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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

Workshops & Office Hours for K-12 Teachers

  • 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 BOOK LOVERS: National Book Festival

The 20th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival celebrates American Ingenuity with more than 120 celebrated authors featured in presentation videos available on demand via the virtual platform for a limited time. Access the Virtual Festival Platform External link, then stream the culminating PBS television special External link for an engaging, immersive experience. For more details and the full list of authors, visit the festival website.

Follow the Festival blog to receive updates and to check out behind-the-scenes content featuring authors from this year’s virtual celebration.
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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.
Watch past discussions 

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 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 Audre Lorde read and discuss her poems at the Library of Congress on February 23, 1977. This recording is part of the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature, which contains nearly 2,000 audio recordings of poets and writers participating in literary events at the Library, along with sessions recorded in the Library’s Recording Laboratory. 

For more poetry resources, visit the From the Catbird Seat blog.

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.

Watch Jason Reynolds' thirtieth and final installment of "Write. Right. Rite." where he challenges kids to write six word headlines.

View All Jason Reynolds Videos

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

Tuesday, October 20, at 10 a.m., join Sarah Binder, Bruce Carruthers, and Sebastian Mallaby for a discussion of how the Federal Reserve and banking system might act to address the recession caused by the pandemic. Watch on the Library’s YouTube channel External link and check out some of the Kluge Center’s past virtual events.

Stay in Touch!

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