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On this day in 1800, Congress approved the purchase of books to start the Library of Congress.
|Grades||7 – 12|
|Calendar Activity Type||Historical Figure & Event|
The country's oldest cultural institution, the Library of Congress (LOC) is today also the largest library in the world. It houses almost 128 million items, including over 29 million books and other printed materials, 2.7 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.8 million maps, and 57 million manuscripts. The LOC's mission is to make its wealth of resources available to the Congress and the American people.
The Library of Congress (LOC) offers the perfect place to practice and refine research skills. Introduce students to the resources available at the Library of Congress website by conducting one of these research projects:
- Examine the September 11 attacks at the September 11, 2001 Documentary Project, filled with relevant resources.
- Explore Immigration in America with interviews, information on immigrants from all over the word, a timeline, and more.
- Students can investigate their own state's history or you could assign each student a different state to explore.
- This feature offers students many Amazing Americans to research. Select from presidents, reformers, explorers, musicians, authors, scientists, inventors, athletes, and more!
- StoryCorps offers ordinary people the opportunity to record their stories, which are then housed at the Library of Congress.
- The Library of Congress
Enter the Library of Congress website at their homepage. Here you'll find links to a wealth of resources for the classroom.
- The Learning Page
This section of the Library of Congress website is designed especially for teachers. Included are lesson plans, activities, professional development, and more.
- America's Story from America's Library
This section of the Library of Congress website is designed just for young people. Featured topics include amazing Americans, the U.S. states, an historical timeline, pastimes and sports, and music.
- Today in History
Part of the American Memory Project of the LOC, this section provides information on what happened in history and culture every day of the year.
Grades K – 6 | Calendar Activity |  September 1
A school or public library librarian is invited to visit the classroom to talk to the students about the advantages of having a library card. Students then take a library tour to acquaint them with the general features and resources available.