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Storytimes are plentiful online with celebrities, astronauts and authors reading books aloud. Even our own Greenburgh Police Department puts us to bed every night with a story! For a real treat, tune in to “ Mondays with Michelle Obama ,”a four-week series of videos that will feature Mrs. Obama reading aloud from beloved children’s books (through May 11). Check out our website for more recorded storytimes . With Frog and Toad celebrating their 50th anniversary , it’s the perfect time to celebrate reading by checking out our digital resources , attending one of our virtual programs or participating in our self-directed  1,000 Books before Kindergarten program.

All reading is good reading. Reading improves writing, vocabulary, grammar, spelling, and reading skills. That's right! Every time your child reads, they are becoming better readers but that doesn't mean you can't have fun:

  • Reading aloud to your pet and be rewarded with loving animal cuddles!
  • Spending time in the kitchen reading labels, ingredients, or recipes.
  • Creating a family book club: read the book, watch the movie, and don’t forget the popcorn!
  • Learning all the words to a song and have a karaoke party!
  • Designating a time when everyone in the home reads, and make it fun with flashlights and a blanket fort.
  • Finding a favorite place to read at home, and spend time there each day.
  • Deciding on a book to read with a friend or family member, whether in person or apart!
  • Joining a virtual book club or follow a YA book blogger!
  • Finding how-to instructions to try something new like a craft, recipe, or DIY project.

Here are some books that we are having fun reading and that you can find in our eLibrary !
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
- Miss Nicole
Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
- Miss Jen
by Shel Silverstein - Miss Lois
- Miss Marina
Avatar by Gene Luen Yang
- Miss Liz
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
- Miss Joanna
Look out for some of our upcoming reading-related youth programming:

A traditional storytime read aloud with various age-group books read to your little ones LIVE online! Register to receive a Zoom link. For children ages 0 - 8.

R.E.A.D, Wednesday, May 13, 4 pm
Bring a snack, a pen/pencil, a piece of paper and a good book that's making you happy! Register to receive a Zoom link. Grades 4-6.
Join us for an online book discussion of Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry, available as an eBook with unlimited copies through Hoopla . Register to receive a Zoom link. Grades 2-3.

One-on-one tutoring from fellow teens on all subjects, homework, and test prep. Contact at to request a Teen Tutor.

Learn the basics of creating a character in Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition! Register to receive a Zoom link . Grades 8-12.
Contact for help with your library card.
TumbleBook Library is a great way to boost your child’s literacy, preliteracy, and technological skills in a fun and engaging way!  It is a free resource that contains over 1100 titles for grades K-6. Their library includes animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels!

Check out Niche Academy's TumbleBook Library tutorial for more information!

A parent's guide to raising a lifelong reader, packed with practical ideas for engaging children of all ages in books, plus wonderful lists of books, arranged by age and subject matter, will keep the shelves stocked and young readers' interests high from birth through teens.

Learning to Read by Joycelin Brown Hulett
This book was designed to help parents help their children become proficient readers and writers. The book also can be used by professors and graduate students to help children who struggle with reading to become readers and writers.

Bob Books were developed to provide structure and success for children learning to read, and encourage the joy of reading through simplicity, consistency, and warmth. These carefully graduated books introduce reading sounds logically and progressively. The success of Bob Books lies in the millions of proud new readers who have said, "I read the whole book!"

How Do You Read to a Rabbi t by Andrea Wayne von Konigslow
Ever tried reading to an alligator? Probably not. After all, he would most likely eat your book. How about a bat? Maybe that’s not such a good idea either—you’d have to read upside down in the dark! 

Accomplished storytellers Kate Messner and Mark Siegel chronicle the process of becoming a reader: from pulling a book off the shelf and finding someone with whom to share a story, to reading aloud, predicting what will happen, and-finally-coming to The End. This picture book playfully and movingly illustrates the idea that the reader who discovers the love of reading finds, at the end, the beginning.
Site Word Practice (Better Reading Skills) These books discuss what sight words are, and how important the understanding of this key reading concept is. Unlike other educational materials available in school, this book utilizes a powerful combination of pictures, colors and select texts. 

