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Your Digital Book Bag from Smithsonian Libraries

Whether you’re headed back to school, back to work, or back to your home office or dining room table this fall, we’ve compiled a few fun treats and created this Digital Book Bag for you! Piece together digital jigsaw puzzles, download free coloring pages, or browse a few favorite books from our Digital Library. 

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There’s something for everyone in this virtual bag of goodies. Click the content links below to find more information about each activity and download something fun!


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Digital Library and Biodiversity Heritage Library 

Overwhelmed by the great reading options in our Digital Library and Biodiversity Heritage LibraryThis quick collection of staff favorites highlights a few titles for your virtual To Be Read pileThey’re free, don’t require a wait list or library hold, and don’t even take up space on your nightstand 

Digital Postcards 

Reconnect with friends and family by sending them a note from our new set of Digital Postcards. These nine versatile postcards are fillable pdfs that can be printed or emailed to brighten someone’s day. Download a dinosaur skull, a brilliant goldfish or a historical figure to help say “hello”! 

Jigsaw Puzzles

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You’ve probably solved a lot of new logistical problemthe past few months Take a break and put together a few soothing puzzles from our collections. Piece them together right on our blog or through Jigsaw Explorer. You can even adjust the settings to make them less challengingWcould all use an easy win these days, right? 

Virtual Meeting Backgrounds 

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Spruce up your digital meeting space with a new conference background, pulled from the pages of our booksWhether you’re working (or learning) from an office, in a home filled with kids, or a makeshift set-up in your den, it can be hard to find a distraction-free setting. We’ve rounded up a few great options from our Digital Library, re-sized and ready to download.  

Coloring Pages 

We don’t have to tell yCover of coloring packet with color swatch design.ou that this favorite childhood activity can be just as soothing for grown-ups. But did you know that we have three free packets available to add to your coloring portfolioCreated for #ColorOurCollections over the past few years, these packets offer a mental break all year long. Add your favorite hue to vintage Parisian fashions or decompress while filling in a floral pattern.  


We hope these Digital Book Bag activities bring you a little entertainment, and maybe a bit of stress-relief, as you and your family head back to the books this fall.  

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