Best of the Festival 2022: Kid Lit

This post was written by Sasha Dowdy, a program specialist in the Literary Initiatives Office. It was originally published in the National Book Festival blog. The National Book Festival has always welcomed families and children, and this year was no exception. On the KidLit stage, the stage devoted to middle-grade writers and their latest books. […]

Veteran’s Day Activities for Children and Families: Highlighting Artists and Aviators

This is a guest blog by Siobhan Miller, Teaching with Primary Sources intern at the Young Readers Center & Programs Lab.  With thanks to Megan Harris of the Veterans History Project. For more information on the Teaching with Primary Sources internship opportunity, please follow this link. As Veterans Day approaches, many of us are reflecting […]

Baseball History Part Two: Finding Larry Doby in the Newspaper Collections

This summer, I was inspired by our programs at National Park to explore my own family connections with baseball. This post is a follow-up to my colleague Lauren’s post, “Baseball History: Reflections & Family History Activities”. My grandfather grew up in Paterson, New Jersey, home of his baseball hero—Larry Doby. After serving in World War […]

Halloween Family Day- Your Favorite Ghoulish Gourds

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 […]

Baseball History: Reflections & Family Story Activities

The Informal Learning Office recently finished a summer reading partnership with the Washington Nationals baseball team. Over the course of the summer, we met over 600 participants at Nationals Park. During the program, we shared Library of Congress collection items with children who came to celebrate reading with relief pitcher Sean Doolittle. Children learned the […]

Halloween Puzzles from the Library of Congress’s Newspaper Collections

This post was written by Malea Walker, a reference librarian in the Serial and Government Publications Division at the Library of Congress. It was originally published on the Headlines & Heroes blog.  If you’re looking for a Halloween treat, take a break from the spooky and the scary and enjoy some of these Halloween themed […]

Halloween Family Day at the Library of Congress: Resources & Collections

This post was written by Monica Valentine, a program specialist in the Library’s Informal Learning Office. Research assistance was provided by teen summer interns This fall, the authors of two beloved Kid Lit series—Goosebumps and Magic Tree House—are celebrating thirty years of their popular series at the Library. We invite you to join us on […]

Recipes and Collections for “October, the Apple-Scented Month”

“October is the apple-scented month… Apples into boxes, into baskets, apples in transit; gold and scarlet pyramids and in the market place….Apples for bowls, apples for lunchboxes.” These lines from a 1959 newspaper column perfectly sum up the sight in stores, farmers’ markets, orchards and roadsides at this time of year. Apples are everywhere. There […]

Children’s and YA Latin American and Latinx Literature: Webcast and Family Discussion Questions

This post was authored by Sasha Dowdy, a program specialist in the Library’s literary initiative team. Last year, the Hispanic Reading Room partnered with the the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) to  celebrate children’s and young adult Latin American and Latinx literature with a virtual webcast. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we […]