The following activity asks the students to think about the Library of Congress and its purpose prior to their visit. Divide the students into four groups; give each group one of the following questions and ask them to discuss it for 3-4 minutes and appoint a spokesperson to share the group's response.
- Why do you think Congress needs a library?
- What kinds of materials do you think the Congress needs to have in the library?
- Why might we still need a library if we have access to the Internet?
- What would you like to see in the library?
After the groups have the chance to report out, the students will have the opportunity to learn more about the library from the tour guide, and have a focused visit to the building. There are activities for the visit in the book, Transforming Student Travel. After the visit, the students will return to their original discussion.
- What surprised you about the library?
- What kinds of resources did you find in the library? What didn't you see?
- Why can't the internet replace the library?