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Preschooler Who Read Over 1,000 Books Receives Honorary Librarian Status

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Your kid likely loves books enough to request an extra one every night. That is totally reasonable when you compare them to 4-year-old Daliyah Marie Arana. This past week the precocious toddler served as “Librarian For The Day” at the Library Of Congress after reading over 1,000 books before preschool. Which begs the question: When the hell is her bed time?!

Arana’s parents started her early. They signed her up for a Georgia Public Library literacy program when she was just 2-and-a-half years old.  She “allegedly” completed the program (called 1,000 Books B4 Kindergarten) back in October. That said, it is based on an honor system. However, if you’re still skeptical of Arana’s genius, she proves to have at least a college literacy level for her age. Check her out reading a William Lyon Phelps speech on YouTube. Hearing her say books are “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” should quell most conspiracy theories.

When Arana originally reached the 1,000 mark, she told her parents she wanted to be a librarian — not just when she grows up, but as soon as possible. Now that Carla Hayden, the current Librarian Of Congress, has that covered, it frees little Arana up for more important careers, such as being a kid … And maybe the first female president? Just 31 more years, people.

[H/T] Slate