“Before jumping into your car for that road trip, make sure you have a book, whether it’s a printed book, an audiobook or an e-book. Find a book that you can connect with family and friends for a lively and passionate discussion while you’re on the road.” 

These are the words of Dr. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D.C., and the first woman and first African American to be employed in that public service job.

Her message of literacy is loud and clear – reading and sharing books is a priority for life’s adventures. In fact, she organized a new celebration honoring the results of literacy, specifically for women who achieved the United States right to vote, 100 years ago, culminating with the 19th Constitutional amendment. "Shall not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote" is an exhibition you can visit through September 2020, at the Library of Congress, commemorating the 70-year women’s suffrage movement through a compilation of original letters, photos, speeches and film footage. It’s an exciting display for students of all grades and ages to look at handwritten letters, speeches, photographs and scrapbooks in the great names of of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Mary Church Terrell, Carrie Chapman Catt and others. 

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Past and present times connect us to co-create our future, and when families read and discuss books together, they collaborate and exchange ideas. As a result, new connections are forged that foster progress within and outside the home. Bright idea: start a family reading night or afternoon. 

For more information about upcoming events and planning a family trip this school year to the U.S. Library of Congress read https://www.loc.gov/events or https://www.loc.gov/visit/