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15,000 New Books on the National Mall, Plus Celebrities, Cabinet Secretaries and Cute Kids

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On Saturday, volunteers from across the country joined First Book on the National Mall in Washington DC to celebrate President Obama’s National Day of Service by providing 15,000 brand-new books to DC-area children from low-income families. Click here to see

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Book Distributions, Books & Reading, First Book Events, First Book Partners, KPMG, Virtual Book Drives, Volunteers

First Book Wants You!

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Does your job involve getting books to kids? IT TOTALLY COULD. We need hard-working, talented people to join us at First Book! We’re looking for … entrepreneurs with a passion for our mission, a wide range of talents and superior

Posted in Books & Reading

Matt Damon (and his Mom) Sticks Up for Teachers

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A teacher wants to teach. I mean, why else would you take a @#$%^& salary and really long hours and do that job unless you really love to do it? — Matt Damon Lots of people have been sending us

Posted in Education, Teachers, Video

JetBlue and PBS KIDS Soar with Reading!

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JetBlue crewmembers, PBS KIDS host Mr. Steve and PBS KIDS Characters Hooper and Super Why! touched down at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library this week to encourage children to keep reading over the summer. This summer, JetBlue and PBS KIDS launched

Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Partners

Summer Reading: How to Keep Low-Income Students from Falling Behind

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Today’s guest blogger is Cary Hanson, the librarian at Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School in Washington D.C. Summer break is approaching … and soon summer reading lists will pop up in classrooms and libraries across the country. As

Posted in Books & Reading, Guest Blog Posts, Literacy Links and Articles, Teachers

Welcome to Summer! First Book Drops 150,000 Books on the National Mall

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Tuesday marks the first day of summer, and to celebrate their annual Day of Action, the United Way will be marshaling an army of volunteers to assemble summer reading backpacks for 50,000 elementary school kids from low-income communities. First Book

Posted in Book Distributions, Volunteers

D.C. Kids Get New Books from First Book

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First Book distributes new books (80 million and counting) to kids from low-income communities all over the U.S. and Canada, but we do have a special place in our heart for schools and programs in Washington D.C. Not only are

Posted in Book Recipients, Teachers

Social Entrepreneurship: From Vision to Action

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I was thrilled to recently join other social entrepreneurs speaking with a group of 63 Fulbright Scholars from 47 countries around the world.  The US Department of State brought the Fulbright Enrichment Seminar participants to Washington to explore social entrepreneurship in the areas of environmental sustainability,

Posted in First Book Events, General, Marketplace, Social Entrepreneurship

John Updike on Art, America, and the “Clarity of Things”

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Washington D.C. loves the chance to remind everyone that it’s not just a political town. Once a year, D.C.’s literati get dressed up, bring on the President’s own Marine Corps Band, and silence their Blackberrys for an hour or so

Posted in Books & Reading