Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, launched his Reading Without Walls program during a Library of Congress event on April 10. It challenges young people to explore, through books, worlds outside their comfort zone. “Reading is a fantastic way to open your minds and hearts to new people, places and ideas,” said Yang. “Through reading, I’ve met new friends, learned new facts and become a better person.”
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden joined Yang in an informal conversation at the April 10 event, followed by a question-and-answer session with local students. Here Yang shows off his official ambassador medal to students.