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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.

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

FOR BOOK LOVERS

February 18, 7 PM: National Book Festival Presents - “Giants of Racial Justice”: In an event celebrating African American History Month, Peniel E. Joseph (“The Sword and the Shield”) and Tamara Payne (“The Dead Are Arising”) will discuss their books on Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. with NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans. This event will premier on Facebook External link and YouTube External link

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, 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: The 20th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival celebrated American Ingenuity with more than 120 extraordinary authors, poets and illustrators featured in presentation videos available on demand and live Q&A discussions. Watch the videos on the Festival website and follow the Festival blog to receive updates.

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.

Read more about the project

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.

View All Jason Reynolds Videos

FOR DOCUMENT DETECTIVES: Be a Virtual Volunteer

Join By the People, the 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.

Stay in Touch!

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