Inner City Inner Child is excited about the new initiative that launched last month, operated by the D.C. Public Library, but initiated by Councilman Charles Allen. The D.C. program is modeled after the Imagination Library program, launched in Tennessee by Dolly Parton's Foundation, Dollywood. This new initiative provides free books each month to D.C. families with children from birth to five years. ICIC fully supports this program, because it encourages literacy development in the early years, and like ICIC programs, Books From Birth encourages family involvement in children's education. Low literacy continues to be an intractable problem in the District. In 2013, 77% of 4th grade public school students were not reading on grade level. This is an urgent problem, and programs like Books from Birth and Inner City Inner Child are addressing the issue by putting book in children's hands, and training their parent how to use the books to stimulate learning. Parents can register to receive books by going to the D.C. Public Library website, www.dclibrary.orgICIC celebrates this much-needed new initiative!