President Barack Obama will arrive at a public library in one of the D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods on Thursday afternoon to speak on a new initiative to allow low-income children free access to over 10,000 e-books. The White House has been working along side libraries and book publishers as a strategy to address the need to increase access to educational opportunities for children in D.C.
Jeff Zients, one of Obama’s top economic advisers, stated part of the strategy requires children having access to computers and electronic reading devices. Moreover, they previously announced future programs to put in place high-speed Internet connections and services in libraries and schools in low-income areas around the District. This plan currently has $250 million in e-book commitments from publishers and with fiscal help from the private sector, including a $100 million pledge from Apple.
Zients stated to reporters that the federal government needs to consider what opportunities are available in every community. Obama has pledged to focus on low-income neighborhoods and putting in place better access to educational materials.
By Alex Lemieux
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