Not only did 4-year-old Daliyah Marie Arana read her first book a month before her third birthday, but since that day she's already devoured well over 1,000 titles. And this week, the impressive preschool student was treated to a very special honor—she was made "Librarian for the Day" at the Library of Congress.
It all started when her mother reached out to the iconic institution and shared the amazing story of her little girl, who was recognizing words in books that her mother read to her at just 18 months old. The library responded, and invited Daliyah to spend the day with Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress. And to say the child was thrilled would be an understatement.
Dressed in a bright pink peplum dress, matching hair bow, and black Mary Jane shoes, the Gainesville, Ga., native not only looked the part of a young professional, but acted like one too. She spent her tenure in the world's largest library walking the halls, becoming familiar with the impressive collection, and sitting in on executive roundtable meetings.
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Hayden, who became the first woman and the first African American to run the nation’s library this year, tweeted photos from Daliyah's visit on her official account, writing: "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."