming Events Calendar
FOR MUSIC LOVERS: Join an Online Event
Be a Citizen DJ: Select short samples of free-to-use audio and video materials from the Library's collection to create your own beats and sound mixes using Citizen DJ.
Take the #FolklifeArchiveChallenge: Search our collections, find a piece you love, create your own version, record it and share! Read more about the challenge .
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