Four-Year-Old Who Read 1000 Books Gets an Epic Gig In Washington

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden welcomes 4-year-old Daliyah Marie Arana of Gainesville, Georgia to be "Librarian for the Day," January 10, 2017. (Photos: Shawn Miller/Library of Congress)

Four-Year-Old Who Read 1000 Books Gets an Epic Gig In Washington

Daliyah Arana is ready to run the world.

Published January 16, 2017

Donald Trump’s about to become president and it’s making us think about who could replace him.

While she’s too young to assume the presidency in four or eight years, Daliyah Arana may become the nation’s most powerful person someday.

At four years old, the Gainesville, Georgia native has already read more than 1,000 books and, even more recently became the Library of Congress’ first-ever Librarian for the Day.

So much for those innocent toddler years huh? Daliyah had already been an honorary librarian at her local library and read her first book at the age of 2. Her mother Haleema signed her up for the 1,000 books Before Kindergarten Program to keep track of how many books she was reading.

(Photo: Shawn Miller/Library of Congress)
(Photo: Shawn Miller/Library of Congress)

“I thought, why not enhance her experience and get her in the largest library in the world?” Haleema told BuzzFeed. “I sent an email explaining her accomplishments; she’d already been on the local news and in our local newspaper. They responded right away and invited us all.”

During Daliyah’s two-hour visit to the Library of Congress she met Dr. Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress, who let her sit at her desk. The two then went on a tour together and discussed books.


Looks like Daliyah Arana will be taking the SAT next year. JK. Well, maybe not.

Check out photos of what went down here and watch a video of Daliyah Arana reading below.

Written by Paul Meara

(Photos: Shawn Miller/Library of Congress)


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