Upcoming Community Events
New York Public Library
For Children and Caregivers: Summer is here, and our annual Summer Reading program is upon us! This year’s theme is Quest for Adventure, and with that in mind, we’ll be reading the classic D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths for our weekly children’s book club, Fridays 7/10 and 7/17 at 3:00 PM. For ages 7-12 with parents or caregivers.
Mondays at 1:00 PM: Short Story Discussion Group
July 13: “Kew Gardens” by Virginia Woolf, published in 1919.
Ongoing Mondays at 1:00 PM: Virtual Book Discussion
There’s no set reading list for this one. Have a book you’ve read recently and want to talk about? Just want to listen to some book recommendations? Join staff from the Tompkins Square and Ottendorfer libraries to discuss.
Fridays at 1:00 PM: Classic Scary Stories Discussion Group
July 10: Henry James’ 1896 ghost story “The Friends of the Friends” (The Way it Came).
July 17: The 1896 story of a mysterious disappearance, “The Striding Place,” by Gertrude Atherton
Other Great Resources
Founded in 2009 by husband and wife duo Z. Briggs and Chad Williams, WonderSpark Puppets performs for New York City audiences of all ages. Together with Jenny Hann, Christina Stone and Julia Darden, they perform over 400 shows per year and have toured internationally.
WonderSpark is proud to continue the tradition of non-moving-mouth hand puppets, aka “Mister Rogers style”. From theaters to libraries, NYC shops and school classrooms, WonderSpark’s flexibility allows them to perform in any space.
Live Puppet Shows:
Every Friday at 11:00 am EST
Live DIY Workshops
4:00 pm Monday – Friday, 10:00 am Saturday – Sunday
Archive of DIY Puppet Workshops
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PJ Library sends free Jewish children’s books to families across the world every month. They know that something magical happens when parents sit down together to read with their children. PJ Library shares Jewish stories that can help your family talk together about values and traditions that are important to you.
A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library is made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations. Families with kids ages 6 months through 8 years old with Judaism as part of their lives, are welcome to sign up. PJ Library welcomes all Jewish families, whatever your background, knowledge, or family make-up, or observance may be.
Free Resources for Quarantined Families
As communities seek to lower the impact of COVID-19, many families are spending a lot of time at home with their kids. One great way to pass time with your little ones is to read PJ Library books! Click below for ideas on ways to stay busy and have fun at home. Learn more here.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. Learn more here.