Library of Congress: Engage!
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.
FOR STUDENTS & TEACHERS: Online Workshops
Virtual Workshops for Students in Grades 3-8
NEW virtual workshops for students in grades 3-8. Connect with Library collections with one of these programs, led by a Library educator: Rosa Parks: Freedom Fighter, Imagination: Everyone’s Superpower, and Stories in the Stars: Mythology at the Library of Congress. Find more information and register
Professional Development Workshops & Office Hours for K-12 Teachers
- Recorded Online Office Hours: 20-minute topical presentations followed by Q&A.
- Recorded Professional Development Webinars: Free, one-hour programs for educators interested in using primary sources with their students.
FOR BOOK LOVERS
Poetry & Literature Programs: Explore programs that celebrate award winners and ambassadors—including the U.S. Poet Laureate and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, listen to audio recordings of nearly 2,000 poets and writers in the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature, watch members of Congress reading from their favorite books for young people in Read Around the States, and watch our new Behind the Book series, which takes you inside America’s legendary publishing houses as top editors, publishers, designers and other publishing insiders people discuss their work with their most successful authors. Watch videos of past events, view the upcoming events calendar and follow the Catbird Seat blog to receive updates.
National Book Festival: Create your “National Book Festival” experience with the Library of Congress in 2021 by engaging in author conversations online, watching the PBS Books special, listening to an NPR podcast series and attending a ticketed event at the Library. Join us for an expanded festival, Sept. 17-26, a 10-day event with the theme, “Open a Book, Open the World.” For news and latest updates, subscribe to the National Book Festival blog
National Book Festival Presents: The National Book Festival continues in our yearlong event series featuring authors, books and related, treasured items from the Library of Congress. Watch videos of past events, view the upcoming events calendar and follow the Festival blog to receive updates.
FOR FAMILIES: Create at Home
Connect with Us
The Library has launched a new blog for families! “Minerva’s Kaleidoscope” will include activity ideas, updates on programs, puzzles and more. Visit the page to explore and subscribe
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. Find all activity sets
Dav Pilkey at Home
Check out this playlist of 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 Dav Pilkey At Home site External link.
FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: Share Your Work
The Library welcomes you to contribute up to five photographs or graphic artworks to a new Flickr group, COVID-19: American Experiences External link. A selection of images submitted to this group will be acquired for the Library’s permanent collections.
Image credit: Broadway Theatre - Mt. Pleasant, MI, by Dan Glickman on Flickr External link.
Stay in Touch!
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FOR KIDS & 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 weekly GRAB THE MIC video series. Check out all of Jason Reynolds' videos here and read all of his newsletters here.
Keep up with all of Jason Reynolds’ endeavors as National Ambassador here and make sure to watch his appearance at the 2020 National Book Festival.
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 MUSIC LOVERS: Join an Online Event
Join the Homegrown Concert Series: On Wednesdays at noon, hear an online concert sponsored by the American Folklife Center on Facebook or YouTube. Find the full series
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
FOR CURIOUS MINDS: Conversations on the Future of Democracy
The Kluge Center has hosted numerous events to highlight some of the major issues confronting us. These conversations are designed to provide deeper context, whether it’s on issues of international politics, domestic affairs, or major innovations and ideas. Check out this post on the Kluge blog for many of the Kluge Center’s past virtual events.
Have you worked at the Library? Join the Library of Congress Alumni Network and stay connected.