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.


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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31 Oct, 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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02 Nov, 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Virtual Toddler Time

, NY

Toddler Time Enjoy stories and play. 18 to 36 months. Get together virturally with Miss Lynn from the Borough Park Library for stories, rhymes and songs. Please click on this link to join the fun. https://www.facebook.com/BPLboroughpark/ 

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02 Nov, 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Virtual Russian Storytime

, NY

**While our in-person events are on hold, we are offering virtual programming via Facebook Live broadcasts from our branches!**    Join us for virtual Russian storytime with books, songs, and tips in Russian for your child to acquire early literacy, fine motor, and language developmental skills.    View the broadcast on the Brooklyn Public Library Family Facebook Page.

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03 Nov, 11:00 am – 11:00 am

Parkchester Virtual Storytime

1985 Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462

Join us for a live virtual storytime for our youngest readers. Children along with their Parents/Caregivers will enjoy fun interactive stories, songs, and rhymes. We will also share early literacy tips and book recommendations. Parents/Caregivers can register with their email below.

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