After speaking to congressional staff about prematurity last week, my family decided to play tourist. My preemie, husband, and I visited the mother of all libraries -- The Library of Congress.
We wondered around the ornately decorated hallways and discovered a unique and somewhat hidden treasure -- The Young Readers Center in the Room G29 of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Are you aware of this special gem?
Although I lived and worked on Capitol Hill for more than a dozen years, I had never heard a peep about The Young Readers Center. The Center has a huge collection of current and classic books, which can be read onsite. Adults are also encouraged to read aloud to their children from the selection of books. Puppets and other toys are available for children to play with.
The Center was so incredible that I told my husband that we should move back into the city so that we can access the children's section on a more regular basis. There's a fat chance we'll ever move. Nevertheless, I can't wait to return to the Young Readers Center.
The Center offers story time for limited number infants and toddlers every Friday (except holidays) starting at 10:30 a.m.
I left a copy of "Bentley's Preemie Blessing" for consideration for inclusion in their children's section. Hopefully, the book will benefit some other preemie parents.