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NYC Reads 365: How to Promote NYC Reads 365 to Parents

NYC Reads 365 is a citywide reading initiative sponsored by the NYC Department of Education, recommending books hand-picked by NYC school librarians.

How to Promote NYC Reads 365 to Parents and Families


  1. Your Library Website/Newsletter

  2. PTA meetings and collaborating with Parent Coordinators

  3. Workshops

  4. Family Literacy Night

  5. Bilingual Resources

Promote NYC Reads 365 on Your Library Website and in Your Newsletter

Speak at PTA meetings and Collaborate with Parent Coordinators

Make life easier for the PTA leaders and Parent Coordinators by providing valuable content for their parent meetings.

  • Do book talks during PTA meetings. Provide parents with NYC Reads 365 handouts.
  • Share reading lists with the Parent-Teacher coordinator that she/he can present to PTA
  • Partner with your local public librarian to do outreach to parents.

Offer Workshops in Your Library Aimed at Parents and Families

  1. Launch a joint student/parent book club

  2. Create a drop-in program to present NYC Reads 365 to parents during Back-to-School night. Raffle a home library collection or offer a free book giveaway.

  3. Offer a "Know What Your Kids are Reading” workshop for parents

  4. Give parents handouts and links to helpful information about how to encourage their kids to read for fun

Plan a Family Literacy Night

Hosting a Family Literacy Night in your library or school's auditorium is a great way to get the whole family involved in reading for fun. Here are some tips to help you:

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