The Reading Circle is an ongoing program that encourages children to read and continue learning during the summer months when they are not in school. Guest authors and community volunteers read to the children for about 10 weeks each summer. Librarian Paul McIntosh is the foundation of the program and a favorite of the children.
Authors and Children’s Entertainers Sammy and Tudie come back every year and share some laughs and life lessons.
Little Free Libraries
The little Free Libraries are two outdoor structures installed near the playground at West 124th street between Fifth Avenue and Mount Morris Park West. They are the corner stone of the Reading Circle Program which is designed to promote literacy and early reading. One Library is for children and early readers. The other library is for young adult readers ages 8 years old and up. In July and August we distributed approximately 225 books each week to children. With help from Urban Innovations our community partner we are collecting books and maintaining the libraries daily. The stewards from Urban Innovations have been a critical component to the success of this program.
Artist Ron Islar
Ron Islar painted the library that houses books for younger children. He is a self taught Harlem artist and chose to render the historic fire watchtower on one side and the world trade center on the other side to emphasize the importance of architectural landmarks to communities.
Artist Andrew John Dyck
Andrew Dyck painted the second library which houses books for slightly older children 8 years old and up. Andrew is a mural artist and chose to create one of a kind characters that incorporate pages of a book into the design. You can meet Andrew in person by stopping by Artist & Craftsman Supply Harlem.
Coming Spring 2017 a third Little Free Library will be installed and will hold books for grown ups. Artist Susan Stair is currently designing the library.