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Halloween is coming, and there’s no better place to search for treats than at the library! Here are two great library-related items for this Halloween: a spooky project your students can join at the Library of Congress, and some scary Shakespearean stories, costumes, and recipes.
The “By the People” project at the Library of Congress invites interested readers — like you and your students — to help transcribe original historic documents in the Library’s collections. (It’s one of our recommended Lunary Society projects for homeschoolers.) The Library has just released a new “By the People” task for Halloween: transcribing a manuscript by the nineteenth-century spiritualist Frederick Hockley, which details his experimental attempts to contact the great beyond. 👻
- ➢ Seers, Spiritualists, and the Spirit World: The Experiments of Frederick Hockley (Library of Congress via Facebook)
Hockley was one of the people responsible for the widespread public fascination with seances, mysticism, crystals, and other so-called occult practices in the nineteenth century. This manuscript, which is now in the Library of Congress, was once in the personal collection of famed magician Harry Houdini. 🎩 By joining this project you can help to make its contents more accessible to readers and historians around the world, and your students can learn some valuable historical research skills at the same time.
The second item is a whole collection of spooky Shakespearean resources from the Folger Shakespeare Library (which, incidentally, is just around the corner from the Library of Congress in Washington).
- ➢ A Shakespeare Halloween Guide: What to Watch, Listen To, Read, and Wear (Folger Shakespeare Library)
Learn how to make a good Elizabethan potion (or “posset”), dress up as an authentic Shakespearean witch, discover black cat lore, watch a performance of Macbeth — the spooky selections are endless!
What educational treasures have you discovered in your library this Cygnus Term? 😊
❡ Dukedoms large enough: Have you found all the local libraries in your area? There may be more than you realize, and there’s no better homeschool field trip than a field trip to a new library! The WorldCat Library Finder will help you find all the library collections near you — public and private, large and small — and the WorldCat catalog itself will help you locate the closest copy of almost any book in the world. 😊
❡ 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, as well as permanent links to WorldCat and the WorldCat Library Finder. Why not sit yourself down at a large screen for a while (rather than a phone) and give them a browse. 🔎
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