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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence

In January we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!  Dr. King said, “Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.” How have you made the world better? In the 1950s and 1960s, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made big changes in America and around the world by showing people how to confront inequality and injustice without using physical force. His ideas can help you make your own changes in the world today. Start thinking »

Making the Star-Spangled Banner

Have you ever heard the song “The Star-Spangled Banner?” Read a book about Caroline Pickersgill, the girl who helped make the flag that inspired the national anthem, then design your own family flag, take a trip to a nearby fort, or write a mini-newspaper. Learn more »

Duke Ellington and Jazz

Meet Edward "Duke" Ellington, one of America's most famous jazz musicians. Get acquainted by reading Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra, then explore jazz history through crafts, video, and music clips. Read more »

Coming to America

Whether you think America is more of a melting pot or a salad bowl, immigration has had a huge impact on American history. Explore the experiences of immigrants who came to America and the ways that immigration has changed life in America. Learn more »

Get Cozy with a Good Book

When the weather outside is frightful, a book can be delightful! Find historical fiction and nonfiction book recommendations from our staff on the Find Books page. We have over 200 books listed for all reading levels. Start reading »

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