This past Monday the Library of Congress opened its famous Main Reading Room to the public. The Library opens the Main Reading Room twice a year as a way of encouraging the public to visit The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with more than 147 million items on 838 miles of bookshelves. When most people hear the word “library” they think of endless stacks of books, maybe a little dust and not much fun. But, as someone who has visited the Library of Congress on numerous occasions, I can tell you that it is anything but dusty and boring! It is a fascinating place to learn about, and experience the richness of our country’s history.
Aside from the books, there are exhibitions, concerts and programs for children. I recently participated in its Let’s Travel the World Through Books, storytelling event. Kids from the DC Metropolitan area gathered to discuss their favorite books and listen to stories and music. The Library also has a Young Readers Center, which is especially designed to encourage children and teens to explore the Library. The Library of Congress has so many wonderful things to offer. If you haven’t been, you should definitely put it on your to do list the next time you visit D.C.!
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