The National Park Service supports libraries and librarians in-person and online. Even if a library is too far from a Park or the park is not able to provide a ranger, the wide range of resources available at NPS.gov can help capture the imaginations and deepen the curiosity of library patrons.
Librarians may use historic sites found on the National Register of Historic Places to make meaningful programs by connecting book topics with historic places, including local historic sites. Programs grounded in a real historic place take advantage of a patron's existing knowledge or emotional connections. The result can be a powerful library experience.
Use TwHP Lessons in Library Programs
Find out how librarians use Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans in their childrens' programs and see an illustrated example.
Storytime with Historic Places
Take library patrons on a journey of the imagination in a storytime about heritage and historic places that matter.
Take advantage of Park Service resources to boost library programs:
The Park Service offers multimedia resources that may be used in library programming. Search the National Park Service Multimedia Database to find for photos, videos, and audio files in the public domain from parks or historic sites to enrich your programs or displays in the library. Examples of free video include,
- Freedom's Fortress - Escape to Freedom (YouTube)
- Martin Luther King, Jr , and the Vietnam War (YouTube)
- Buffalo Soldiers - Service on the Frontier (YouTube)
- African American Trailblazers - Building the Alaska Highway (YouTube)
- Sesame Street Explores National Parks (YouTube)
See also: "America’s Greatest Classrooms" (YouTube)
Last updated: June 28, 2018