A 4-year-old Georgia girl Daliyah Marie Arana, honoured as “Librarian For the Day” at the US Library of Congress this week, for reading more than 1000 books.
Daliyah of Gainesville, Ga., with a voracious appetite for reading achieved the feat on Wednesday, when she visited the Library in Washington, D.C., and was subsequently named “Librarian For The Day.”
The Gainesville Times reports that the four-year-old roamed the hallways with Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress, who tweeted photos of the girl sitting in her desk.
Daliyah’s mother told the the Gainesville Times, that her daughter joined Georgia’s “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten,” almost two years ago and started paving her way through books.
“She was about 2 1/2 when we signed her up for it,” Haleema Arana told the Times. “Most of the kids she graduated the program with were a little bit older.”
Haleema Arana told the Washington Post, that her daughter was invited to spend the day with Hayden after she reached out to see if there was any way to enhance Daliyah’s experience at the library.
“She just kept saying how the Library of Congress is her most favorite, favorite, favorite library in the whole wide world,” Haleema Arana told the Washington Post.
Her family is hoping to partner with the library to allow Daliyah to become “the youngest librarian for a day.” Haleema Arana said she would love for 1,000 new children — one for every book Daliyah read — to visit the library and sign up for a library card.
Reading has improved Daliyah’s spoken abilities, as well. While her voice squeaks like the average 4-year-old, her language is vastly more mature.