4-year-old who has read 1,000 books named ‘Librarian for the Day’ at Library of Congress

via @LibnOfCongress

Daliyah Maria Arana, a 4-year-old bibliophile from Georgia who has already read 1,000 books, was right at home as “Librarian for the Day” at the Library of Congress.

Daliyah shadowed Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on Thursday.


“She just kept saying how the Library of Congress is her most favorite, favorite, favorite library in the whole wide world,” Daliyah’s mother, Haleema Arana, told the Washington Post.

Daliyah read her first book on her own at 2 years, 11 months old. Since then, she has read more than 1,000 books through the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Having already met the goal, she wants to reach 1,500 books by the time she actually starts kindergarten in the fall.

Haleema Arana reached out to the Library of Congress to try to make the visit happen.

The library responded. And on Thursday, Daliyah was shadowing Hayden, meeting library staff, sitting in on executive meetings and making suggestions for additions to the library. She suggested the library add whiteboards in the library hallways so kids could practice writing.

Hayden tweeted photos of the two of them from the day — in one, she and Daliyah are walking together, both with their hands rested behind their backs, the four-year-old looking up at Hayden in awe.


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