Young Readers Center

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.

“Star Wars” Readers’ Theater Event to Feature Four Young Peoples’ Authors

Tony Diterlizzi, Alexandra Bracken, Adam Gidwitz, Tom Angleberger to Appear

Four popular authors for young people who have written new books based on the “Star Wars” saga will read aloud in a “readers’ theater” presentation on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Library of Congress in its Coolidge Auditorium. The program, which will be followed by a book signing, is free of charge and open to the public, although seating will be limited. The auditorium is on the ground floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.

Authors speaking in the program, which is sponsored by the Library’s Young Readers Center, will be Tony Diterlizzi, author of “Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight”; Alexandra Bracken, author of “Star Wars: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy”; Adam Gidwitz, author of “Star Wars: So You Want to Be a Jedi?” and Tom Angleberger, author of “Star Wars: Beware the Power of the Dark Side.” The Readers’ Theater is interactive, involving young members of the audience. A short clip of the upcoming film, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be included in the event. For more information contact the Young Readers Center at 202-707-1950.

Young Readers Center Introduces a Teen Board

The Young Readers Center (YRC) of the Library of Congress launched a Teen Board with a pilot program comprising 24 middle and high school students from three schools in Washington, D.C. Advisers from these institutions are two librarians and one assistant principal. The mission of this program, reflecting an important goal of the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress, is to stimulate reading in a demanding teen population and to introduce them to the YRC. Three schools have been announced to form the second season of participants; they include middle school students continuing from Stuart Hobson, and high school students from Cesar Chavez Public Policy Charter School and Richard Wright Public Charter School, all in Washington, D.C.

In the first year of the program students, from Center City Public Charter School in Northwest Washington, McKinley Technology Education Center in Northeast and Stuart Hobson Middle School in Northeast, were selected by the school faculty adviser. Prior to the pilot launch, schools received a sample “teen book review form,” participation information and parent permission forms.

Key components of the project include reading advance copies of teen books, writing reviews utilizing critical analysis and discussing the critiques among the group of students who meet monthly at the YRC, located in the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Students select from an annotated list that includes age- and content-appropriate books that have been sent to the school faculty adviser. At the monthly meetings, attended by the faculty adviser, and led by a former librarian at Bethesda Public Library in Maryland, students are encouraged to share knowledge about storytelling, character development, literary genres and trends in teen/young adult literature. As the project develops more student reviews will be posted on

Short samples of excerpts from student comments are listed here:

Salt and Stone by Victoria Scott, Scholastic, Feb. 2015. Review by Nora
2nd in this series, 5 words on this book: Mystery, love, complex, danger wow

plus review for 1st in series: Fire and Flood, Scholastic, 2014 - Nora again, words: Love, strength, determination

Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday, Egmont, 2014. Review by Betelehm - "This book is amazing. It starts from blood and ends with blood." Favorite aspect: when Annabel finds out that her love and her enemy were the same. Words on this book - amazing, awesome

Zodiac by Stan Lee, Stuart Moore and Andie Tong, Disney, Jan. 2015
Review by Mina: well done new genre mash-up (graphic novel meets novel)

All Fall Down by Ally Carter, Scholastic, Jan. 2015
Review by Nora: page-turning, well-written, plot twists

Stone Cover Island by Suzanne Myers SoHo Teen, review by Rajah
Intricate, electrifying, complex, confusing and different

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.

Internet Access

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 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.

Educational Programming
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.

Specialized Programming
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)

(202) 707-1950