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Fine Arts  
The Library of Congress Presents: Music, Theater and Dance Patriotic Images...I Hear America SingingShowcasing the Library's performing arts collections, The Library of Congress Presents: Music, Theater and Dance offers educational resources and primary source materials on a variety of topics such as the origins of our country's patriotic music, the life and work of "jazz great" Gerry Mulligan, and 19th-century parlor music.
Motion Pictures in American Memory Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division (MBRS)Hundreds of early motion pictures are viewable in the American Memory collections. So much can be learned from these historic films from the Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division!
Library of Congress Live
For Kids
Chuna McIntyre, an Alaskan dancerCombining historical treasures from the Library's collections with music, dance and dialogue, these programs provide a firsthand view into history and cultures from around the world. A schedule of upcoming events and Webcasts of past programs are found on the Web site.
CyberLC CyberLC imageWebcasts from the Library can be viewed on your schedule. The programs range from authors talking about their work to presentations by specialists in a variety of fields.
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The Center for the Book

Books Give Us Wings LogoThe Center for the Book, established to promote books, reading, libraries and literacy, is a focal point for celebrating the legacy of books and the printed word. Of special interest to educators: events and projects.
Children's Literature Center The Wizard of Oz imageThough it does not serve children directly, the Children's Literature Center assists teachers, librarians, parents and others who work with youth.
Journeys & Crossings Image of bridge from Journeys and Crossings.The Library offers exciting and historically significant materials through Webcasts that reveal the personal insights of the staff who know the materials best.
Poetry 180 Poetry 180 Listening to poetry can encourage students and other learners to become members of the circle of readers for whom poetry is a vital source of pleasure. Poetry 180 is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem each day of the 180 days of the school year.
Favorite Poem Project man enjoying hearing a poemThe Favorite Poem Project is dedicated to celebrating, documenting and promoting poetry's role in Americans' lives. The project includes a user created, interactive database of America's favorite poems, as well as a collection of teacher developed Lesson plans.
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Collection Guides: Bibliographies and Webliographies A collage of images from different collections This collection of themed resources from across the Library’s Web sites includes: African American Sites, Brown v. Board of Education, Congressional Information, Guide to Poetry & Literature, Guide to World War II Materials, and Researching the Wreck of the RMS Titanic.
“With an Even Hand” Brown v. Board at Fifty An elementary school in  Hurlock, Maryland, ca. 1935On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, declaring that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." This Exhibition explores the struggle for racial desegregation in the United States.
America's Library
For Kids
Buffalo Bill CodyDiscover the Stories of America's Past: meet amazing Americans; jump back in time; explore the states; join America at play; see, hear and sing. Log on, play around, learn something!
Places in the News Map sectionResponding in a timely fashion to current events, the Geography and Map Division presents up-to-date maps that locate areas relating to situations covered by news organizations.
Community Roots Native American children in ethnic garbSharing collected information from more than 1,000 community and cultural events, the Local Legacies collection demonstrates Americans' pride in where they come from, who they are and where they live.
Veterans History Project Female Soldier from World War IIEvery day we lose 1,500 of our 19 million war veterans. A desire to honor our veterans and to collect their stories and experiences while they are still among us motivated the U.S. Congress to create the Veterans History Project. Visit to learn how you can participate.
Today in History Today in History logoVisit America's past each day through the Today in History Web site. Use the archives to search for specific information by topic or by date.
Portals to the World image of a globeVisit selected links that provide authoritative, in-depth information about the nations and areas of the world. The Web site is arranged by country or area with links for each sorted into a wide range of broad categories.
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Everyday Mysteries
For Kids
Magnifying glass Did you ever wonder why a camel has a hump? Can you really tell the weather by listening to the chirp of a cricket? Why do our joints make popping sounds? Visit Everyday Mysteries to learn about the fascinating science behind ordinary things.
