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Reading Everywhere Program Demonstrates the Value of Reading

Literacy Inc. (LINC) is an early literacy organization dedicated to spreading the joy of reading throughout communities across New York City. The main goal of our organization is to support young readers by partnering with schools, libraries and community-based organizations to build literacy-rich neighborhoods.

One of our main programs, the Reading Everywhere Program, focuses on setting up reading corners in different locations such as libraries, parks, and even bakeries to demonstrate the value and fun of reading. This month, LINC is celebrating BIRD (Be Into Reading Daily) month, where each story read during November centers around a specific bird.

On November 4, one of our Community Coordinators, Rosalind, hosted an exciting Reading Everywhere Program at the Stapleton Branch of the New York Public Library in Staten Island where she read a book and held an activity about penguins.


Rosalind reads The Emperor’s Egg to an excited group of youngsters. The book tells the story of the Emperor’s penguin, sharing facts about how they live and what they do to survive in Antarctica.

Rosalind reads The Emperor’s Egg to an excited group of youngsters. The book tells the story of the Emperor’s penguin, sharing facts about how they live and what they do to survive in Antarctica.


At the end of the book, Rosalind engages the kids by asking them different questions and describing an activity where they will write and illustrate their own stories about a penguin.

At the end of the book, Rosalind engages the kids by asking them different questions and describing an activity where they will write and illustrate their own stories about a penguin.


The kids work hard creating their own penguin books, incorporating facts they learned into their stories.

The kids work hard creating their own penguin books, incorporating facts they learned into their stories.


Two star readers, Cierra and Alexander proudly display their finished penguin books!

Two star readers, Cierra and Alexander proudly display their finished penguin books!


LINC hosts the Reading Everywhere program in all five boroughs of New York. For dates, times and locations of where you can join us for one of our programs, visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/literacyinc.

Aliza Chudnow is the Communications Manager for Literacy Inc., a nonprofit organization that focuses on spreading a love of reading and building early literacy skills for New York City children.

For more information, contact Aliza at achudnow@lincncy.org.

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