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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About
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

Find free events to learn, play, and discover in your neighborhood

10 Apr, 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Virtual Storytime

Broadcast on the Brooklyn Public Library Family Facebook Page
Virtual, 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 storytime with books, songs, and tips for your child to acquire early literacy, fine motor, and language developmental skills. View the broadcast on the Brooklyn Public Library Family Facebook Page at 11:00 AM.

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11 Apr, 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Virtual Storytime

Broadcast on the Brooklyn Public Library Family Facebook Page
Virtual, 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 storytime with books, songs, and tips for your child to acquire early literacy, fine motor, and language developmental skills. View the broadcast on the Brooklyn Public Library Family Facebook Page at 2:00 PM.

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13 Apr, 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Cuentos virtuales para niños en español (Virtual Spanish Storytime)

Broadcast on the Brooklyn Public Library Family Facebook Page
Virtual, NY

Acompáñenos con cuentos y canciones en español para niños y sus padres o cuidadores en la página Brooklyn Public Library Family Facebook. (Join us for stories and songs in Spanish for children and their parents or caregivers on the Brooklyn Public Library Family Facebook page). Edades 0-5 (Ages 0-5).

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14 Apr, 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Jack & Friends: Toddler Yoga with Kelly Brennan

Broadcast on the Park Slope Library Facebook Page
Virtual, NY

**While our in-person events are on hold, we are offering virtual programming via Facebook Live broadcasts from our branches!**   Join Kelly Brennan for a fun yoga practice! Toddlers will explore yoga poses and breathing in a playful way through adventures, stories, and songs.   View the broadcast on the Park Slope Library Facebook page at 10:00 AM. 

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Resources for Parents

Get tips, advice, and resources for supporting early literacy skills

Latest News

Read news, press, and updates from City’s First Readers Partners