This post was co-written by Danna Bell and Kathleen McGuigan of the Library of Congress
Award-winning author Tonya Bolden will discuss her research and writing processes as part of her keynote address for the second annual Library of Congress online conference for educators, Discover and Explore with Library of Congress Primary Sources, on October 25th at 4:00 ET.
Bolden is the author of more than 20 books for young people. These include Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century Girl; Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America; Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty; and M.L.K.: The Journey of a King. Bolden has received a Coretta Scott King Honor, a James Madison Award, a Carter G. Woodson Award and NCTE Orbis Pictus Honors. Her most recent work, How to Build a Museum: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (Viking), chronicles the history behind the development and the building of the latest museum on the National Mall.
Bolden recently participated in a series of conversations with young people about her research process and her writing process. During these conversations, which are available on the Library of Congress You Tube channel (Part 1 Part 2 part 3 ), she discussed the value of studying and understanding history, emphasizing that there is “power in the past” and that knowing our history makes us whole.
A skilled researcher, Bolden has harnessed the power of the past in her books. She combines vivid storytelling with links to primary sources and first-hand accounts of life during the time period when a particular book takes place. Readers feel as if they are with Maritcha as she and her family flee their home during the New York draft riots of 1863 or in a courtroom with Sarah Rector as decisions are made about her rights.
Elementary school librarian Tom Bober will facilitate this engaging conversation about the importance of primary sources and using them to learn our history.
Participating in the online conference is free, but registration is required. Learn more about this and other sessions and register here.
Founded in 1908, the National Press Club has more than a hundred years of history. The Library of Congress has recently made available recordings from National Press Club talks that span four decades in a presentation “Food for Thought: Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Other National Press Club Luncheon Speakers, 1954-1989.” Bringing pieces of these talks into the classroom allows students to hear a perspective on a particular event and make connections to historical events or events of today.
Thinking about topics for National History Day or other research projects? Explore the online resources of the Library of Congress for primary sources to inspire and support a variety of projects.
Bring your questions! Bring your experiences! Bring your friends! The Library of Congress is hosting its second online conference for teachers, and you’re invited.
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Every four years, voters go to the polls to elect the next president of the United States. We find ourselves listening to campaign advertisements, news reports on the candidates and their activities and watching debates between the candidates. Bring the campaign to life with primary sources from the Library of Congress.
One highlight of the National Book Festival is the opportunity to talk with so many teachers about the Library’s program for K-12 educators. On Saturday we were able to meet more than 120 teachers and school librarians and tell them about the Library’s amazing online collections of primary sources, and about the teacher resources available at loc.gov/teachers. Learning from teachers is an important part of our program, and we’re grateful that the National Book Festival provides a venue for us to exchange ideas with educators from around the country.
This summer, Educational Outreach staff and panels of colleagues, from in and outside of the Library, reviewed 81 proposals submitted in response to a nationwide search for organizations interested in joining the TPS Consortium with new and exciting ways to reach teachers across the county.
Do you need additional resources to celebrate the second half of Hispanic Heritage month? The Library of Congress has some wonderful materials for you and your students.
We’ll have activities for all ages, all day, but even if you can’t get to the Book Festival, you can experience some of the activities. Here are a couple of the ways that we connect books to primary sources: