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National Read a Book Day

This week, Mayor Bowser joined students and educators to celebrate National Read a Book Day with a visit to Friendship Ideal Elementary and Middle School. During the visit, the Mayor participated in a second-grade story time and encouraged students to take advantage of DC Public Library resources.

The good news: it is never too late to celebrate National Read a Book Day. In fact, September is also National Library Card Sign-Up Month. Anyone who lives, works, pays property taxes or attends school in the District is eligible to get a free library card, without worry of fines or fees. Visit a library or go to to get yours today.

Additionally, the DC Public Library has a range of programming that supports early literacy, including: 

  • The Sing, Talk & Read (STAR) Books from Birth program, which mails quality children’s books each month to children under 5; and
  • Beyond the Book, a literacy program that focuses on building a love of reading in children from kindergarten to third grade through engaging educational activities and library events focused on a selected book each quarter.

Families are encouraged to explore these programs and all the DC Public Library has to offer, including homework help, by visiting

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