Every year, in July and August, we turn our attention to a special effort: how to reach NYC kids with reading and learning opportunities outside of school, during summer. With start-up funding from the Shippy Foundation, we deploy the Uni portable reading room right where kids gather: NYC play streets in the boroughs.

Over the next eight weeks, we’ll focus on play streets in Harlem and the Bronx, creating an oasis with high-quality books, friendly staff, seating, and shade where kids can read, draw, solve a puzzle. Learning can be a life-long pleasure—that’s the simple idea behind the Uni portable reading room at play streets. Thank you to our two host partners: Harvest Home Farmers Markets and Caldwell Enrichment Programs. Read more about our work at NYC Play Streets since 2013. Contact Leslie to learn more about how a donation or sponsorship can help expand and strengthen our work at play streets.

Uni reading room at West Harlem Play Street, July 7, 2015.

Uni reading room at West Harlem Play Street, July 7, 2015.

About our “new” name… Street Lab.

Street Lab began in Boston in 2006. In 2011, we moved the organization to NYC and launched the Uni Project, which was a portable reading room that roamed the city. In 2020, we are re-introducing our original name Street Lab to tie all this work together going forward, with much more to come.