Young Readers Center

Reflecting on Jacob Riis, an Official Young Readers Center Theme Day

  • Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Young Readers Center (LJ-G29), Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building Join the Young Readers Center for a STEAM focused day of interactive activities. Explore the social, scientific and creative aspect of journalism and photography with a special focus on the works of Jacob Riis. For ages 8–16. The Young Readers Center collection will be available for all ages accompanied by an adult.

Young Readers Center celebrates the 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland

  • Friday, April 8, 2016 — The Young Readers Center will have a special STORY TIME to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland from 10:30am – 11:15am in the YRC, room LJ G29 Jefferson Building. The program will be followed by a children's costume parade around the Jefferson building. All April the YRC will have special Alice book displays, games, activities and crafts related to the anniversary.

Young Readers Center and Center for the Book of the Library of Congress Host Diversity Symposium; “Using Books and Stories to Strengthen Families: A Multicultural Perspective.”

The Young Readers Center and the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress convenes a DIA symposium to explore how to use culturally diverse literature to support families and teen literacy. Deborah Taylor from the Enoch Pratt Free Library will moderate a discussion with the five authors whose work explores and celebrates family: Meg Medina, Kwame Alexander, Gigi Amateau, Ellen Oh, and Tim Tingle. This ninety-minute program includes opportunities for interaction among the audience of educators, parents, health and social service professionals, publishers, and writers. Diversity in Action

  • Thursday, April 30, 2015, 2:00 – 3:30pm in the Mumford Room, #649, Madison Building of the Library of Congress , 101 Independence Ave SE. Washington, DC. Reservations required. RSVP to

Young Readers Center Events and Activities

All events in Young Readers Center, except as noted. Check back for updates.


  • May 6, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Eskin Memorial Lecture honoring Children's Book Week with "Three Ambassadors" featuring former Ambassadors for Children's Literature, Katherine Paterson and Jon Scieszka, and current Ambassador Kate Di Camillo. 10:30 A.M.- 11:30 A.M. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Library of Congress Building, 101 Independence Ave SE. Washington, DC.
  • Jan. 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Books & Beyond for Young People event sponsored by the Young Readers Center and the Center for the Book: "Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March" with authors Susan Buckley and Elspeth Leacock accompanied by Lynda Blackmon Lowery, the youngest person at the historic march. A book signing will be held following the program, and a collection of artifacts from the march and the period will be on display. Open to the public with limited seating; early arrival suggested. Whittall Pavilion, ground floor, Jefferson Building.
  • Jan. 5: The Young Readers Center will open at 1 p.m. following the conclusion of a private event.


  • 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. 10 (Friday), 10:30 a.m. Young Readers Center, Bi-lingual Story time to honor Hispanic Heritage Month with storytellers Caroline Quandt and Monica Lagares.
  • 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.

Young Readers Center
Thomas Jefferson Building
Room LJ G29 (ground floor)
10 First St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20540

Monday through Saturday
9 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
(closed all federal holidays)

(202) 707-1950