“The most powerful engine for learning is between your ears.” – President Obama
President Obama dropped in to the Anacostia Neighborhood Public Library today in Washington, D.C. to join a “virtual field trip” with students across the country to talk about the power of reading and the importance of preparing for a higher education.
Every child deserves the chance to learn and thrive in an environment that is enriched with the latest technology that will connect our future leaders to the information they need to succeed. Today, the President announced two new efforts to expand those opportunities: new #BooksForAll commitments, and the ConnectED Library Challenge. Major publishers are joining together to provide unlimited access to thousands of children’s and young adult e-books, and public libraries across the country are stepping up to help give every child enrolled in school a library card.
While at the library, the President participated in a conversation with kids – in-person and broadcast virtually to classrooms around the world through a Discovery Education webinar – about the power of reading. He shared a few new details of what he was like as a young student, a young parent, as an author and a voracious reader.
Here are three things the President shared about his life growing up that you may not know: