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The Library of Congress has announced a new program to provide free educational and entertainment resources for families who are staying home and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The LOC announced today they are teaming with cartoonist Dav Pilkey, the best-selling creator of Dog Man and Captain Underpants, for a weekly video series, Dav Pilkey At Home, that will take place on Friday mornings at 8 AM Eastern. Pilkey and publisher Scholastic will also be creating additional videos, and providing printable resources, all of which will start to be available this Wednesday, April 1st.

Pilkey is one of the best-selling cartoonists working today. He was named one of The Beat‘s Comics Industry Persons of the Year for 2019, and has sold tens of millions of copies of his Dog Man series, the eighth book for which was released late last year.

You can check out the full text of the announcement, including information on the social media channels where Dave Pilkey at Home can be found, below. The series is set to begin this Wednesday.

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Dav Pilkey, the children’s author and illustrator behind award-winning and worldwide bestselling book series including Dog Man and Captain Underpants, is collaborating with the Library of Congress to serve children and families online during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dav Pilkey at Home will feature new video content created by Pilkey himself on Friday mornings at 8 a.m. ET on social media channels and the websites of the Library and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company. Beginning April 1, fun and free activities will be available online including how-to-draw demonstrations, engaging read-a-louds and inspiring resources from the Library’s collections. Additional videos and content will be shared periodically throughout the week and will feature downloadable activities, conversations about books and creativity, and tips for kids and families to create their own characters and act out scenes from Pilkey’s Dog Man book series.

While the Library is currently closed to the public to reduce the risk of transmitting coronavirus, curators and education specialists from the Library are developing new online programs to engage families and lifelong learners who are staying at home during this time.

Starting April 1, Dav Pilkey at Home can be found here:

·       Twitter: @LibraryCongress
·       Facebook: facebook.com/libraryofcongress.
·       Library of Congress: loc.gov/engage
·       Facebook: facebook.com/scholastic
·       Twitter: @Scholastic
·       Dav Pilkey at Home: scholastic.com/davpilkeyathome
·       Scholastic Learn at Home: scholastic.com/learnathome

The Library will also be featuring a variety of other online features and activities for families, including author conversations from past National Book Festivals, informal learning activities connected with Library collections and more.

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