Press Release: President Obama Announces Open eBooks and ConnectED Library Challenge
"With this initiative President Obama acknowledges the powerful role libraries play in leveling the digital divide and empowering kids to dream big," said Maura Marx, Acting Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. "We're thrilled to spotlight the work America's 16,500 public libraries do every day to inspire people of all ages to live better lives through learning and discovery.
This ground-breaking work came together through the dedicated efforts of our partners: the American Library Association, the Digital Public Library of America, First Book, the New York Public Library and the Urban Libraries Council. These organizations are passionate about providing learning opportunities for all kids, and IMLS is proud to help make these efforts a reality."
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