Early Literacy Initiatives

Early Literacy Initiatives in NY's public library systems

Other state initiatives

National best practices

Ready to Read at New York Libraries logoEarly Literacy Initiatives in New York's Public Library Systems


  • The Child's Placeexternal link opens in a new window at the Brooklyn Public Library is an inclusive environment that provides unique programs for children with and without disabilities from birth to age five.
  • The First Five Yearsexternal link opens in a new window is a program across Brooklyn's 60 branches that offers young children and families the opportunity to read together, play together, and learn together in a fun and rich environment.
  • City’s First Readersexternal link opens in a new window – initiative by the New York City Council, partnering with the Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Library, and New York Public Library, to provide resources that support early reading development for children birth through age 5
  • Finger Lakes Library System – The Aurora Free Library and the Hazard Library Association offer http://www.readytoread.us/external link opens in a new window, a website offering web-based services for families raising young children to be successful readers.  Content is updated weekly.
  • Mohawk Valley Library System – Start With Science kitsexternal link opens in a new window are programs designed for use by librarians, preschool, daycare, and school personnel to promote science and reading literacy skills among children ages four and five.
  • Monroe County Library System – The National League of Cities Educational Alignment for Young Children in Rochester was part of a national initiative aiming to ensure that more children are succeeding in school and reading at grade level by the end of third grade. The program ended in 2016.

Please send us a link to early literacy initiatives at your library/library system to add to this page.

Sharon Phillips is the Project Director for
Ready to Read at New York Libraries. For more information,
contact Sharon at 518-486-4863; Fax: 518-486-5254.
Last Updated: May 24, 2017 -- asm