New York Public Library's Summer Reading Program is Virtual This Year
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Books are also available for kids to browse and borrow digitally via the Library’s catalog and its e-reader app SimplyE (available in iOS and Android). New Yorkers can use the app to apply for online library cards, if needed. Earlier this spring, the library worked with the Department of Education to include the SimplyE app on all iPads given to students, ensuring they have access to independent reading materials.
In addition to robust digital offerings, the library is planning to distribute kits with physical books, stickers, and activities to kids in high-needs neighborhoods who may not have adequate Internet connectivity or devices. The library is working with elected officials, community organizations, and others to determine how to safely distribute the books.
“As this public health crisis moves into the summer months, we take seriously our role of supporting these families outside of the classroom—whatever classroom means—including and especially those without access to technology,” said Brian Bannon, the library’s chief librarian and the Merryl and James Tisch Director of Branch Libraries and Education. “We will continue to evaluate this situation to best serve these families, and ensure that the library is making resources accessible to all.”
The annual initiative is supported by The New York Life Foundation, HSBC Bank, WarnerMedia, Sesame Street, and The New York Yankees.
Families should stay tuned to the Summer Reading webpage for more information on accessing physical materials later this summer.