New York Libraries Are Giving Away 500,000 Books for Keeping Kids Engaged This Summer

At New York Public Libraries this summer, kids and teens will get to participate in a giveaway of half a million books.

Drop by neighborhood NYPL locations in the Bronx, Manhattan, or Staten Island anytime to choose between 500,000 new and diverse tomes: they’re to take home and keep forever, the idea being that “a lifelong love of reading—and your own home library—begin with choosing your first book.”

You can choose from an array of new paperback books by authors and featuring characters who reflect the rich multicultural diversity of New York City. And pick up a specially-designed NYPL bookplate to stick in your new book: “a gift from the library to you.”

Select locations will offer Spanish, Chinese, and Large Print titles. And all the books on offer are chosen by NYPL’s expert librarians, inspired by recommended reading lists.

There’s lots more to do at New York’s libraries this summer, with free events and programs for all ages, book giveaways, and an all-new ‘Make Waves’ program for kids and teens. Plus you can, of course, borrow books, music, and DVDs—now with no late fines.