The Library’s Website for Teachers: A New Look for a Trusted Resource

The new look of the Library’s Teachers site, at

As K-12 educators return to teaching this fall to begin a school year like no other, the Library has updated its website for teachers to make it more focused and easier for educators to use. The site now makes its home at a new URL:

The Library’s Teachers site has long provided a substantial suite of classroom materials, professional development resources, and other tools to support teachers as they use the Library’s powerful online collections of primary sources with their students. This new update includes all of our most-used and most-effective resources, but also allows us to offer:

  • A more streamlined experience that lets busy teachers find what they need quickly
  • Mobile-responsive design that’s easier to use on a variety of devices
  • Better integration with the online collections of the Library

Plus new content areas:

We plan to keep building new content and doing all we can to help educators meet the challenges of teaching during uncertain times, so please take a look around and let us know what you think! We look forward to your working with us in our new home for years to come.

Starting Conversations with Students about Personal Spending, Investing, and Stewardship with Historical Receipts

In the Sources and Strategies article, we explained that receipts for personal expenses such as these – for initiation fees, annual and lifetime membership dues, taxes, and donations – can provide starting points for conversations with students about a wide variety of economic topics from personal spending to investing to stewardship, and more.

Expanding Student Understanding of Slavery in America by Exploring an Arabic Muslim Slave Narrative

In the January-February 2019 issue of Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies, our “Sources and Strategies” article discusses the Life of Omar ibn Said, the only known extant narrative written in Arabic by an enslaved person in the United States. Analyzing this unique manuscript provides students with an opportunity to expand their understanding of some of the people who were brought to the United States from Africa to be enslaved. How educated were they? What did they believe?

The League of Nations: Conflicting Opinions in Editorial Cartoons

One hundred years ago, on January 25, 1919, the delegates to the Paris Peace Conference approved a proposal to create the League of Nations. Nearly a year later, on January 16, 1920, the League held its first meeting with its stated principal mission of maintaining world peace.

Music educators: How might you imagine using our resources?

Back in December 2017, a colleague of ours here at the Library published a short piece in the Music Educator’s Journal highlighting the many video recordings of musical performances at the Library of Congress hosted on the Library’s YouTube channel. Focusing on videos documenting the American Folklife Center’s Homegrown concert series, Lee Ann Potter (Director, Educational Outreach) noted that these resources offer great value to teachers and students. What is that value, and how can we here at the AFC help realize it?