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NYC Reads Celebrates Winter All-idays

Updated: Feb 2

NYC Reads promotes early literacy in our communities all year long and ended 2023 on a high note with a variety of in-person and virtual holiday programs. Families received free copies of Beyond the Book: Books, Activities & Fun–a booklet filled with reading adventures for children, from birth to fifth grade, in addition to a host of other age-appropriate children’s books throughout the month of December.

The Family Gingerbread PJ Party at the Baisley Park Library in South Jamaica was a trilingual extravaganza. Conducted in three different languages (English, Spanish, and Bengali), attendees were thrilled to read in their favorite holiday PJs and create their own edible gingerbread men. 

In East New York, Councilmember Sandy Nurse joined NYC Reads for the annual Highland Park Tree Lighting Ceremony. 

Over in East Harlem, LINC facilitated a Winter Wonderland Workshop at PS 96 with two extensive sessions on reading instruction for caregivers. 

Moreover, all three Reads communities participated in their local school’s holiday events from Penguin Storytime to Reindeer Reading Celebrations. December’s animal month D.E.E.R. stands for Drop Everything, Enjoy Reading, and these families sure did.

The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a virtual literacy celebration that includes everyone. Happy All-idays brought all of our communities together online to introduce holiday traditions around the world. Participating families learned new and different ways to celebrate and received copies of the book for their home libraries. 

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