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Notice: The Young Readers Center & Programs Lab will be closed on Saturday, June 15, and Saturday, August 24, due to special programs.

Virtual Student Workshops

Virtual workshops are offered for student groups and will be led by a Library facilitator. These pilot programs will take place online and include interactive elements and pre-and post-program material. Programs are available Tuesdays through Thursdays except federal holidays and last approximately 45 minutes.

Program Descriptions

Imagination: Everyone’s Superpower (grades 3-5)

A superhero in Phoenix plugs the annual Arizona State Fair, which has been held since 1884, eighteen years before statehood, when it was a territorial fair.

The Library of Congress, the largest library in the world and home of the U.S. Copyright Office, holds an unparalleled record of American creativity. The Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building was designed to reflect its commitment to imagination, creativity, and learning. Students will explore imagination and creativity as represented in the Library’s architecture and collections, while developing ideas for creating their own comics. Includes a short pre-program activity and a post-program comic-making activity.

Rosa Parks: Freedom Fighter (grades 5-8)

Rosa Parks in her own Words Exhibition - Detroit 1957 and Beyond - March on Washington

Through discussion, questioning strategies, storytelling and other activities, participants learn about the many ways civil rights activist Rosa Parks fought to bring about justice and equality for many Americans. The program draws on the personal papers of Rosa Parks and other multimedia items held at the Library of Congress.

Collecting, Creating and Witnessing History (grades 9-12)

New York Tough." Selfie taken while riding the #1 train, Manhattan; photographer Camilo Vergara; Prints & Photographs Division

Guided by Library facilitators, students will learn how primary sources are relevant in their lives, explore and analyze the LOC collections from 9/11 terrorist attacks and COVID-19 pandemic, and recognize the value of their individual perspectives as witnesses to history. Please note that this program requires no less than 60 minutes.

Request a Program

Use this Workshop Request Form to request a program. Please note:

  • Programs require a minimum of 10 student participants. The maximum number of student participants is 30.
  • Programs will take place via Zoom unless otherwise requested.
  • An adult is required to participate fully in the program with the students.
  • Participating adult will need to join 15 minutes prior to the start of the program for a technical check.

Resources for Teachers

The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching.

Resources for Families

Our page for family engagement includes activity kits, printables, and author programs for kids and families that draw on the collections of the Library of Congress.


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