The Library of Congress houses the largest archival collection of Walt Whitman materials in the world, all of which have are now available online. Seeing portions of Whitman’s poems in various stages of composition reveals both his very active creative mind and his innovative ways of seeing the world and crafting poetic expressions.
As you start back to school in the new year, we wanted to highlight a few outstanding posts from other Library of Congress blogs that you may have missed. Hopefully they’ll spur some ideas for classroom activities featuring the Library’s collections.
Staff from the Library of Congress will be in booth 151 at the annual convention of the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) in Houston on November 16-18, and we’d love to chat with you and give you a personalized tour of the Library’s primary source collections, teaching materials, and professional development resources.
As part of the Library’s “Anime for All” event series in conjunction with the Asian pop-culture convention Otakon, we’ve put together a special public display highlighting Japanese graphic arts and storytelling which includes some spectacular portraits of heroic warriors.
I am the Volunteer Program Specialist for the Library’s Visitor Services Office, and I help recruit, train, and manage our volunteer corps of over 340 people.
Share a picture of the Statue of Liberty with your students. What do they know about the statue? Do they know it was gift from France to celebrate the 100th birthday of the United States? Do they know anything about the sculptor, Frederic Bartholdi?
Helen Keller had been eagerly writing since she had first gained the ability to do so several years before. Although an illness in her infancy had left her unable to see or hear, an inventive teacher, Annie Sullivan, introduced her to language, and soon she was reading and writing using braille and the assistance of interpreters.
I’m delighted to be back at the Library in a new incarnation as a librarian-educator. I’m excited to be able to bring all that professional experience to bear in my current charge, which is to engage audiences in creating and sharing knowledge, inspire a love of reading and research, and inform the public about the treasures here.
It’s winter in the United States and many sections of the country are blanketed in a coverlet of white. Primary sources can enhance learning about snow, and here are a few resources for getting started, especially in science and technology classrooms.
Looking for ideas on how to help students understand this important event? These Library of Congress blogs provide links to resources on the presidential inaugurations and the activities that surround it.