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Reading their Way to New Heights: Reading on the Rails Program Reaches Families All Over NYC

Literacy Inc. (LINC), programs invite families with children five and younger to experience the joy of reading and promote the idea of “reading everywhere.” Yesterday, thanks to powerful collaborations with One World Observatory and Penguin Random House/Penguin Young Readers plus support from the Metropolitan Transit Authority, LINC families participated in a very special event, Reading on the Rails: Cities, Skylines and Subways, where they did, indeed, “read everywhere!”

Departing from neighborhoods across the city including East Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood, Kingsbridge, Fordham, South Jamaica, East New York, and Staten Island’s North Shore - families converged at One World Observatory. Panoramic views of the city offered a different perspective of the city they had just traversed underground or by ferry. Children received their own copies of Subway by Anastasia Suen and New York Book of Colors by Ashley Evanson, adding to the experience.

Timed to coincide with National Summer Learning Week (July 10-14), LINC’s journey to One World Observatory served multiple purposes:

  • the event brought LINC families to a part of the city with which they may not have been familiar, creating a sense of adventure and a reminder that there is so much to explore in our great city;

  • the event brought together LINC families who have experienced our programs in their own neighborhoods but have not met in person with families from other communities;

  • families reading together on public transit model how easy it is to keep children engaged with books and stories;

  • children of any age, but particularly emergent readers, need to keep learning all year long, summers included;

  • a great reminder to observers and participants alike that it is so easy to tuck a book into your bag because a book never needs recharging, runs out of battery or stops working because you drop it!

“What a beautiful place to be reading…this is your city and we are here for you! I want to thank Literacy Inc. for another annual Reading on the Rails. We are celebrating books, literacy and all the ways it helps our little ones get ahead!” - Mark Levine, Manhattan Borough President

With numerous summer outdoor activities; LINC shows that families can read while they travel, all summer long! NYC’s public transportation gives children an opportunity to read, enrich their experiences, and elevate their imaginations. Thank you to One World Observatory for taking LINC’s reading journey to new heights. Thank you to Penguin Random House for the books to read on this journey. Thank you Metropolitan Transit Authority for the Metro cards that made it possible.

“Through this event LINC was able to ignite the entire city with the power of literacy. Right now, it is essential that we as a city invest in the futures of our children by making it a priority that every child can read and every family has the tools to support their child’s reading journey from the very start!” - Laura Walsh, Chief Program Officer

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