Visit the Library of Congress at the Mississippi Book Festival

Mississippi is hosting its first book festival, and we’re invited. On Saturday, August 22, I’ll be at the Mississippi State Capitol representing the Library of Congress education program, alongside colleagues from the Veterans History Project, the American Folklife Center, and the National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Stop by if you’re in the neighborhood!

I’ll be talking about the Library’s resources for teachers, including our Mississippi primary source set — a sampling of the historic artifacts and cultural materials about the state from the Library’s collections. We also offer primary source sets about all the other states plus a range of curricular topics for all grade levels.

Waffle House Restaurant torn apart by Hurricane Katrina on the Biloxi, Mississippi coast 2006

Elvis Presley’s birthplace, Tupelo, Mississippi

Hon. H. R. Revels, United States senator from Mississippi

The Library’s K-12 education team publishes regular blog posts, and some of them address the creative works of particular authors:

Other posts suggest ways to connect books and reading with primary sources from the Library’s collections:

The Rocket Book 1912

And some of them simply promote resources that we think you should know about:

Search for “poetry,” “books,” “reading,” and “writing” in the blog archives for even more.

We hope to see you in Jackson, but even if you can’t make the event, please enjoy exploring the Library’s resources on books and reading. Leave us a comment about your favorite discoveries!

New Library of Congress Ebooks: Japanese American Internment, Women’s Suffrage, and Political Cartoons

What would it be like to hold history in your hands? To leaf through the pages of a suffragist’s scrapbook? To scrutinize a political cartoon published by Benjamin Franklin? To hear a decorated veteran speak to you about what it was like to live in a detention camp in his own country? The Library of […]

Celebrating Summer with Beach-Worthy Posts

Those of us at the Library who work in education are celebrating the fourth anniversary of the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog.

We’re grateful for all the journeys of discovery that we’ve taken in the course of creating posts for this blog, and we’re grateful for all the co-authors and guest authors who’ve enriched its pages over the years.

Teacher Webinar May 7: English Learners, the Common Core and Primary Sources

How can time-strapped teachers find and use free resources from the online collections of the Library of Congress to support the needs of diverse learners? Join us in a webinar on Thursday, May 7, at 4 PM ET, to learn strategies “to engage students in the analysis of evidence (Common Core), increase comprehensible input (diverse learners), and promote content learning and student engagement.”

Inviting Students to Consider Possible Research Paths Suggested by Three Sources from the Late 19th Century

In the March/April 2014 issue of Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies, our “Sources and Strategies” article described the invention of the phonograph and how it was used by the 19th century American ethnologists, Alice Cunningham Fletcher and Francis La Flesche, to record music and interviews with Omaha Indians.

Three New Ebooks from the Library of Congress: The Industrial Revolution, Jim Crow, and Children’s Lives

Walk with civil rights activists as they march against racial segregation. Pick out the details of a nineteenth-century factory. Zoom in on the faces of children at play one hundred years ago.

As teachers begin planning for the next school year, the Library of Congress invites students everywhere to touch, draw on, and explore some of its most valuable treasures–all via its three newest free interactive ebooks for tablets.

Teacher Webinar, Thursday April 23: Primary Sources and Chronicling America

Last June Teaching with the Library of Congress introduced Tonijala Penn, Digital Conversion Specialist for Chronicling America. On April 23, at 4 pm ET, she’ll join us in a webinar, so we’d like to reintroduce her. During the webinar, Library staff will model primary source teaching strategies and highlight historic newspapers available through the Chronicling […]