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A large pumpkin, painted black with purple tentacles, sits on a wooden deck. Atop the pumpkin sits a mannequin torso and head painted to look like Ursula from The Little Mermaid.

Halloween Family Day- Your Favorite Ghoulish Gourds

Posted by: Lauren Windham Roszak

On Saturday, October 22, the Library of Congress hosted a Halloween Family Day, featuring Goosebumps author R.L. Stine and Magic Tree House author Mary Pope Osborne discussing 30 years of their series. The Library’s Informal Learning Office also hosted spooky art and reading activities for families in the Jefferson Building before the author program. One …

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 …

Two children seated at a table handling items, with an adult standing over them

A Date with History

Posted by: Naomi Coquillon

This is a guest post by Rachel Gordon, Educational Programs Specialist in the Library’s Informal Learning Office, with thanks to Muhannad Salhi of the African and Middle Eastern Division for help identifying resources, and for his Ramadan blog post. It’s a particularly appropriate time to think about the date palm and its dense, sticky, highly …