Open a book and you open the door to a new world. The Library of Congress welcomes children, teens and adults to the Young Readers Center, a place especially designed for young people.
Young Readers Center Events and Activities for Fall 2014
All events in Young Readers Center, except as noted. Check back for updates.
- During the month of October, the Young Readers Center will host an exhibit of 16 original illustrations by Susan Roth for the award-winning book "Parrots Over Puerto Rico."
- Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Celebrate Columbus Day with "Discovery: Land, Sea and Space." Book displays, activities and crafts will be featured.
- Oct. 16, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Library of Congress Sales Shop, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E. As part of his U.S. book tour, French author/illustrator, Hervé Tullet, will sign his newest book, "Mix It Up."
- Nov. 7, 10:30-11 a.m.: Africa theme day starting with a special Story Time, with guest author and musician Ifeoma Onyefulu.
- Nov. 21, 2-3 p.m.: Book-signing by "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" author/illustrator Jeff Kinney, Mumford Foyer, sixth floor, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E.
- Nov. 28, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Celebrate the day after Thanksgiving with the Young Readers Center, which will offer a special puppet show, targeted to young children accompanied by an adult. The classic "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak will be narrated and performed in the center's puppet theater.
- Nov. 28, noon-4 p.m.: Puppet making for children; kids will be able to make a puppet to take home.
- Every Friday, 10:30-11 a.m.: Ongoing Story Time for infants and toddlers with books, music and movement.
Story Time for Infants and Toddlers at the Young Readers Center
The Young Readers Center (Jefferson Building, Room G29) will continue to offer Story Time for infants and toddlers every Friday (except holidays) starting at 10:30 a.m.
NOTE: Due to an occupancy review of the Center by the Library of Congress Safety Services Office, we are required to limit the number of participating children and adults to 50. Free admission stickers will be distributed on a first-come, first- served basis beginning at 10 a.m.
Thank you for understanding and we look forward to your participation.
Please check this website or call the YRC at 202-707-1950 for any changes to this schedule.
Books in the Young Readers Center
Young people are encouraged to explore the center’s library of current and classic books, which can be read onsite. Adults can also read aloud to their children from a selection of preschool-appropriate books by the nation’s best authors and illustrators. This collection of books is noncirculating, and readers are encouraged to check with their school and local public libraries for copies that they can borrow and enjoy at home to complete their reading.
Parents and caregivers can safely explore the Internet at one of two stations in the Young Readers Center. These two computers only access kid-friendly websites
Read.gov is the Center for the Book’s new website for readers of all ages. The site offers pages specifically designed for kids and teens, as well as adults, educators and parents. A special feature of the site is an exclusive story, called “The Exquisite Corpse Adventure.”
National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
In 2008 the Library named its first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. The position was created to raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people. During the two-year term, the National Ambassador travels the country to promote the importance of reading by young people. The program is administered in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council.
Books & Beyond for Young People
The center is a place where visiting authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults can discuss their work, and audiences will be able to meet and ask questions of their favorite authors. These authors and artists will make presentations as part of the Books & Beyond author series of the Center for the Book.
The Young Readers Center offers programs that interpret the Library’s online materials for young readers and their educators. Readers can learn how to use the Library’s millions of online primary sources in their studies, and teachers can learn how to incorporate these materials in their classroom presentations.
The Young Readers Center is eager to tailor programs to accommodate special requests. If your classroom or organization would like to visit the center on a specific date, staff will do its best to accommodate your needs and interests. Call the Young Readers Center at (202) 707-1950.
Young Readers Center
Thomas Jefferson Building
Room LJ G29 (ground floor)
10 First St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20540
Monday through Friday
9 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
(closed all federal holidays)