WASHINGTON (WDVM) – The DC Public Library Foundation received the largest donation in history from Jeff Bezos, founder and executive chairman of Amazon. The donation totaling $ 2.7 million will go to the library’s Beyond the Book program.
The Beyond the Book program is an extension of the Books from Birth program for children up to the age of five. Over the past few years, parents have shared their concerns with the library about what will come next for their children, who have received a new book every month until they are five years old.
The Beyond the Book program provides children and families with more books, family literacy programs, and kindergarten transition support.
âDecades of research show that early childhood is a critical time for brain development, and the support provided by programs like Beyond the Book gives underserved children a boost during this critical stage of life,â he said. said Bezos. âThank you to the DC Public Library Foundation for your 35 years of investing in the children of the Nation’s Capital. Families in the community are grateful for your impact. “
The program’s recruitment for Beyond the Book will be open to all children in DC, with a focus on side libraries located throughout the District of Columbia, in neighborhoods with a high percentage of low-income households, or in neighborhoods. surrounding schools with low levels of academic achievement.
Library directors expect the money to last five years for the program.