The 116th Congress is now in session in Washington, and this is a good time to remind your students that they can find out what’s happening in Congress on any day of the week from one very special library — our national library — the Library of Congress itself:
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world and its holdings encompass all of human endeavor, but its first purpose has always been to serve the operational needs of the United States Congress. At the Library’s Congress.gov website you can find the daily schedule of sessions, meetings, committees, and conferences; you can read the bills that have been introduced, passed, and rejected; you can look up your own senators and representatives and find out what their voting records are; you can even watch congressional debates live as they happen, without the attendant spin and sensationalism of the media.
The Library of Congress also has a wide variety of teaching materials and lesson plans about the work of the Congress — there’s something available for every grade level:
Why not make it a homeschool project this year to follow a particular bill through Congress, or follow the meetings of a particular committee, or the votes of a particular senator or representative. Helping the Congress do its work, and helping We the People to keep an eye on that work, is one of the main functions of the Library of Congress — a library every good homescholar should know.
What educational discoveries have you made at your library lately? 😊
❡ Explore more: Have you visited all the local libraries in your area? There may be more than you realize! The WorldCat Library Finder (worldcat.org/libraries) will help you locate all the libraries near you — public and private, large and small — and the WorldCat catalog itself (worldcat.org) will help you find the closest copy of almost any book in the world. 😊