Taking the littles for a day trip to DC just got more fun — thanks to the Library of Congress!

For six months, from March through August, the Library’s Young Readers Center will host a FREE story time on the last Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building. The program is launched in partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Unlike weekly Friday Story Times in the Young Readers Center, tickets are not required for this event.  Each story time will feature a reading of a book for children up to age 5, music and special guests. 

If you can’t make it to the Great Hall, you can catch the fun online! Each program will be livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/libraryofcongress and its YouTube site (with captions) at youtube.com/LibraryOfCongress.

Not familiar with Imagination Library? Parton’s organization mails free books to children from birth to age 5 in participating communities within the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Dolly Parton presented the 100 millionth book it has given away to the Library of Congress today, in a presentation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.

“I always like to say that 100 million books have led to 100 million stories,” Parton said in a press release.  “I am so honored that our little program is now grown to such a point that we can partner with the Library of Congress to bring even more stories to children across the country.”

The Library of Congress’ Great Hall is located at 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. You can find out more information about the program here


Image courtesy of Carla Hayden’s Twitter Account.