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  • Families Celebrated the Week of the Young Child at Aguilar Library

    By amandaberlin on May 4, 2017
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      On Friday, April 28th, the New York Public Library held Family Fun Day at Aguilar Library in celebration of the Week of the Young Child. As a part of this event, Bilingual Birdies, a bilingual children’s musical group performed for families. Bilingual Birdies teaches children phrases in many languages including Spanish and French through exciting and fun music. During […]
  • State Agencies Mobilize to Collect Books for Literacy Organizations

    By amandaberlin on May 4, 2017
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    Since January, New York State agencies have been collecting books for three organizations, including Reach Out and Read of Greater New York. Currently, over 2,300 gently-used books have been collected for our sites to be put in waiting rooms and given to siblings of children over 5. New Alternatives for Children received about 360 books from the Metropolitan Transport Authority […]
  • Reade Street Prep Book Drive

    By amandaberlin on May 3, 2017
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    We are very grateful to the children and families at Reade Street Prep in downtown Manhattan for holding a recent book drive to support the children served by Reach Out and Read of Greater NY! The drive was a phenomenal success and we were thrilled to receive hundreds of wonderful books (see photo). Reade Street Prep, founded seven years ago […]
  • Believe in Books Interview Series: Rosemary Wells, 2017 Mills Tannenbaum Award for Children’s Literacy recipient,

    By amandaberlin on May 3, 2017
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    We’re excited to introduce you to our 2017 Mills Tannenbaum Award for Children’s Literacy recipient, Rosemary Wells. The award was first presented in 2013 by Helen Mills and Gary Tannenbaum and is given to a children’s book author or illustrator who is dedicated to promoting a lifelong love of reading in young children. Ms. Wells’ career as an author and […]
  • It Take a Village…Two Events Champion Literacy

    By amandaberlin on April 7, 2017
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    On March 2, 2017, Council Member Andrew Cohen read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Five Little Monkeys, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar to a small group of young children in the pediatric waiting room of North Central Bronx Hospital. Children also received a small backpack from the hospital. Rathna Fatato is the ROR Medical Champion at North Central Bronx Hospital, which is one of our […]
  • Honoring Dr. Seuss with Two Events This March

    By amandaberlin on April 7, 2017
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    Every year schools, libraries, and literacy organizations honor the granddaddy of children’s literature, Dr. Seuss, with Read Across America Day on his birthday in early March. This month, Reach Out and Read of Greater New York and our partner organizations participated in two events throughout the month to celebrate literacy and engage children in reading. On March 4, we were part […]
  • Believe in Books Interview Series: Dr. Faye Kokotos

    By amandaberlin on April 7, 2017
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    Dr. Faye Kokotos is a fierce advocate for children and early childhood literacy. She’s our 2017 Literacy Champion award winner and will be on-hand on June 6, 2017 to accept her award at our annual benefit and auction at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park. We wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you, our community, to Dr. Kokotos and […]
  • Believe in Books Interview Series: Sulma Arzu-Brown

    By amandaberlin on February 16, 2017
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    Sulma Arzu-Brown is a proud Garifuna woman born in Honduras, Central America. The Garifuna people are the Black Caribs living in the coastland of Central America. She came to New York City at the tender age of six. Throughout her life, Sulma’s parents instilled in her the belief that progressive thinking, education and sound values were the key to success […]
  • More than 14,000 Books Delivered to 42 Sites

    By amandaberlin on January 4, 2017
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    (after) Though our sites receive book shipments directly to their locations, they also greatly appreciate the times when they can visit our larger storage space and bring books back to their site, thanks to larger donations from authors and publishers. On a very rainy Tuesday, November 29th, 42 sites were able to receive a total of 14,778 books from the […]
  • Meet Keisha: Reach Out and Read of Greater New York Parent

    By amandaberlin on January 4, 2017
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    Keisha W. is a mother of three, 13 year old daughter, Shavea,  6 year old son, Mehki (pictured) and 19 month old, Zuria (pictured) When asked what kind of books her children enjoy, she reported Shavea currently likes the “Goosebumps” series and Mehki likes “Pete the Cat.” When asked about her experience with her children’s physician Dr. Kokotos, she said, “I love […]

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