DC -- Library of Congress -- Exhibit (Agile): Young Readers Center (YRC):
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LOCYRC_141220_02.JPG: Welcome to the Young Readers Center (YRC)
Founded in 2009 and part of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, the YRC serves children and youth through age 16 who are accompanied by an adult with a noncirculating collection of over 5,000 books.
Just one floor down and around the corner (G29), the center is open Monday-Friday (and some holidays) from 9:00am to 4:30pm, with games, puzzles, crafts, and cozy places where children can read or have someone read to them.
LOCYRC_141220_06.JPG: When the YRC first opened, the Librarian of Congress, Dr. James H. Billington, donated "The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My," a children's book by Finnish author/illustrator Tove Jansson originally published in Swedish in 1952.
LOCYRC_141220_08.JPG: Every Friday Morning:
The YRC hosts programs for children of all ages. Every Friday morning we welcome infants and toddlers to a half-hour story time. In 2013 Dr. Jill Biden and her granddaughter, Natalie, read from the book they had written together, "Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops," to 400 children, parents and teachers in the Library's Coolidge Auditorium.
LOCYRC_141220_10.JPG: Accessibility for All:
The YRC has many different kinds of books, including special ones for children who are blind or visually impaired. "A Picture Book of Louis Braille" by David A. Adler, which tells the story of the French inventor of braille, is a twin-vision book printed in text and braille.
"Dad, Jackie, and Me" by Myron Uhlberg, also in twin-vision, was produced in braille for the Library of Congress's National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in 2006.
LOCYRC_141220_22.JPG: Authors Reading to Children:
The YRC invites authors to the Library of Congress to read their view books to school children and their educators. For example, in 2014 Jeff Kinney read from his "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series, Jarrett J. Krosoczka read from his "Lunch Lady" series, and author Renee Watson introduced "Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills."
LOCYRC_141220_30.JPG: Puppet Theater:
The YRC puppet theater is a popular place for young visitors to use their own imagination and creativity. On special occasions the tables are turned and children become the audience, as occurred on the day after Thanksgiving in 2014, when volunteers and staff performed a rendition of Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are." Max wears a hand made crown and wolf suit designed by a volunteer puppeteer.
LOCYRC_141220_34.JPG: Pop-up Books;
Pop-up books tell stories with words and illustrations that become three-dimensional images when the pages open.
LOCYRC_141220_38.JPG: Books Help Children Make Connections to Their World:
The YRC offers a range of books for all ages, in different genres and formats. Examples include the advance reader's copy (ARC) of the novel "Dearest" by Althea Kontis, which is in the Teen Room prior to its 2015 publication date, and graphic novelist Gareth Hinds' interpretation of Shakespeare's classic play "Romeo and Juliet." In addition, books from many countries are available in different languages.
LOCYRC_141220_40.JPG: Many Topics:
YRC book displays reflect many topics. "Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America" by Andrea Davis Pinkney, with paintings by her husband Brian Pinkney, reflects a civil rights exhibit in the Library. The late Walter Dean Myers ("Hoops") and Kate DiCamillo ("Flora & Ulysses") are former and current Ambassadors for Young People's Literature. Author Lois Lowry previewed a clip from the film, "The Giver," and discussed the adaptation from her book of the same name at the Jonah Solkoff Eskin Memorial Lecture in the spring of 2014.
LOCYRC_141220_47.JPG: The YRC fosters interactivity with books. A teacher visiting from New South Wales, Australia, brought "Flat Stanley" pictures to his third-grade students, who in turn sent their own ideas back to the YRC. Children attending the 2014 National Book Festival were invited to send their favorite literary memories to the YRC for display.
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2014 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used my Fuji XS-1 camera but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
three Civil War Trust conferences (Winchester, VA, Nashville, TN, and Atlanta, GA),
Michigan to visit mom in the hospice before she died and then a return trip after she died, and
my 9th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City, Sacramento, Oakland, and Los Angeles).
Ego strokes: Paul Dickson used one of my photos as the author photo in his book "Aphorisms: Words Wrought by Writers".
Number of photos taken this year: just over 470,000.