January 21, 2022

DC Public Library Formally Launching “Books From Birth” Program Today

From DCist:

2016-02-04_10-02-41D.C. Public Library will launch the Books From Birth program tomorrow [February 4, 2015). Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, and D.C. Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan are expected to attend.


The library doesn’t want the books back when kids are finished, either. If children don’t want to keep the books after reading, they can give them to friends or to strangers using one of the library’s preferred donation methods.

Direct to Books From Birth Program Web Page

Direct to Books From Birth FAQ (5 pages; PDF)

As long as your children are under the age of 5 and live in Washington, D.C., they are eligible for the program. Regardless of the amount of eligible children in your household, every eligible child will receive their own book each month. To register more than one child, simply repeat the resitration process by filling out the form again and include the information for the child you have yet to register.

Children will receive books that are appropriate for their age. Books are selected by professionals who choose books that reflect a diversity of people and cultures, and that promote self-esteem and a love of reading.

At this time we are not able to offer bi-lingual English/Spanish or Spanish language books through the Books from Birth program. The DC Public Library has a wonderful selection of Spanish-language children’s books in our collection; we invite you to enjoy the recommendations on this list, explore our catalog, and connect with your neighborhood librarian to discover more.

See Also: St. Louis County Library’s New “Born to Read” Will Give Free Books to Newborns and Parents (December 29, 2014)

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