B21-34, Books from Birth Establishment Amendment Act of 2015


Early Education Literacy


Thursday, March 19, 2015

2:30 p.m., Hearing Room 412, John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20004

Councilmember David Grosso announces the scheduling of a public hearing of the Committee on Education on B21-34, the Books from Birth Establishment Amendment Act of 2015 and early education literacy. The hearing will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2015 in Hearing Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building.

The stated purpose of B21-34 is to establish a new program in the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) that would provide for each registered child to receive one book per month from the time of birth or registration until the age of five. The Executive Director of DCPL would be tasked with registering children under the age of five and administering the program.

Those who wish to testify are asked to telephone the Committee on Education, at (202) 724-8061, or email Ade Adenariwo, Administrative Assistant, at, and provide their name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Tuesday, March 17, 2015.  Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony.  Witnesses appearing on his or her own behalf should limit their testimony to three minutes; witnesses representing organizations should limit their testimony to five minutes.  A copy of B21-34 can be obtained through the Legislative Services Division of the Secretary of the Council’s office or on

If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record.  Written statements should be submitted to the Committee on Education, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 116 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004.  The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on April 2, 2015.