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May 8, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Nicholas Brown

(240) 687-5911

Nicholas.Brown@pgcmls.info

Share the Gift of Free Books from Birth

PGCMLS Supports Early Literacy with Online Resources and Virtual Programs

Largo, MD – The Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) is committed to advancing early literacy and kindergarten readiness for all Prince Georgians. One of the primary programs that supports early literacy is Books from Birth, a partnership between the Library and program Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library designed to get books into the homes and hands of every young child in Prince George’s County. Families can register their children to receive a free book (to keep!) every month by mail to build their home library. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and PGCMLS have provided 15,919 Prince George's County children with 239,218 free books over the past three years. 

Registration currently open and Books from Birth deliveries are taking place throughout the public health emergency. After registering, children will receive a free book in the mail every month until their 5th birthday. It's that easy!

With support from County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, the Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) is leading the charge in promoting kindergarten readiness, helping children excel in their early education. The Library also offers daily live virtual programs (Monday-Saturday) and on demand content through 85+ online resources to complement Books from Birth and maximize early literacy opportunities for children in Prince George’s County.

  • Live Virtual Read-Aloud | Weekdays at 10 am
  • Storytime on Screen with Old Greenbelt Theatre | Second/Fourth Mondays at 10:30 am
  • Biblioniños: Cuentos para niños (Spanish) | Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 am
  • Bilingual Live Virtual Read-Aloud (English/Spanish) | Saturdays at 9:30 am
  • Storytelling with ASL | Saturdays at 10:30 am

Visit pgcmls.info/virtual-events for direct links

Families can register for a free virtual library card at pgcmls.info. Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) students may access the Library’s free online resources with their LINK card number. No separate library card is required for PGCPS students. Customers can request card renewals online during the closure. Spanish card registration is available at pgcmls.info/su-biblioteca.

About Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) helps customers discover and define opportunities that shape their lives. The Library serves the 915,000+ residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland through 19 branch libraries, a 24/7 online library, and pop-up services throughout the community. PGCMLS is a responsive and trusted community-driven organization. Programs, services, and outreach activities serve booklovers, immigrants and refugees, job seekers, children, young professionals, seniors, and families alike. The Books from Birth and Ready 2 Read programs make the Library the primary source of early literacy education and Kindergarten readiness programs in the County.

PGCMLS’ robust online offerings include curated content collections for kids, teens, educators, Spanish speakers, and more. Special programs include the D.R.E.A.M. Lab, STEM Pals, and 3D printing, which offer teens and lifelong learners with opportunities to learn cutting-edge technology and STEM skills for job readiness or personal enrichment. The Library’s Laurel Branch Library received the 2018 AIA/ALA Library Building Award and was designated the best new public building in Maryland.