Washington, DC


“When: Thursday, Oct. 1 from 6-9pm
Where: Ben’s Next Door on U Street NW [1213 U St, NW]
What: A Book Swap!—attendees are asked to bring a book (in good condition) that they will swap with another book at the event. Tickets are $10 and get you one complimentary drink and access to happy hour deals throughout the event. Ben’s will be donating $1 from every food and drink sale directly to Room to Read. It’s a great opportunity to meet fellow young DC professionals who are interested in literacy and girls’ education and get a new book while you’re at it! Raffle tickets will be available for purchase with the chance to win gift cards to Ben’s Chili Bowl, gift cards to Solly’s on U Street, fun book-related swag and more!
How to get tickets: Tickets can be bought in advance here. The first 40 registrants through Eventbrite will get a free copy of Judy Smith’s (the real life Olivia Pope) book! Tickets can be purchased with cash or credit card at the door as well.

Info on what Room to Read is all about

Room to Read, founded in 2001, believes that world change starts with educated children and that the best way to create long-term systemic change in the developing world is through literacy and gender equality in education. It focuses on literacy as the foundation of all other learning by developing reading skills and the habit of reading among primary-school children. To achieve this goal, Room to Read increases access to culturally relevant, age-appropriate reading materials; increases the effectiveness of instructors teaching literacy skills; and improves the existing school environment so that it is more conducive to learning. The organization also aims to equalize the educational experience for girls by supporting them in completing secondary school with the academic and life skills necessary to succeed in school and beyond. Room to Read’s service area is Africa and Southeast Asia. Last year the organization won the David M. Rubinstein prize from the Library of Congress which recognizes organizations doing exceptional work in the area of literacy.”


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