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

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21 Sep, 10:00 am – 10:00 am

Time Out Kids Online Storytime

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

The New York Public Library is partnering with Time Out Kids! Visit www.timeout.com/new-york-kids Monday through Friday at 10AM to tune in to storytime with our expert children’s librarians as they read beloved books, sing songs, and share early literacy tips.

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21 Sep, 4:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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. Join us Monday through Friday at 4PM 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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21 Sep, 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Virtual Urdu 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 Urdu storytime with books, songs, and tips in Urdu 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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22 Sep, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Lee Conmigo

, NY

Lee Conmigo – ¡Lee! ¡Hable! ¡Cante! ¡Juegue! Una serie de cuatro talleres virtuales sobre buenas prácticas para cuidadores de niños jóvenes. Vamos a aprender como apoyar el desarrollo mental de nuestros niños en cada momento del día, en casa, escuela, y en todo el mundo. Los participantes que acaben la serie van a recibir una bolsa con libros y otros materiales para niños preescolares. 

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Resources for Parents

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

Latest News

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