Pic of the Week: Saturdays at the Young Readers Center

The Young Readers Center in the Library of Congress hosted a series of events Jan. 28 to celebrate its new Saturday hours of operation, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The center, which opened in October 2009, will offer more young people and their families the opportunity to experience the wonders and resources of the nation’s library.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden joins young book lovers to cut the ribbon marking the grand opening of Saturday hours at the Young Readers Center. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden joins young book lovers to cut the ribbon marking the grand opening of Saturday hours at the Young Readers Center. Photo by Shawn Miller.

“It is so important, as the nation’s Library, to grow new scholars and to make the Library and its resources more accessible to Americans of all ages,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said. “I am pleased we can now open the doors of the Young Readers Center on Saturdays to scholars age16 and younger and their parents. This will provide opportunity for many more area and visiting families to experience the Library of Congress together.”

Hayden joined several young visitors in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, as well as a Q & A session with author Meg Medina. Author Erica S. Perl also talked with the young readers, who also participated in arts and crafts, book accessibility demonstrations and a parade.

In addition to the new Saturday hours, the center will add new features including demonstrations of video chat with a shared reader display courtesy of Story Bug from Cricket Media, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped BARD, Dual Vision books (with bilingual capabilities) and other literary media tools.

Pic of the Week: Presidential Inauguration Treasures

The Library is highlighting presidential inauguration history in a temporary display on view through Saturday, Feb. 4 in the rooms known as Mahogany Row, LJ-110 to LJ-113, on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Presidential treasures like the handwritten speeches of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln are featured along with collections on […]

President for a Day

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Trending: The Inauguration Will Not (Just) Be Televised

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Pic of the Week: Congressional Kick-Off

The Library of Congress welcomed new members of Congress and their family families, friends and supporters at events marking the start of the new term of the 115th Congress last week. Five new members of Congress – joined by about 800 guests – held receptions in the Jefferson or Madison buildings: Reps. Anthony Brown (D-Maryland), Tom O’Halleran (D-Arizona), Jamie […]

10 Reasons You Should Want To Be A Junior Fellow

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Pic of the Week: Pulling Strings

Luthier John Montgomery inspects the strings on the 1697 “Castelbarco” cello made by Cremonese master Antonio Stradivari, one of five Stradivari instruments originally donated to the Library by Gertrude Clarke Whittall in 1935. According to her bequest, the instruments would be played from time to time, as they were intended. To that end, she established […]

Pic of the Week: A&E Makes Donation to VHP

Staff from A&E Networks’ HISTORY stopped by the Library this week to donate interviews from some of our nation’s oldest World War II veterans — specifically those who witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor. On the eve of the attack’s anniversary, these stories offer meaningful testimony to the American entry into World War II. These 25 […]

Library in the News: October 2016 Edition

The month of October continued to see the arrival of Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden in the news. Featured on the cover of Library Journal, Hayden sat down with the magazine to outline her vision for the Library. Her underlying agenda, noted reporter Meredith Schwartz, is to “make LC the library of the American people, […]