The New York Public Library is here for kids of all ages to help you read, learn, and have fun! Discover free events, join us at select branches for NYPL After School, get free homework help, boost your STEAM skills, find the best new reading recommendations, and more.

Join Us at NYPL

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    Summer at the Library

    Read, learn, and have fun all summer long with the Library’s Summer Adventure programs! Take our reading challenge, come to special events, enter our annual summer writing contest, and much more.

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    Vibrant Voices

    Explore new books from authors of color with NYPL's Vibrant Voices book list, created by the Library’s expert staff.

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    Free Events & Programs

    There's something for everyone at the Library, including arts and crafts, trivia, book discussions, author talks, STEAM activities, and more.

Books, Multimedia & More

Find more of what you love or discover something new! Check out titles from our branches—or via NYPL's free e-reader app.

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    Get a Free Library Card

    Unlock the power of the Library with your very own library card!

  • Discover books recommended for kids by our expert librarians including the Best Books of 2020 and more.

    Best Books for Kids

    Our expert librarians selected 2023's best books for kids. Check out these outstanding titles.

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    More Reading Recommendations

    Find themed book recommendations for kids, including NYC Books We Love, the Schomburg Center's Black Liberation List for Young Readers, and more.

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    Free E-Books & Audiobooks

    Download SimplyE, the Library's free e-reader app, which makes it easy to browse, borrow, and dive into e-books and audiobooks on your mobile device.

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    Enjoy e-books, animated talking picture books, and puzzles for school-age readers.

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    Explore e-books and video storybooks for kids from Pre-K–3rd grade. 

NYPL's Magazine for Kids

Portal is a magazine for kids aged 6–12 written, designed, and edited by NYPL's Teen Reading Ambassadors! 

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    Portal: For Kids By Teens

    Find stories, fun facts, comics, activities, and more in our magazine for kids written, designed, and edited by NYPL's Teen Reading Ambassadors!


STEAM is short for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. STEAM activities and programs are an excellent opportunity to introduce concepts and promote skills that can set you up for creative, scientific, and collaborative thinking now and in the future.

  • Upcoming STEAM Programs

    The Library offers lots of ways for you to explore STEAM concepts and develop your skills!

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    STEAM Discovery Kits

    Explore robotics, astronomy, engineering, coding, and more using exciting tools, toys, and books at home.

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    DIY STEAM Projects

    Discover our wide-ranging and exciting collection of videos featuring fun STEAM activities and resources.

Academic Resources & Help

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    Online Homework Help

    Get free, one-on-one, online homework help for core subject areas using Brainfuse. Plus, access videos, flashcards, and more.

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    Additional Online Resources

    Discover a wide range of NYPL's learning resources and databases for students of all ages, from chemistry and history to English and math.

These programs and initiatives are part of the Library’s Tisch Youth Education Programs, led by the Merryl and James Tisch Director of Branch Libraries and Education. Major support for educational programming is provided by Merryl H. and James S. Tisch.

Major support for children's and young adult programming is provided by the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Family Endowment for Young Audiences. 

Major support for youth education is provided by Arthur W. Koenig; Jane Lauder; the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF); Mr. and Mrs. Timothy R. Barakett Endowment for Children’s and Young Adult Programs and Services; The Gottesman Fund; E.H.A. Foundation, Inc.; Mr. and Mrs. Evan R. Chesler; Robert A. and Elizabeth R. Jeffe Foundation; Michael ByungJu Kim and the MBK Educational Foundation; New York Life Foundation; Verizon Foundation; the Gray Foundation; and City’s First Readers, an initiative made possible with funding from the New York City Council.