How to Get a Free Book from the New York Public Library This Summer

The New York Public Library wants New Yorkers to have a productive summer, and it’s ready to help them do it for free.

Through its recently launched Summer at the Library program, NYPL is giving away 500,000 new librarian-approved books for families to keep. New Yorkers who want to pick up a good free book can do so by visiting any NYPL branch and certain pop-up events and programs that take place in city parks. Some of the branches distributing free books will also have Spanish, Chinese and large-print texts available.

The initiative comes from NYPL’s desire to help New Yorkers build their own library and encourage citizens to read more. In addition to free books, Summer at the NYPL Library will also include a series of free programs for teens and adults at 92 locations. These events will emphasize the love of reading and learning, and help students fight the so-called “summer slide” and prevent them from forgetting their school-learned materials.

The program will include activities and workshops like summer reading for children and teens, reading recommendations developed by NYPL librarians, and even library initiatives for adults.

“New York City students and families have been through so much over the past two years. It is essential that during this time of recovery and renewal, our learning ecosystem does all that is in his power to support and involve them,” said Brian Bannon, NYPL’s Merryl. and James Tisch branch director of libraries and education, said in a statement. “Public libraries are uniquely positioned to do this while students are away from the classroom during the summer months, offering quality free programs to engage their minds while keeping them excited about books, reading, learning and their communities. After so much time apart, it’s time to come together safely this summer.”

For a complete list of events and programs, you can visit this page on the NYPL website.

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