The Library’s Young Readers Center Celebrates National Poetry Month

Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged,
Missing me one place search another,
I stop somewhere waiting for you.
—Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Monica Valentine of the Library's Young Readers Center stands along side their very colorful display of children's poetry.

Monica Valentine of the Library’s Young Readers Center stands alongside their very colorful display of children’s poetry.

So much of children’s literature is grounded in poetry.  From the ever-popular nursery rhyme to the the famous Green Eggs and Ham, children’s literature relies on verse to teach lessons, impart history, convey emotions, or maybe just to be lighthearted and to entertain.

On your next visit to the Library of Congress, experience the incredible gift of poetry for children at the Young Readers Center. Tucked away on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson building, the YRC is the space in the Library for our youngest patrons. From infants to teens, the YRC provides a space to explore books. Beyond that, the YRC also offers a wide variety of programming, from story hours and to more specialized educational programming.

The Young Reader’s Center is currently celebrating National Poetry Month—the staff has assembled a fantastic display highlighting children’s poetry. We encourage you to visit the YRC’s webpage, read.gov, for more information. Whitman and other great poets are waiting for you there!

 

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