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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 BOOK LOVERS: National Book Festival

The 20th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held online Sept. 25-27. For more details and the full list of authors, visit the festival website.

Follow the Festival blog to receive the latest updates and to check out our Best of the National Book Festival posts, featuring videos from past festivals.
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Experience the Festival all year long with National Book Festival Presents, a series featuring outstanding authors, books and related Library treasures.
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FOR FAMILIES: Create at Home

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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 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 Arthur Sze read and discuss Walt Whitman's poem "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry." 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

Thursday, August 13, at 10 a.m., MIT political scientist and recent Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance Andrea Campbell talks about the safety net and the needs of Americans in a time of crisis. Watch on the Library’s YouTube channel and check out some of the Kluge Center’s past virtual events.

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 weekly GRAB THE MIC video series. Check out all of Jason Reynolds' videos here and read all of his newsletters here.

Watch Jason Reynolds' twenty-sixth installment of "Write. Right. Rite." where he challenges kids to create a refrigerator magnet that encapsulates the best moment of their lives. Check back each Tuesday for creative writing prompts to keep your imagination alive!

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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

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