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Resources for Family Engagement from the Library of Congress

We invite you and your family to participate in these activities, inspired by the collections, programs, and expertise of the Library of Congress.

Author Programs

Activity Kits

The activities below require just a few simple items you can find easily around the house and items from the Library's website. Kids are encouraged to use their creativity to enhance, adapt, or recreate anything we share. Check back often for new activities and opportunities with engage with us!

All Ages

Ages 7-10

  • Be a Comic Creator [PDF 188KB]

    Did you know that the Library of Congress holds over 140,000 issues of comics, the largest publicly-available collection of comic books in the United States? Use the Library's comic collection as inspiration for becoming your own comic creator!

  • Design Your Own Lighthouse [PDF 360KB]

    Draw inspiration from images and architectural drawings from the Library's collections to design and build your own lighthouse.

  • Make a Mini-Book [PDF 393KB]

    Our preservation and conservation staff combine science and art as they work to maintain our collections for years to come. Make a mini-book while learning a simple stitch that forms the basis of more complex work that our book conservators do.

    Watch this demonstration for step-by-step instructions:

Ages 10-12

  • Make Your Own Geographic Information System [PDF 170KB]

    Geographic information systems (GIS) is a technological method to compile, organize, analyze, and visualize geographic data. Create your own GIS layers and practice the basics of GIS mapping.

  • Preserving Family Stories [PDF 263KB]

    Find suggestions for recording family stories using oral history collections and resources from the American Folklife Center.

  • UnLOCK the Box: Sanborn Maps [PDF 286KB]

    Using clues from a map of Washington, DC from 1888, kids will reveal a code to unlock a box of treasures. The UnLOCk the Box design (PDF 227KB), included in this PDF, was created by Dr. Kellie Taylor, 2018-2019 Albert Einstein Fellow at the Library of Congress.

  • UnLOCK the Box: The Culper Code [PDF 126KB]

    Using the Culper Code developed during the Revolutionary War, kids will UnLOCk a box full of treasures, then use the code to create their own secret message. The UnLOCk the Box design (PDF 227KB), included in this PDF, was created by Dr. Kellie Taylor, 2018-2019 Albert Einstein Fellow at the Library of Congress.


More Online Resources for Kids and Families

Imagination Library

View bedtime stories from Goodnight with Dolly External and Imagination Library story times at the Library of Congress. Imagination Library is a 2014 Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program Best Practice Honoree.

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