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 LIFELONG LEARNERS: National Book Festival Presents
Our yearlong event series featuring authors, books, and related Library treasures goes virtual.
National Book Festival Presents launched the miniseries “Hear You, Hear Me,” on June 19 at 4 PM with “Race in America: Jason Reynolds and Jacqueline Woodson.” The “Hear You, Hear Me” series is named for a phrase from the Langston Hughes poem “Theme for English B”:
But I guess I’m what
I feel and see and hear, Harlem, I hear you.
hear you, hear me—we two—you, me, talk on this page.
This online series, a continuation of the themes raised in our June 5 program, “Carla Hayden and Lonnie Bunch: Cultural Institutions at Times of Social Unrest,” features Librarian of Congress Hayden in conversation with some of the nation’s great literary figures.
In the first event of the series, “Race in America: Jason Reynolds and Jacqueline Woodson,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden chats with current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds and former National Ambassador Jacqueline Woodson about ways to hear and support kids during a period of nationwide protest against injustice. Watch the discussion .
In the second event of the series, “Race in America: Joy Harjo and Tracy K. Smith,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden talks with her U.S. Poets Laureate appointees, Tracy K. Smith (2017-2019) and Joy Harjo (2019-current), about poetry in times of crisis as well as its enduring power to promote social justice. Watch the discussion .
FOR FAMILIES: Create at Home
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.
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’s Dav Pilkey At Home site .
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 Douglas Kearney read and discuss Harryette Mullen's poem "We Are Not Responsible." 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
Wednesday, June 24, 10am: China scholar Carla P. Freeman and historian Hal Brands discuss US-China relations in a time of tension over Hong Kong and the race for a COVID-19 vaccine. Register for a free ticket and 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-second installment of "Write. Right. Rite." where he challenges kids to customize a face mask with a kind or inspirational message. Check back each Tuesday for creative writing prompts to keep your imagination alive!
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.
Stay tuned to the National Book Festival blog for further updates about the 20th National Book Festival, happening this September in a virtual format.
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
View the Boccaccio Project: The Library asked 10 pairs of composers and performers to write and perform brief solo works in response to COVID-19. The project is inspired by Boccaccio’s "Decameron." Programs air on Facebook and YouTube at 8 p.m. Find the detailed schedule here.
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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