Tuesday is Books & Libraries Day at the River Houses. Since yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States, why not take a few homeschool minutes today to view some King documents at the National Archives.
One of Martin Luther King’s most famous speeches, his “I have a dream” speech, was delivered on 28 August 1963 during a major civil rights demonstration in Washington, D.C. The National Archives has put together a few educational documents about the speech, along with questions that teachers can use, and has made them available online:
That’s a perfect page for homeschool students and teachers to spend a few minutes with today, in discussion over lunch or sitting around the study table during the evening.
¶ Little lessons: Libraries don’t just have books and computers—most also have archival collections: collections of original documents, letters, papers, and manuscripts of historical and cultural importance. The private papers of important individuals are often donated to public or university libraries when the individual dies so that they will be available for historical study, and governments at all levels maintain their official documents in national, state, and local archives. Even small town libraries typically have an archives department with documents on local history, papers from early town officials, and perhaps works of writers and artists who have lived in the town. These materials are ordinarily available for examination by library visitors, but special permission is sometimes required since the objects are often old and delicate and require special handling. Does your local library have an archival collection? Why not make an inquiry and find out.
What have you discovered at the library lately?
¶ Books in the running brooks: The sidebar on the River Houses website (riverhouses.org) has links to several important online library collections that we like to explore. The WorldCat Library Finder will help you find all the libraries in your local area, and WorldCat itself will help you locate the nearest copy of any book you want.