Library Leaders Celebrate Bezos $2.7 Million Donation to DC Public Library’s Developing Reader Program

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Library Leaders Celebrate Bezos $2.7 Million Donation to DC Public Library’s Developing Reader Program

The DC Public Library Foundation (DCPLF) has received a $2.7 Million donation from Jeff Bezos, founder and executive chair of Amazon, to expand the DC Public Library’s developing reader program, Beyond the Book. Bezos’ donation is the largest received by the DC Public Library Foundation in its 35-year history.

"It is with tremendous gratitude and celebration that the Board of Library Trustees acknowledges this generous gift from Mr. Bezos,” said Monte Monash, chair of the Board of Library Trustees. "DC youth ages 5-8, in all Wards, will directly benefit by receiving learning and reading resources. Now more than ever, as we emerge from the pandemic, our youth will be connected to libraries and the wonderment of learning beyond books."

“I am thrilled that Mr. Bezos is supporting the District’s children with such a generous donation to the DC Public Library Foundation,” said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director of the DC Public Library. “The gift will help the Library better serve our youngest students as they become independent readers and thinkers.”
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