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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 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.

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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.

    Find all activity sets here  

    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. In addition to living at Mount Vernon, President George Washington also had a home in Alexandria, Virginia, about halfway between Mount Vernon and Washington, D.C. The Friendship Firehouse is the home of the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Company, founded by George Washington in 1774. Washington, a charter member of this company, donated its first fire engine. This original piece of equipment is still housed in the firehouse.

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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.

    Watch poet Marilyn Chin discuss her life and work with Washington Post Book World critic Ron Charles as part of our “Life of a Poet” series at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital in Washington, D.C. On Thursday, June 11, at 4 p.m. ET, join us for a "Life of a Poet" educator webinar with Marilyn Chin; register here to attend .

    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


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' fourteenth installment of "Write. Right. Rite." where he challenges kids to explain love to a pet who magically understands English but is still learning to speak. Check back Tuesdays and Thursdays for creative writing prompts to keep your imagination alive!

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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 LIFELONG LEARNERS: National Book Festival Presents

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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