Early literacy is the foundation of future success.

City’s First Readers engages parents, caregivers, and communities across New York City to ensure all children develop critical early literacy skills.

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City’s First Readers

City’s First Readers, an initiative of the New York City Council, is a collaboration of nonprofits and libraries that work together to create opportunities for community driven early literacy programs that benefit children and families from all New York City neighborhoods.

I never even used to tell her colors like go get a yellow book, a green book, the book with the tomatoes, and now I find myself doing that…

Featured Neighborhood Events

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16 Apr, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Family Storytime: Brothers READ (Poetry Edition)

203 West 115th Street
Manhattan, NY 10026

Join the staff at Harry Belafonte–115th Street for a live, online program with songs, rhymes, and favorite read-aloud books led by members of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Ideal for caregivers with children of different ages. Storytime is a program for parents / caregivers and their children. Both the parent / caregiver and the child must be present during the entire program: unaccompanied adults or children will be asked to leave the program. When registering for this program, parents/caregivers should use their name and information—you don’t need a library card to participate! This event will take place over Google Meet. You must register with your email address in order to receive the link to participate. The link will be sent to you by email approximately one day before the discussion. You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join.

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16 Apr, 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

Bilingual Story & Activity in Chinese and English

, NY

For children 0-5: Enjoy stories, rhymes, and songs, plus an enriching activity, in Chinese and English with Janice, early learning assistant at Flushing Library. Join here: https://queenslib.org/39S5mIk

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17 Apr, 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Virtual Saturday Storytime

, NY

Join us each Saturday to hear new stories and favorite tales read aloud, interspersed with songs and rhymes. All ages welcome! **Registration required! We’re hoping to connect with our storytime crowd, so instead of broadcasting from the Macon Library Facebook Page, we’re going to ask you to sign up, and then we’ll meet on Zoom, so that we can read, play, and sing together. You will need either a computer with audio and webcam or a telephone in order to participate. A link to access the Zoom meeting will be sent to registrants prior to the meeting, so please keep an eye out for the email (and check your spam folder if you don’t see it!)

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17 Apr, 11:00 am – 11:45 am

Online Family Storytime in Japanese! オンラインにほんごストーリータイム

455 Fifth Avenue
Manhattan, NY 10016

Join children’s librarians, Nobuko and Keiko for a live, online program with songs, rhymes, and favorite read-aloud books as we show you that storytime is fun for the whole family with small children. This storytime is conducted entirely in Japanese, and while everyone who is curious is welcome to join, parent/caregiver and the child must be present during the entire program. If you have any questions, please email nobukowilson@nypl.org. Storytime is a program for parents/caregivers and their children. Both the parent/caregiver and the child must be present during the entire program: unaccompanied adults or children will be asked to leave the program. When registering for this program, parents/caregivers should use their name and information–you don’t need a library card to participate! オンラインにほんごストーリータイム! オンラインでのライブのストーリータイムです。図書館員の大橋のぶこ、杉本けいこと一緒に、日本語での遊び歌、絵本の読み聞かせ、簡単なゲームなどで遊びましょう!小さいお子さんのいるご家族みんなで楽しんでいただけます。ご質問など、nobukowilson@nypl.orgまでEメールを下さい。 NYPLのstorytimeは、保護者とそのお子様のためのプログラムです。プログラム中は保護者とお子様どちらも参加してくださいますよう、お願いいたします。お子様を同伴しない大人の方、または保護者の同伴無しのお子様の参加は申し訳ありませんが退室していただくことになっています。プログラムの登録は保護者の方のお名前と情報でお願いいたします。参加には図書館カードは必要ありません!

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