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This blog is by Danna Bell and Cheryl Lederle.

The Library of Congress publishes 21 blogs covering a variety of different topics. Here are a few recent posts that might be of interest to educators:

Poet Pablo Neruda making a recording in the Library of Congress recording studio
Pablo Neruda in the Library of Congress Recording Studio, 1966

In previous posts we have highlighted “the PALABRA Archive, a collection of audio recordings of poets and writers from Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula, the Caribbean, and from other regions with Luso-Hispanic heritage reading from their works.” This post from the Library’s Bookmarked blog highlights recent updates to the archive. Another post from the 4 Corners of the World blog highlights ways to use the PALABRA Archive in classrooms.

Handrawn map showing the forts below New Orleans including Fort Phillip and Fort Jackson
Map showing the defenses of the Mississippi below New Orleans and Farragut’s attack 24 April 1862. Robert Sneden, 1862

The Library’s Geography and Map Division publishes blog posts that use maps to explore events and places. This post brings to life “a pivotal Union victory in the Civil War: the Battle of Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip, and the capture of New Orleans and the lower Mississippi River” using maps.

Picture of Ada Limon standing on the ground of the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress
Ada Limón, Poet Laureate of the United States. Shawn Miller, 2022

Have you kept track of the activities of our current Poet Laureate Ada Limón? She was at the Library recently highlighting some of her recent work. Plus she was nominated for a Webby. Learn more about Ada Limón’s many activities in this blog post.

Image showing copies of early copyright lawas and images of copyright examiners and the campus of the Library of Congress
Early copyright laws (left, ca. 1790-1890), an early file photo of the Copyright Office (top right, ca. 1920), and a view of the Thomas Jefferson and James Madison buildings (bottom right, photo by David Rice/U.S. Copyright Office).

Check out this post on a new video, released on the 234th anniversary of the bill that would become the first copyright law in the United States, documenting the history of copyright.

Image of steam engine and plane flying above
Giant conquerors of space and time Pennsylvania Railroad. Grif Teller, 1931

Transportation has been a hot topic in the news. The Inside Adams blog highlights some of the new research guides on a variety of topics including trains, planes and automobiles.

Front page of the Detroit Tribune, May 22, 1954
Front page of the Detroit Tribune, May 22, 1954

On May 17 we will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the decision on Brown v. Board of Education. In Custodia Legis, the blog of the Law Library of Congress provides resources including links to cases, the decision and a collection of research guides on this landmark case.

Image from the Rocket Book of boy launching a rocket in his room
Page from The Rocket Book

A recent Minerva’s Kaleidoscope post discusses how images can tell a story and the role of comics and graphic novels in telling stories and bringing history to life.

We hope you enjoy this round up of some of the Library’s other blogs and will take a moment to explore them for teaching ideas or for topics of interest.

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  1. Such a wonderful panoply of coverage with subjects promising information and resources that are both pedagogically promising and simply, spiritly interesting. The work of the Library is truly extraordinary. Which I suppose is saying nothing new. Or thank you–but thank you.

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