- A 4-year-old child from Georgia is now gaining fame after having read more than 1,000 books at an early age
- The child was recognized by the U.S. Library of Congress and was given the chance to be a “librarian for the day”
- The preschooler seated at executive meetings and was given a tour of the library during her visit
A preschooler from Gainesville, Georgia is currently gaining fame worldwide after the U.S. Library of Congress (LoC) recognized her passion for literature after having read more than 1,000 books while being only 4 years old.
In an article written by Samantha Schmidt for the Washington Post on January 12, it was mentioned that Daliyah Marie Arana was invited by Dr. Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress, for a chance to become a “librarian for the day”.
Daliyah, who started reading on her own since she was just 2 years and 11 months old, was said to have gained her interest in reading after her mother Haleema Arana read several books to her on a daily basis from the time that she was still in the latter’s womb.
When she was already 18 months old, she began recognizing the words that were frequently read to her and wanted to take over the reading by herself.
“It kind of took off from there. The more words she learned, the more she wanted to read,” Haleema said; noting that the child has now read books that were meant for different levels, including several college-level texts.
During her visit at the LoC, Daliyah was given the opportunity to sit at executive roundtable meetings and walk around the hallways of the building just like any high-profile visitor of the United States’ de facto national library would do, while looking fascinated with what she sees around her,
“She just kept saying how the Library of Congress is her most favorite, favorite, favorite library in the whole wide world,” said Haleema Arana, the mother of Daliyah.
Hayden posted photos of Daliyah’s visit on Twitter, which were retweeted for more than 17,000 times and liked by nearly 40,000 users as of posting.
It was fun to have 4-year-old Daliyah Marie Arana of Gainesville, GA as “Librarian For The Day.” She’s already read more than a 1,000 books. pic.twitter.com/MQfwlUrakO
— Carla Hayden (@LibnOfCongress) January 11, 2017