- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials in Washington are launching a program that will provide a free book every month children under the age of five.

Officials launched the new literacy initiative, “Books from Birth,” on Thursday. Children enrolled in the program will get a free book every month by mail.

DC Public Library spokesman George Williams says the city has set aside about $450,000 in funding for the program’s first year, about $140,000 of which will cover the cost of two employees. The remaining money will be spent on books, marketing and materials. Williams says that about 40,000 children under the age of 5 live in the city. The program currently has about 3,000 children enrolled.

To sign up for the program, residents can visit: https://dclibrary.org/freebooks or email [email protected]

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