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“Books from Birth, a free book each month from birth until five.”

by Prince Of Petworth February 1, 2016 at 3:00 pm 6 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Erin

This is pretty great – from DC Public Library:

“Even at an early age, reading to young children is the best thing you can do to put them on a path to success. Your kids pick up new words, have fun while they learn, and develop skills they will need later in school.

DC Public Library wants to make reading with your child fun and easy. That’s why the Library is launching Books from Birth, a program that mails all enrolled kids in D.C. a free book each month from birth until they turn five.

Parents. You must register for this program in order to receive free books for your child. REGISTER HERE.

Registration is now open to parents and caregivers. Books from Birth will officially launch in early February with an announcement from Mayor Bowser and the DC Council. More details on the program will be released at that time.

For more details about the Books From Birth program, please see our Frequently Asked Questions. If you need further assistance, feel free to contact us.

  • AnonV2

    This is very cool! Go Dollywood!

    • textdoc

      Dollywood? What’s the connection?

  • Cam

    Dolly Parton started a similar program giving free books each month to every child born in her home state of Tennessee. I thought it lasted from birth to the child’s first birthday, but perhaps it has expanded both in duration and in geographic reach? http://usa.imaginationlibrary.com/

    • K

      They expanded the Dolly Parton charity a few years ago. My youngest has been signed up for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for about a year now. We recieve a book in the mail on a regular basis and they’ve all been really good books for our 2 year old. Great charity and I’m glad they are the group doing the DC program.

  • Anonymous

    This is great. I had a similar idea. Once a kid is born in DC (or moves to DC) let parent(s) sign up to be e-mailed a daily story to read to / with a child. Tablets are now inexpensive and if you don’t have wifi in home you can download at a place with free wifi during the day.

  • anon12

    This is really great. Let’s just hope the kids that could really use these books have someone sign them up.


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