Reads Initiative Draws Children and Families from Queens and Brooklyn to In-Person Library Events


Reach Out and Read of Greater New York is proud to be part of Reads Initiative, a collaborative of 10 literacy organizations, funded by the Pinkerton Foundation.

On March 3, at the Queens Central Library (and on March 9 at New Lots Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library) children and families were led in a bilingual singalong hour, a read-aloud and more. In Queens, Senator James Sanders read aloud to children and Councilmember Adrienne Adams gave an address.

The theme of the event was “Diversity Through Literacy” to showcase the children’s books and authors representative of the diverse communities served through the Reads Initiative.

Despite the big storm the day before, 58 parents and 90 children signed into the event.  Each child received a backpack with 3 books about diversity and other small prizes( a total of 270 books were given out).

Danny Wang