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

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

25 Jan, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Virtual East New York and Kings Highway Brainy Babies

, NY

Join us for a brain-building program on Zoom for children 0-3 years and their parents or caregivers in the East New York and Kings Highway communities. This program will include stories, early literacy tips, baby bounces, craft ideas, musical performances, show and tell, and more! Prepare your child for 3-K and beyond! This program has an ASL interpreter. Please note this is a 7 week series. Once registered you will be emailed the Zoom information for all 7 sessions. The dates for the program are 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, (no program on 2/15 due to President’s Day), 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, and 3/15.

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25 Jan, 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Virtual Toddler Time

, NY

Toddler Time Enjoy stories and play. 18 to 36 months.

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25 Jan, 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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26 Jan, 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Virtual Kids Create! First 5 Years

, NY

Join us every Tuesday for a new art project you can easily replicate at home. These fun artistic exploration with help your little one develop their creativity and their fine motor skills. Each new video will is posted Tuesday mornings at 9am and can be found on our Facebook page: facebook.com/ClintonHillLibrary

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Resources for Parents

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

Latest News

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