NEW YORK and MCLEAN, Va. - Homewood Suites by HiltonHilton Worldwide's international brand of upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotels, celebrates the opening of its seventh Lewis Learning Library in partnership with Books for Kids. The brand is also releasing its fifth book in the "Lewis the Duck" children's book series in anticipation of National Literacy Month.

The Books for Kids Lewis Learning Library at the Hamilton-Madison House Head Start Center is a first for Homewood Suites in New York City, which also debuted its first Manhattan property last month. In 2012, the library was shuttered after receiving extensive damage from Hurricane Sandy, including the loss of 75 percent of its book collection. Following its reopening, the library will serve 400 children in the New York downtown area, offering new books, literacy enrichment activities and regular readings. 

Homewood Suites is also further cementing its commitment to children's literacy with the release of "Lewis the Duck Flies Around the World."  The Lewis the Duck book series is co-authored by Homewood Suites Global Head Bill Duncan and his son Christian. With every book, the pair looks to help travelers stay connected with young ones while away from home, teaching readers important lessons about different cultures and giving back.

"Opening our first library in New York and publishing our fifth 'Lewis the Duck' book are great sources of pride for Homewood Suites in our commitment to this important issue," said Bill Duncan. "With National Literacy Month only one month away, everyone should remember the importance of reading to all children, as children's literacy is not something that should be taken for granted."

To date, Homewood Suites has donated more than 13,000 books and volunteered 2,725 service hours to literacy causes. The brand has also printed more than 100,000 copies of the Lewis the Duck book series which is available for purchase at every Homewood Suites Suite Shop, as well as at www.LewistheDuck.com

"Books for Kids is thrilled to be opening our seventh library with Homewood Suites, and the first in New York. This library will give under-served youth unparalleled access to books and greater literacy resources, to help prepare them for school and for life," said Amanda Hirsh, Executive Director, Books for Kids. "We are honored to continue this partnership with Homewood Suites as we work together to improve early childhood literacy."

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About Books for Kids
The mission of Books for Kids is to promote literacy among all children with a special emphasis on low-income and at-risk preschool-aged children. Books for Kids creates libraries, donates books and implements literacy programs to develop the critical early foundation and skills which young children need to be successful in life. To learn more about Books for Kids, please visit www.booksforkids.org.

Contacts:
Jennifer Hughes
Director, Brand Public Relations, Hilton Worldwide
+1 901 374 6518
jennifer.hughes@hilton.com

Shawn Warmstein
For Hilton Worldwide
+1 305 444 3383
shawn.warmstein@rbbpr.com

About Homewood Suites by Hilton
Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton’s upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand with more than 420 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 social 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 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.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising nearly 5,000 properties with more than 812,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by HiltonTM, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by HiltonTM, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. 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 exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.