We are giving away 500,000 free books for kids and teens at branches this summer! Drop by your local branch and pick up new books to take home for kids and teens—plus, look out for programs and events where we’re giving away books for adults, too.
Free Events and Programs
Read, learn, and have fun all summer long with our all-new Make Waves program! Take the summer reading challenge, join us in branches for our “Summer Cruise” programs, and enter our annual summer writing contest.
Make Waves this summer by contributing to our brand-new magazine for teens! Plus, join us for Anti-Prom, author talks, arts and crafts, photography, zine-making, and much more in branches and online.
Join the Library this summer—and all year round—for storytimes, free events and programs, activities, and much more. Plus, explore what you can do at home with your Little Learners!
From book discussions and author talks to plant swaps and a citywide dance party, there’s something for everyone this summer at The New York Public Library! Explore everything the Library has to offer.
For Educators & Caregivers
The Library has a wide array of resources to support you and your kids or students with our all-new Make Waves program. Find out in a range of world languages what we offer this summer. Download our Summer 2022 Educator Guide for recommended reading and discussion points.
Summer Staff Picks
Get the most out of our all-new Make Waves program with our downloadable activity and reading tracker for kids of all ages, which includes badges to earn as you meet your reading targets and complete activities! Plus, download and print new book log pages and more space to write your reviews. Download these resources in Español (Spanish), 中文 (Chinese), বাংলা (Bengali), and Русский (Russian).
Share your go-to summer reads and add to the #NYPLSummerBookshelf. Become a guest librarian at the Library’s new virtual branch and see what your fellow readers are recommending.
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There are no more late fines at the Library—and all old fines have been removed—so you can borrow books and more from any branch with no worries!
Join the Library's premier cultural event series, LIVE from NYPL, for in-person, outdoor, and online programs that bring together distinguished writers, artists, and scholars for conversations and performances.
The New York Public Library depends on donors like you to support our essential services. Friends of the Library will be vital as we expand access to our resources, including job help, community outreach, and language learning materials. Make a membership gift now and enjoy benefits all year long.
Stay cool this summer and explore a wide array of extraordinary highlights from NYPL’s collections in this free exhibition at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
E-Books & Audiobooks
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 on 917-ASK-NYPL.
The Book Giveaway is supported in part by a generous grant from the Gray Foundation.
Major support provided by the New York Life Foundation, the 2022 city-wide sponsor for the Summer Reading and Learning Programs.
Additional support is provided by The Rona Jaffe Foundation; New York Yankees Foundation; anonymous donors; and the continuing major support of the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Family Endowment for Young Audiences.
Major support for educational programming is provided by Merryl H. and James S. Tisch.
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