Selected Internet Resources for Teachers Selected Internet Resources for TeachersThis selected set of links, compiled by Science Reference Services, will be of special interest to teachers of math and science. Don't miss the specific links for Science Fair Projects and Chemistry and Physics Experiments.
Science & Technology Research Guides Logo for Science Tracer BulletsThe Science Tracer Bullets are research guides to help locate information on science and technology subjects. The guides include brief introductions to the topics, lists of resources and strategies for finding more.
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Spain, the United States &
the American Frontier:
Historias Paralelas
image of Spanish explorerParallel Histories examines the history of Spanish expansion into North America from Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas across the continent through Louisiana and Texas to the Southwest, California and Alaska. The collection text may be read in English or Spanish.
Meeting of Frontiers image of a geographic junction of frontiersThis bilingual English-Russian digital library tells the story of America's exploration and settlement of the West, the parallel exploration and settlement of Siberia and the Russian Far East and the meeting of the Russian-American frontier in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
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Research Centers Research CentersThe Research Centers (Reading Rooms) offer a wealth of information not readily found on the Library's main Web sites. Take time to explore what they offer online.
Virtual Reference Shelf Virtual Reference ShelfBefore you "Ask a Librarian," try the Virtual Reference Shelf for quick answers to many general questions.
Alcove 9 Main Reading RoomThe Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress has eight alcoves. This ninth "virtual alcove" is a collection of Web sites selected and annotated by Humanities and Social Sciences Division subject specialists.
(Born Digital Materials)
Minerva An ever-increasing amount of the world’s cultural and intellectual output is created in digital formats, without any physical form. Such materials are described as "born digital." The MINERVA Project collects and preserves primary source materials that are "born digital."
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Thinkport offers free access to video clips, lesson plans, and interactive online field trips covering multiple topics and subject areas. Teacher support materials and innovative online tools create an exciting and useful environment for educators and students.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online

Brooklyn Daily EagleThis project of the Brooklyn Public Library provides more than 140,000 pages of primary source material and includes obituaries, marriage notice, society gossip, lists of war causalities and everyday news items in a searchable format.
International Children's Digital Library International Children's Library logoWith participants from around the world, the International Children's Digital Library is building an international collection that reflects both the diversity and quality of children's literature. Currently, the collection includes materials donated from 27 cultures in 15 languages.
American Journeys American Journeys imageAmerican Journeys offers access to 18,000 pages of primary source eyewitness accounts from expeditions of discovery, including: the 1492 log of Columbus, the complete journals of Lewis and Clark, and much more. Teachers will find background essays, reference maps, and lesson plans.
Digital Classroom - NARA National Archives and Record Administration logoActivities, worksheets, and cross-curricular connections, guide educators' use of NARA's primary source documents. The Digital Classroom provides stragegies for research, as well. Don't miss news of professional development opportunities.
Thomas Day Education
primary source artifactThe project's goal is to improve the teaching of African-American history and culture through scholar-led seminars for teachers, a teacher support network, and educational materials that focus on primary source documents and artifacts to teach critical thinking.
Congress in the Classroom - The Dirksen Congressional Center Dirksen Congressional CenterCongress in the Classroom, a program sponsored by The Dirksen Congressional Center, offers a summer workshop for high school U.S. history, government, civics, political science, or social studies teachers. The 2005 program theme will be "Our New Congress — the 109th.
Bringing History Home, a K-5 Curriculum Bringing Home HistoryThis site was created through a Teaching American History Grant collaboration. It offers classroom-proven curriculum units to engage elementary-aged students in historical inquiry and enhance their knowledge of U.S. history. All units are aligned with NCSS Standards and National History Standards, and are free for public use.
Asia for Educators
Columbia University
Asia for EducatorsAsia for Educators Online features classroom materials and teaching guides for use by faculty and students in world history, culture, geography, art, and literature at the undergraduate and pre-college levels. It includes teaching units, maps, timelines, primary source readings, and a database of recommended materials.
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