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Bryant Park's Reading Room Announces Event Line Up

Bryant Park's Reading Room Announces Event Line Up

Enjoy summer in the city with a book....or two!

On April 2, Bryant Park's Reading Room will return, giving New York City kids and their parents a chance to discover new stories in this beautiful midtown park.

This "Open Air Library" was created after the Great Depression to provide intellectuals a chance to experience culture for free. According to the website, the modern version includes, "custom-designed carts for books, periodicals, and newspapers; public readings and programs at lunchtime and after work; and kid-sized carts and furniture for children. The programming, publications, and environment of the Bryant Park Reading Room are available to everyone for free, still without any need of cards or identification."

Books will be placed on shelves in between the park's benches and kids can pick one and read to themselves while enjoying the park's scenery or they can join one of the story times that will be offered starting in the summer.

Kids' Saturday storytime will take place at noon from June 30-Aug 18 and there will also be storytime on Tuesdays at 10:30am for kids ages 3–8 which runs June 26-Aug. 14.

Here's the list of kid's programming at Bryant Park:

Poem in Your Pocket Day
Thursday, April 26, 10:30am-1:30pm
Students poets share their works at the 16th annual city-wide Poem in Your Pocket Day.

June 30 – August 18
Saturdays, noon – 1pm
Books come alive with music, magic, and visits from your favorite literary characters.

June 26 – August 14 (no program on July 3)
Tuesdays, 10:30am – 11:30am
Cali Co Cat with meowsic, stories and art and crafts too. (Ages 3-8)

Le Carrousel Puppet Show
June 9 – July 7
Saturdays, 2pm – 3pm
Puppets, puppets, and more puppets bring whimsy and fun to our Saturday line-up starring WonderSpark Puppets.

Le Carrousel Magique
June 10 – August 5
Sundays, 2pm – 3pm
Our ace magicians return with tricks up their sleeves. In partnership with   

Le Carrousel StoryTime
July 14 – August 4
Saturdays, 2pm – 3pm
Cali Co Cat and friends present stories, songs, and poems.

The Bryant Park Art Cart is also open daily, from 11am – 8pm, with free kid-friendly drawing and craft supplies. They will also have some art workshops coming this summer!

For more information and to stay up-to-date on Reading Room events, be sure to visit the website.

I will definitely be adding this to my summer must-do list!

Main image: Angelito Jusay courtesy Bryant Park


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