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In Search of a Shrimp: Origami Collections & Activity

Posted by: Alli Hartley-Kong

This is a guest post written by Jennifer Ezell, an Educational Programs Specialist in the Informal Learning Office, with special thanks to Cameron Penwell, Japanese Reference Specialist in the Asian Division at the Library of Congress. This past April, we hosted our annual Japanese Culture Day event, a celebration of Japanese culture and heritage featuring …

“Heaps of Fun”: Games, Rhymes, and Riddles in the Library’s Collections

Posted by: Alli Hartley-Kong

This post was written by Mara Gregory, a spring 2023 Teaching With Primary Sources intern and recent graduate of Simmons University. School’s out for the summer! As warm days and long sunlit hours bring back memories of past summer breaks, the Library’s collections are a rich source for exploring children’s leisure activities over the years. …

A photograph of a man sitting in an office chair, smoking a pipe, his feet up. The photograph is in black and white and the room the man is in is filled with piano keyboards, typewriters, books, and electronics.

Family Activities for Exploring the Photography Lens of Gordon Parks: Perceive, Believe, Document

Posted by: Alli Hartley-Kong

This post is by Caneisha Mills, the 2022-2023 Library of Congress Teacher in Residence. The life and experience of Gordon Parks ensure his photographs speak to a range of audiences and help others perceive the world as he viewed it. In an article for the March/April 2023 issue of Social Education, the journal of the …

A homemade Advent calendar, featuring images from Library collections, displayed on a mantel with holiday greens, decorations, and candles.

Crafting from the Collections: Making an Advent Calendar

Posted by: Rachel Gordon

Growing up, having an Advent calendar was a fun part of my family’s holiday celebrations. Opening up a little cardboard door or window each morning from December 1st added a nice sense of anticipation and a handy visual countdown to how many days were left until Christmas. Later, my own children invariably squabbled over who …

A neon sign shaped like a road sign reading Route US 66 outlined in red and blue neon.

The Mother Road Trip- Route 66 History and Activities

Posted by: Alli Hartley-Kong

This blog post was written by Kimberly Grossett, a Junior Fellow in the Library’s Informal Learning Office. During the summer, many families take to the road to their favorite vacation spots. Whether it’s to the beach, the mountains, anywhere in between, these journeys don’t have to be boring. Travelers on Route 66–the “Mother Road”– have …