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FREE Afternoon Out-of-School Time Programs at the New York Public Library


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Enrichment Zones | Summer activities and school-year homework help

Does your child need help with homework or extra tutoring?  Are you looking for an exciting and educational after-school program?

Then look no further than The New York Public Library’s after-school Enrichment Zones program! Students come after school two to four days per week, Monday—Thursday, for three hours a day. During the program, students work on homework, receive personalized tutoring, and participate in exciting educational computer programs.


Literacy Leaders | Reading help for grades 1 and 2

Do you have a child in first or second grade? Do you want your child to develop a love of reading? Are you interested in having your child work with caring mentors?

Then come to the New York Public Library’s Literacy Leaders program! In this program, your child will be matched with a teen mentor who understands his or her individual needs. Together, they will work to build a love of reading and learning and will work on basic literacy skills. The program meets after school Monday through Thursday.




Literacy Leaders | English elective course and paid internship

Do you need an ELA elective credit for graduation? Interested in developing real-world skills through a paid mentoring and tutoring position? Fantastic! High School Literacy Leaders wants you!

If you are in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade and you are enrolled in high school in New York City, you can become a Literacy Leader this Fall. You will earn one ELA elective credit through the Department of Education in the Fall. After you successfully complete the fall internship, you can then become a paid employee of the New York Public Library. 


Middle School Innovation Labs | Digital projects and problem solving

Interested in photography, blogging, engineering, or programming? Ever wanted to design a robot? Want to use technology to tell your story? Middle School Innovation Labs is the place for you!




High School Innovation Labs | Digital projects and problem solving

Want to express your voice through technology? Need ELA credits to graduate High School? Join the High School Innovation Labs Program!

Major support for after-school programming is provided by Arthur W. Koenig; the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Family Endowment for Young Audiences; the Mr. and Mrs. Timothy R. Barakett Endowment for Children's and Young Adult Programs and Services; the E.H.A. Foundation Endowment for Literacy Programming; The Pinkerton Foundation; News Corp and an anonymous donor, with additional support from the Estate of Brooke Russell Astor and the Estate of Mary McConnell Bailey. 

BridgeUp | Helping students reach their greatest potential

For grades 8–10

Looking to do something after school that is unlike anything you've done before?  Then consider BridgeUp: a new and exciting Out-of-School Time program just for teens! 

Beginning in the 8th grade, continuing through high school graduation, and into college, BridgeUp is committed to providing each of our Scholars with a customized plan for achieving their dreams.  With unlimited access to cutting edge technology, daily homework help, activities that spark curiosity, and a team of incredible staff, there is no limit to what teens can achieve with BridgeUp.

The NYPL BridgeUp program has been made possible thanks to the generous support from the Helen Gurley Brown Revocable Trust.


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