November 8, so it's the perfect opportunity to get your kids reaching for a book rather than the remote. Some children need some inspiration or a bit of a push to pick up a book on their own, especially with all the possible distractions around them. Whether you're encouraging your own children to read or other neighborhood kids, what you do on Young Readers Day could influence them for a lifetime.
It may not seem like you're making a difference by donating books, but for every one you donate, you're helping to put a book in the hands of a child who may not have been able to read it otherwise. Donate any books your kids no longer want to your local library, or if you're in NYC, you can bring them to the New York Public Library.
Start a program or donate your time
Due to the rough economy, some funding is being cut to libraries and reading programs, which means they're in danger of being eliminated. Consider starting a program where you collect books for neighborhood kids, go around to schools and read to the kids, or coordinate fundraisers for local libraries; it's a great project to start with other parents. Another option is to donate your time to a program that helps encourage children to read. Check Volunteer Match for more information on organizations in the NYC area.
Attend a class at the library
The New York Public Library hosts numerous kids programs. Some of the many they have on Young Readers Day include "Toddler Story Time," "Book Babies," "Preschool Story Time," and "Reading Aloud." They typically have each class available at various locations across the city at different times of the day.
Read to/with kids
On Young Readers Day, read to your kids, especially if you haven't done so in awhile. You can also ask them to pick their favorite book and have them read to you. It can be a great opportunity for some quality time together.
Buy new books
Treat your kids to some new books on November 8 if it's been awhile since you got them some new ones. To save extra money, visit your local library to see if they are selling any used books – you save money, your child gets new books, and you put money into the library. For new or used books, there are numerous bookstores across NYC including Strand on Broadway and Manhattan Books on Chambers Street. Barnes & Noble also has several locations throughout the city, some of which include one on Warren Street, East 17th Street, East 54th Street, and Fifth Avenue.
Celebrate Young Readers Day on November 8 by making any type of gesture that's going to encourage a child's love of reading. It won't even necessarily take a lot of your time and money. If it hadn't been for my mother encouraging me to read when I was young and taking me to the library whenever I wanted, I may have never developed into such an avid reader. You never know how big of an impact your seemingly small gesture can have.
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