Parents' Guide to

LOC Collections

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Full Library of Congress literally in the palm of your hand.

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Extensive digital collection of materials -- from handwritten letters and published newspapers to music and art and films across genres -- is a gold mine of information. Kids can browse or search special interests or assigned topics and discover culture and history in primary source documents. Most documents are clear and kids can zoom in to see details. Videos are a mixed bag of production quality. Parental suggestions may help kids find the most interesting content -- like a collection of videos from Captain Underpants author/illustrator Dav Pilkey showing how to draw comics. Since mature and potentially upsetting images and language are readily available, an adult should provide some context and discussion, especially for younger teens. The Library of Congress website is more approachable for families because it has suggested activities and this-day-in-history features that would make great additions to the app.

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