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

26 May, 10:00 am – 10:00 am

Online Storytime

476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave)
Manhattan, NY 10018

Visit us for online storytime at www.nypl.org/storytime. No matter the circumstances, we’re here to help bring the joy of books to our youngest readers. Enjoy us every weekday at 10AM for online storytimes brought directly to you by our expert children’s librarians as they read beloved books, sing songs, and share early literacy tips.

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26 May, 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Virtual 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 storytime with books, songs, and tips for your child to acquire early literacy, fine motor, and language developmental skills. View the live broadcast from the Cortelyou Library Facebook Page .

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26 May, 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Jack & Friends: Toddler Yoga with Kelly Brennan

, 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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26 May, 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Wild Rumpus Storytime

, NY

Join Ms. Lea from the New Lots branch for a wild rumpus virtual storytime with books, songs, and rhymes. View the broadcast on the New Lots Facebook Page at 11am.

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Resources for Parents

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

Latest News

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