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Four-Year-Old Georgia Girl Dons Librarian Title For A Day

What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice,
And everything nice,
That’s what little girls are made of.

So goes an old nursery rhyme, but clearly little 4-year-old Daliyah Marie Arana of Gainesville, Ga., is made up of that and much more.

This 4-year-old Georgia girl’s fascination with books is way beyond her age grade.

She is a voracious reader and digests everything spells books.

She has read over 1,000 books, and as a result was given an opportunity to be “Librarian For the Day” at the Library of Congress recently.

On the day of her visit to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., to take up her position, the four-year-old had a field day.

She met with Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress, who tweeted photos of Daliyah sitting at her desk.

In an interview with the press, Daliyah’s mother reportedly said that her daughter joined Georgia’s “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten,” almost two years ago and started to devour books by reading, thus meeting her goal.

“She was about 2 1/2 when we signed her up for it,” Haleema Arana reportedly said.

“Most of the kids she graduated the program with were a little bit older,” she added.

 Haleema Arana also reported that her daughter was invited to spend the day with the librarian 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,” the mother reportedly said.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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