Discover a wide array of free programs across the Library, including at our neighborhood branches in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.
NYPL After School is a free drop-in program for kids aged 6–12 that takes place after regular school hours on Mondays through Thursdays. Join us at one of our 20 participating branches across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island for homework help from one of our tutors or Teen Reading Ambassadors, reading recommendations, fun writing, STEAM, and enrichment activities—and even snacks! Find out where NYPL After School is happening in person, explore online activities and resources, and more.
Storytime with our children’s librarians is a beloved NYPL tradition that helps bring the joy of books to our youngest readers. Find storytimes at your nearest NYPL location, explore hundreds of storytimes online, and discover everything the Library has to offer our youngest readers.
Find your new favorite reads with this collection of top titles curated by our expert librarians.
Download the Library’s free e-reader app, SimplyE, and gain instant access to hundreds of thousands of books and e-books now.
Tell us what you like to read and we’ll handpick a personalized book bundle just for you! Get Shelf Help in open branches, online, or by calling Ask NYPL.
Sign up for a library card for free online today! Access everything the Library has to offer, from free one-on-one online tutoring to e-books, with your library card.
From storytime to homework help, the Children’s Center features an array of programs and services to help kids and their families develop a lifelong love of reading and learning, including early literacy programs, programs for school-aged children, performances and special events, homework resources, class and group visits, and a youth study room.
The New York Public Library offers e-books in read aloud and read along formats for children through our databases. Also be sure to explore the library’s suggested book lists for kids and teens.
Available with a Library Card
Hundreds of BrainPOP videos explain a wide variety of concepts in Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Art & Music, Health and Technology. (Grades K-8)
Social Studies and History e-books. Try the Read to Me feature. (Grades 4–9)
Social Studies and Science e-books. Use the Read to Me feature. (Grades 3–7)
E-books available as read-alongs for Early Readers, Chapter Books, Children’s Classics, and Advanced Readers. (Grades 3–6)
E-books available as read-alongs for Early Readers, Chapter Books, Children’s Classics, and Advanced Readers. (Grades K–6)
Read-alouds available for math e-books. (Grades K–6)
Available Without a Library Card
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors, including Viola Davis, Chris Pine, James Earl Jones, and more, reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Available 24 hours a day and also includes teachers’ guides with suggested activities.
Reading is Fundamental Read-Aloud Videos
More than 200 animated read-alouds (Pre-K to 6th Grade) from a trusted online hub for literacy and reading that also features many lesson plans, activities, and printable materials.
From Penguin Random House, engaging picture book read-alouds to build a love of reading!
The New York Public Library is here to support kids of all ages, educators, and parents and caregivers with an array of programs and resources, both in person and online. Discover what we’re doing for kids and teens as New Yorkers return to school this fall—plus books, free homework help, learning tools, and fun, engaging activities to help you develop all your skills.