Young Readers Center

Open a book and you open the door to a new world. The Library of Congress welcomes children, teens and adults to the Young Readers Center, a place especially designed for young people.

Young Readers Center Events and Activities for 2015

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

  • Jan. 5: The Young Readers Center will open at 1 p.m. following the conclusion of a private event.
  • 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.

Story Time for Infants and Toddlers at the Young Readers Center

The Young Readers Center (Jefferson Building, Room G29) will continue to offer Story Time for infants and toddlers every Friday (except holidays) starting at 10:30 a.m.

NOTE: Due to an occupancy review of the Center by the Library of Congress Safety Services Office, we are required to limit the number of participating children and adults to 50. Free admission stickers will be distributed on a first-come, first- served basis beginning at 10 a.m.

Thank you for understanding and we look forward to your participation.

Please check this website or call the YRC at 202-707-1950 for any changes to this schedule.

Books in the Young Readers Center

Young people are encouraged to explore the center’s library of current and classic books, which can be read onsite. Adults can also read aloud to their children from a selection of preschool-appropriate books by the nation’s best authors and illustrators. This collection of books is noncirculating, and readers are encouraged to check with their school and local public libraries for copies that they can borrow and enjoy at home to complete their reading.

Internet Access

Parents and caregivers can safely explore the Internet at one of two stations in the Young Readers Center. These two computers only access kid-friendly websites is the Center for the Book’s new website for readers of all ages. The site offers pages specifically designed for kids and teens, as well as adults, educators and parents. A special feature of the site is an exclusive story, called “The Exquisite Corpse Adventure.”


National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
In 2008 the Library named its first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. The position was created to raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people. During the two-year term, the National Ambassador travels the country to promote the importance of reading by young people. The program is administered in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council.

Books & Beyond for Young People
The center is a place where visiting authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults can discuss their work, and audiences will be able to meet and ask questions of their favorite authors. These authors and artists will make presentations as part of the Books & Beyond author series of the Center for the Book.

Educational Programming
The Young Readers Center offers programs that interpret the Library’s online materials for young readers and their educators. Readers can learn how to use the Library’s millions of online primary sources in their studies, and teachers can learn how to incorporate these materials in their classroom presentations.

Specialized Programming
The Young Readers Center is eager to tailor programs to accommodate special requests. If your classroom or organization would like to visit the center on a specific date, staff will do its best to accommodate your needs and interests. Call the Young Readers Center at (202) 707-1950.

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

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

(202) 707-1950