New York Public Libraries Are Giving 500,000 Free Books This Summer

The New York Public Library is launching an initiative that will be giving out 500,00 free books to kids, teens, and families at their branches as well as free programs to get people to read more.

Free Books for NYC Residents

The NYPL serves the Manhattan, Bronx, and Manhattan areas is helping its residents build up their libraries “and strength the city’s ecosystem of learning,” according to a press release. Some books will also be in Spanish and Chinese as well as large print titles.

To receive your free books, all you have to do is show up and use your library card. If you do not have a library card, you can sign up for one as they are free and take a few minutes to register for one.

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Brian Bannon, NYPL’s Merryl and James Tisch Director of Branch Libraries and Education, wants to help the New York City students and families that have gone through a lot in the past couple of years.

“New York City students and families have been through so much over the last two years. It’s critical that, during this period of recovery and renewal, our ecosystem of learning do all it can to support and engage them. Public libraries are uniquely positioned to do this while students are out of the classroom over the summer months, providing quality, free programs to engage their minds while also getting them excited about books, reading, learning and their communities. After so much time apart, it’s time to safely come together this summer.”

Brian Bannon

Summer Reading

Besides the free books, the Brooklyn Public Library is showcasing over 100 summer reading recommendations from librarians. There are books for adults, teens, and kids, so something for everybody in your family! Libraries are also hosting many events that you can check out on their website.

Summer and reading are two things that go together pretty well. Whether it is a beach read or reading at home, a good book makes you forget about the summer sun. The libraries are taking initiatives to help old and new readers find something to read when they aren’t too busy enjoying the great weather in New York City.

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