READ NYC, a pop-up reading room
- 200+ high-quality books—picture books, art books, books about the city, and more, with special collections from museums and bookstores, curated to reflect the history, culture and languages of the city;
- a mini book review activity, with a gallery of reviews and instant photos for people to take home;
- a custom-designed cart that stores, moves, and displays the collection (which can be closed and locked in place), and eight benches for seating;
- staff to set up and run the program (one program staff member and one manager);
- an option for hosts, libraries, bookstores or literary organizations to participate by adding special collections, read-alouds, and other activities.
Books have either been purchased by us or donated by individuals, publishers, and institutions. (Learn more about our collection.)
Here’s what happens: people gather and browse books on the shelves, sit down, and read, sometimes for hours. People read alone or together. Children are sometimes read-to by staff, volunteers, or other patrons. Sharing books often leads to conversations between people and the discovery of common interests. People are transformed into readers on a kind of stage, and feel good about themselves and more connected to the city. Passersby love the scene. This program has served New Yorkers since 2011.
How you can help Your support helps us take READ NYC to New York neighborhoods. Make a donation here. Or, donate books. Visit our wish list at Strand Bookstore. We love bilingual and international titles. We also accept used books in the categories above. Uni Book Donation Policy. Contact Leslie Davol.
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READ NYC is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
READ NYC FOUNDING SPONSORS
Susanne Beck and Billy Parker, Daniel Handler and Lisa Brown, Leaves of Grass Fund, Sam and Esme Lee, Karen and Daniel Taylor