Reading Maps by Ann H Matzke
Maps help you learn about new places or places near where you live.

Reading the Newspaper by Dawn McMillan
Newspapers are full of data, including graphs and tables pertaining to weather, lifestyle, currency, sports, and more! 

Discover Reading a non-fiction series on a variety of topics for emerging readers

Highlights for Children Reading Quest is a themed anthology series made up of the most popular stories from Highlights as picked by kids themselves!

The Reading Rocks! series offers young readers books they'll love. Packed with fast-paced text and cool photos, these books feature today's most exciting topics. This high-interest, high-energy series will encourage kids to put down those handheld electronic games and turn off the TV...and pick up a book instead!

Guys Read Series’ mission is "to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers" by bringing attention to the issue, promoting the expansion of what is called "reading" to include materials like comic books, and encouraging grown men to be literacy role models.
Reading with the Stars A Celebration of Books and Libraries
Fourteen of the biggest names in America offer their thoughts on why literature is important and how books have touched their lives.

Awards a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

Awarded to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.

 FREE comics & graphic novels with your library card.
Read to Your Bunny by Rosemary Wells   
Young Freddy Bunny is having trouble learning in school, but he'd rather play video games and watch TV anyway. With encouragement and support from his teacher and the Book Fairy, his parents start reading to him twenty minutes a day, and in no time he becomes a happy book-loving super student.

Tween and up
This book is filled with great ideas on how to use note taking and close reading to ensure you ace your next test!

Listen to stellar audiobooks!
Preschool and up
Check out one of Hoopla Digital 262 read-along videos of children’s picture books!

Librarian Molly McGrew introduces birds and beasts to the wonders of reading. And in no time, they are "forsaking their niches, their nests, and their nooks, and "going wild, simply wild, about wonderful books!"

Super Why!  makes reading an empowering adventure by using interactive literacy games that need YOU to play. In SUPER WHY reading is power!
Cal is not the reading type, but that book woman keeps visiting. This is the moving story of the Pack Horse Librarians, whose bravery and commitment helped rural children find something wonderful in books!
Reading is just as important in science as any other subject of study. This skill-based program explores reading in the context of science. Special emphasis is placed on reading informational text and vocabulary development as outlined in the ELA Common Core Standards.

Did you know that Braille is a form of print that helps blind people read? Join Joel Greene as he learns how a Braille Publisher makes Braille books.
Print MadLibs , the interactive story that you add words to, or play it on your phone - either way, you'll have a great time reading the story you wrote together aloud!
More Online
ABCmouse : Educational Games, Books, Puzzles & Songs for children ages 2–8+, with more than 8,500 activities that teach reading, math, science, health, social studies, art, and music.

Rocket Like Mae Jemison Learn about Mae Jemison and then create a paper rocket with you picture inside. For preschool through second grade, this activity highlights both math and non-fiction comprehension skills.

Wide Open School provides tips and activities for home education, supports teachers, relieves families, and restores community. For PreK - high school.

Reading Worksheets & Printables  A variety of fun worksheets on reading topics including early letter recognition, sight words, fluency, and comprehension. Our top pick goes to Alphabet Dot-to-Dot Dog House! B eginning readers can practice recognizing letters with this alphabet dot-to-dot dog house and then color it in!

25 Activities for Reading and Writing Fun   for toddlers through sixth graders.

Bookshare connects students, adults, seniors, veterans and other individuals with print disabilities to unlimited books and reading tools. Free to people with qualifying conditions.

If You See It, Read It Everyday literacy ideas to improve student achievement in reading and literacy by providing parents with knowledge and skill to deliver daily activities.

Walter Awards honor and celebrate diverse books written by diverse authors for l iterature that reflects and respects the lives of all young people.