Thurber House, the nonprofit literary center and museum in downtown Columbus, recently selected Alexa Riddel, a fifth-grade student at Columbus Spanish Immersion Academy, to be part of the 2011 Young Docent program.

Thurber House, the nonprofit literary center and museum in downtown Columbus, recently selected Alexa Riddel, a fifth-grade student at Columbus Spanish Immersion Academy, to be part of the 2011 Young Docent program.

She is one of the 10 fifth- and sixth-grade students chosen annually to participate in the program.

The Young Docentsís responsibilities include giving tours of Thurber House, decorating the house for Halloween and Christmas and performing Thurberís works at the Columbus Arts Festival.

Before being officially accepted into the program, the students attend four Saturday training sessions to learn about James Thurber, his family, his works and the Thurber House and its ghost stories.

More information about the Young Docent program can be found online at www.thurberhouse.org/young-docents.html.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Thurber House opened its doors in 1984 as a nonprofit literary center and museum. It is located in the former home of author and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber.