October 31, 2017 (REVISED November 2, 2017) Families Are Invited to Spend the Holidays with the Library

Press Contact: Bryonna Head (202) 707-3073
Public Contact: Visitor Services Office (202) 707-8000
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov

The Library of Congress wants to be included in everyone’s family holiday plans. Over the next few weeks, the Library will be hosting events suitable for learners of all ages.

The holiday events are the latest in expanded programming at the Library. Since being sworn in last September, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has opened the Librarian’s Ceremonial Office to visitors, expanded hours at the Young Readers Center to include Saturdays and introduced culturally themed pop-up exhibitions.

The family programming spans several federal holidays. The list of events includes:

Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 10 Observance 

The Jefferson Building Great Hall and exhibitions will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All reading rooms and the Madison and Adams Buildings will be closed to the public.

Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11

The Great Hall, exhibitions and the Library Shop in the Jefferson Building and all reading rooms, regularly open Saturdays, will be open to the public under normal hours of operations.

Actor Douglas Taurel will draw directly from Irving Greenwald's WWI Diary, held in the collections of the Veterans History Project and currently on display in the exhibition Echoes of the Great War, for a live reenactment performance of life during the First World War at 11 a.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Free tickets are available via Eventbrite, but are not required.

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., visit the Young Readers Center on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building for a letter-writing activity to active duty service personnel and examine objects a World War I soldier needed on the front in our hands-on cart.


Puppet Show
On Friday, Nov. 24 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. The Library’s Young Readers Center is hosting its Fifth annual post-Thanksgiving puppet show and puppet-making workshop. There will be an adaptation of three stories by children’s author Ashley Bryan — “The Story of Lightning and Thunder,” “Beautiful Blackbird” and “The Dancing Granny.” Each show runs 30-40 minutes. The puppets will lead an exuberant parade from the Young Readers Center to the Whittall Pavilion, where the shows will take place. Hands-on puppet-making workshops will follow in the Young Readers Center. This program is suitable for children ages 4 and up. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Family Tour
Saturday, Nov. 25, at 10 a.m. Library docents will lead a tour of the Library designed for elementary children (ages 6 to 12) accompanied by an adult. Up to 25 participants per tour (including adults) on a first-come, first-served basis. Tour leaves promptly from the Jefferson ground floor center information desk. Visitors can check in at the ground floor information desk for availability from 9:30 a.m. on.

Visiting the Library for Kids and Families

Young Readers Center
Open a book and you open the door to a new world. The Young Readers Center (Room LJ-G29), a place designed especially for young people, welcomes children, teens and adults. Here you can bring your child to read books or participate in activities. The Center is open Mon. through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Story time takes place every Friday at 10:30 a.m. Contact the Young Readers Center via telephone at (202) 707-1950 or by e-mail at yrc@loc.gov.

Activity Sheets
Families with young children are invited to print these activities and bring them to complete during their visit to the Library.

Hidden Animals in the Thomas Jefferson Building (PDF, 192KB)

Counting at the Library (PDF, 1.20MB)

Those interested in supporting free programs at the Library can contact devofc@loc.gov.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States - and extensive materials from around the world - both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.


PR 17-164
ISSN 0731-3527