Millions of people flooded Washington, D.C. this weekend to catch a glimpse of our new President and take part in inauguration celebrations across the city – and First Book was no exception. I was fortunate to attend the “Every Child Matters” Children’s Inaugural Ball on behalf of First Book. It was a Sunday afternoon, family affair, and no tuxedos were required (which came as a relief to yours truly).
First Book had a booth in the story time/puppet show room where we encouraged children and parents to leave their mark on literacy by signing and writing notes in a book that we will be presenting to the first family at a later date.
We talked to folks from the D.C. area, and others that had traveled across the country to be there, more than a few PTA moms and others who were excited to bring First Book back to their organizations. There were a few celebrity sightings (but no Sasha and Malia!). We were thrilled when Debbie Phelps (mother of Olympic superstar Michael Phelps) stopped by the booth after her dramatic reading of Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? She is active in raising awareness of ADHD among children and was interested to learn more about First Book.
As part of our participation in the event and the signatures collected, First Book will donate 2,000 books to a local D.C. organization in celebration of this historic event!