U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, April 28, 2015.
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April 30, 2015 8:40 AM EDT

President Barack Obama will announce a plan Thursday to give low-income children access to 10,000 e-books.

Obama will announce the plan at Anacostia Library in Southeast Washington, D.C., Reuters reports. The plan includes $250 million in e-book commitments from publishers and will work to address educational problems in inner city areas.

“If we’re serious about living up to what our country is about, then we have to consider what we can do to provide opportunities in every community, not just when they’re on the front page, but every day,” Jeff Zients, Obama’s top economic adviser, said.

The White House will also work with libraries to find ways to get more kids reading, as well as work on previously announced plans to upgrade Internet and computer access in schools and libraries so kids will be able to read the e-books.

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