Mississippi is hosting its first book festival, and we’re invited. On Saturday, August 22, I’ll be at the Mississippi State Capitol representing the Library of Congress education program, alongside colleagues from the Veterans History Project, the American Folklife Center, and the National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Stop by if you’re in the neighborhood!
I’ll be talking about the Library’s resources for teachers, including our Mississippi primary source set — a sampling of the historic artifacts and cultural materials about the state from the Library’s collections. We also offer primary source sets about all the other states plus a range of curricular topics for all grade levels.
The Library’s K-12 education team publishes regular blog posts, and some of them address the creative works of particular authors:
- Walt Whitman’s War Work: Primary Sources in the English Classroom
- Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn: Controversy at the Heart of a Classic
- Edgar Allan Poe: Using Primary Sources from the Library of Congress to Deepen Understanding of the Raven
Other posts suggest ways to connect books and reading with primary sources from the Library’s collections:
And some of them simply promote resources that we think you should know about:
Search for “poetry,” “books,” “reading,” and “writing” in the blog archives for even more.
We hope to see you in Jackson, but even if you can’t make the event, please enjoy exploring the Library’s resources on books and reading. Leave us a comment about your favorite discoveries!