Family-Focused Events Roundup: April – May 2021

In April and May, the Library of Congress will offer an array of online programming to help inspire meaningful reflection and thought-provoking conversations among family members, encourage creativity, and share more of the Library’s vast resources. Below we’ve listed a few upcoming virtual events that may interest your family, with summaries from the Library’s main events calendar. Please note that all events are free, but some may require registration.

April

A Conversation with Lupita Nyong’o and Carla Hayden (Thursday, April 8, 10-11 AM ET). This presentation will premiere on both Facebook and YouTube.

“A fascinating conversation for young people with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar-winning actor and author of the No. 1 best-selling children’s book “Sulwe.””

Object Lesson: Spider-Man (Thursday, April 8, 8-9 PM ET). This program will take place via Zoom.

“Join us for the first of our “Object Lessons,” where we focus on a single item from the collections and its significance. We’ll share a virtual moment with the Spider-Man origin story – Stan Lee’s story and Steve Ditko’s art – for Amazing Fantasy #15(1962). Sara W. Duke, curator of popular and applied graphic art, will share selected images from the drawings, and insights into the collaboration that led to the development of the teen superhero. This family-friendly event promises to be fun for superhero experts young and old.”

May

Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Program (three-event series):

“Adam Gidwitz and Renée Watson, authors of the highly acclaimed middle grade anthology “The Talk: Conversations on Race, Love & Truth,” will discuss their writing process and how they navigate conversations about race. Gidwitz and Watson will also answer pre-recorded student questions. Parents, teachers, and all other caregivers are encouraged to attend with children and teens; the target audience for this presentation is ages 11-16.

This event is part of the 11th annual Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Program, a three-part feature supported by the Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Fund of the Library of Congress. The fund was established to honor the late son of Marcia and Barnet Eskin.”

“Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, editors of the highly acclaimed middle grade anthology “The Talk: Conversations on Race, Love & Truth,” will discuss their dedication to diversity in children’s book publishing and the tools to help young people talk about race.

 This event is part of the 11th annual Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Program, a three-part feature supported by the Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Fund of the Library of Congress. The fund was established to honor the late son of Marcia and Barnet Eskin.”

“Join us for a live Q&A session with the creators of the highly acclaimed middle grade anthology “The Talk: Conversations on Race, Love & Truth.” Authors Adam Gidwitz and

Authors Adam Gidwitz and Renée Watson, alongside editors Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson

Rene Watson and editors/publishers Wade and Cheryl Willis Hudson will be available to take your questions in real time. Registration is required.

This event is part of the 11th annual Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Program, a three-part feature supported by the Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Fund of the Library of Congress. The fund was established to honor the late son of Marcia and Barnet Eskin.”

 

 Jim Lee and Asian American Superheroes (Thursday, May 6, 7-8 PM ET). This program will take place via Zoom.

“For Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, an event that celebrates the life work of DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee. He will appear in conversation with illustrator Bernard Chang (“Generations Forged”) and writers Sarah Kuhn (“Shadow of the Batgirl”) and Minh Lê (“Green Lantern: Legacy”). Moderated by former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang (“Superman Smashes the Klan”).

The Jim Lee and Asian American Superheroes panel is a “Great American Publishers” segment of the “Behind the Book” series. These interviews focus on leading gatekeepers in publishing who bring great works to fruition—from the germ of an idea to the production of a physical book. Lee is one of the heroes of the publishing world who champion talent, create an overall vision for a house, and bring us the kind of publications critics will laud and readers will relish for decades, even centuries to come. “Behind the Book: Great American Publishers” celebrates the crucial role publishers play and takes you inside America’s legendary publishing houses as top professionals discuss their careers with their most successful authors.”

We hope you can join us! For a full list of upcoming programming, please explore the Library of Congress’ events calendar.

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