Meet Caneisha Mills, the 2022-2023 Library of Congress Teacher-in-Residence

This post is by Caneisha Mills, the 2022-2023 Teacher-in-Residence at the Library of Congress. Mills has worked in education in Washington D.C. for over a decade, and was awarded the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s D.C. History Teacher of the Year Award in 2022. This post was originally published on the Teaching With the Library of Congress blog. […]

“Venturesome Ladies”: Trailblazing Female Fliers

From its earliest days in the late 18th century, hot air ballooning caught the public imagination. Large crowds watched balloon flights, and aeronauts became celebrities. All balloonists were incredibly brave. Risking injury and even death with every ascent only added to their glamour and fame. The fliers, inventors and scientists involved in early balloon flights […]

Victory. Stand! Meet Tommie Smith, Human Rights Activist at the 1968 Olympics

This post was written by Monica Valentine, Program Specialist in the Library’s Center for Literacy, Learning and Engagement 1968 was a turbulent year. Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were assassinated, and protest movements echoed across the world. The summer Olympics in Mexico City were no exception to this backdrop. During the medal ceremony, […]

Jason Reynolds, Grab the Mic Newsletter: September 2022

This newsletter is the latest in a series from Jason Reynolds, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. It was originally published on the Library of Congress blog. It’s been a long time and I apologize for my absence. But I’ve been writing and reading and thinking, and reading some more, and writing some more. Oh, and sweating. […]

Listening to Youth Voices as We Develop New Experiences: The Youth Advisory Council at the Library of Congress

This blog post was written with input from our Youth Advisory Council. “I thought research was just about writing papers. Now, I know I can do so much more” -Youth Advisory Council member Last year, we posted asking for your help to develop a space for kids and families – and you came through! We […]

Voicing their Stories: Groundbreaking Representation

This post was written by Abigail Sears, Sabrina Solomon and Mihir Kelkar, teen summer interns in the Library’s Informal Learning Office. This is the second of two teen-written blogs for the National Book Festival. To access the first, click here. The National Book Festival strives to represent diverse authors and experiences. At this year’s festival, […]

Welcome to the 2022 National Book Festival Young Adult Stage!

This post was written by Abigail Sears, Sabrina Solomon and Mihir Kelkar, teen summer interns in the Library’s Informal Learning Office. As we near the date of the first in-person National Book Festival (NBF) since 2019, teen interns are here and excited to share background information and behind-the-scenes looks at some of the authors featured […]