Homewood Suites’ mascot and star of their own book series, Lewis the Duck, welcomes children at the opening of Homewood Suites by Hilton first Books for Kids library in Washington, D.C. The library is the second the hotel brand will open over the next several years as they help the Books for Kids expand nationally. Credit: Homewood Suites by Hilton.

MCLEAN, Va. - Yesterday, a new, first-of-its-kind library opened in Washington, DC as the result of a partnership between Homewood Suites by Hilton and early childhood education advocacy group Books for Kids.  The Homewood Books for Kids library, built in the E C Mazique Parent Child Center, will ensure that all at-risk preschoolers served by the Head Start/Early Head Start program have access to brand new books, reading programs and other educational tools that serve as key building blocks for early literacy skills. 

"Opening our second library in the D.C. area gives us a great opportunity to put the spotlight on the childhood literacy cause; a significant national issue," said Bill Duncan, global head of brand management, Homewood Suites by Hilton.  "The Homewood Suites family is committed to help generate awareness, and do everything in our power to support those leading the way for the cause like our friends at Books for Kids, the E C Mazique Parent Child Center and Head Start." 

Books for Kids efforts include taking over unused rooms in existing venues in low income neighborhoods, and transforming them into a magical educational environment filled with thousands of books and fun opportunities for learning.

The Homewood Suites brand team has been working closely with the Center and Books for Kids in the complete renovation of the space which previously served as an unused classroom.  Included in the refurbishment of the room are the addition of a wall and the complete transformation of the space with child-like duck benches, reading forts, rainbows, and Leap Frog learning centers, resulting in a truly magical educational environment.  Homewood Suites team members arrived prior to the start of the event to stock approximately 1,000 new books and put the finishing touches on the library. 

Bill Duncan was joined by Hilton Worldwide's President of Global Brands & Commercial Services, Paul Brown; Executive Director of Books for Kids, Shawna Doster; Executive Director of the National Head Start Association, Yasmina Vinci; and E C Mazique Parent Child Center Director, Almeta Keys for the official ribbon cutting ceremony. 

The D.C. opening is the second in a line of Books for Kids libraries that Homewood Suites will open over the next several years, as the Memphis-based extended stay hotel brand helps the organization expand nationally. 

Brad Carmony
Director, Brand Public Relations
(901) 374-6518

About Books for Kids
To date, Books for Kids has opened 65 libraries in the New York Tri-State area stocking approximately 25,000 books and giving away another 5 million.  The organization's mission is to provide the resources preschool-aged children and their families need to build a solid foundation for learning and competing academically with their peers.  For more information visit www.booksforkids.org

About Homewood Suites by Hilton
Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton’s upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand with more than 455 locations in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, is an award-winning leader. The first choice for guests seeking comfortable accommodations when traveling for an extended or quick overnight stay, Homewood Suites offers inviting, generous suites featuring separate living and sleeping areas, and fully-equipped kitchens with full-size refrigerators. Additional value-driven essentials include: complimentary internet, a daily full hot breakfast, and complimentary evening socials every Monday - Thursday. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi, and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app. Homewood Suites is focused on guest satisfaction and stands behind each stay with its 100% Suite Assurance® guarantee. For more information on the extended-stay advantage, visit www.homewoodsuites.com or news.homewoodsuites.com.

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