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The New York Public Library will host its first World Literature Festival featuring a series of virtual events, book lists, and programs honoring the Library’s commitment to serving the diverse communities of New York City. Launching at the start of Immigrant Heritage Week and running through April 30, the World Literature Festival showcases Library resources that reflect the wide-ranging cultures and languages of the New Yorkers that NYPL serves.
As part of the Festival’s children’s programming, bilingual storytimes will be hosted virtually by local branch staff that reflect the neighborhoods served throughout New York City. The storytimes, available directly from the Library’s Vimeo page, will highlight books from the Caribbean, Latin America, China, Albania, Russia, and more. The Library will also debut two additional languages—Russian and Japanese—on Story Line, its new service (launched early this year) that allows families to call the Library and hear a children’s book performed over the phone. The recordings currently feature stories in English, Spanish, and Mandarin, and new stories are updated each week.
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