- Thursday, June 9th at 330 pm at the Morissania Branch

Write a short story inspired by a book and maybe have it performed and videotaped by the Magic Neighbors troupe at next year's Lights Camera Read, plus win a Platinum Pia!

View below Summer Reading NYC's Lights Camera Read Launch from Last Year held at the New York Public Library branch in Inwood/Washington Heights Manhattan, New York, curated by Danita Nichols, Children's Librarian NYPL.





The Summer Reading Program is a collaborative effort between the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library,  the Queens Public Library and schools of the Board of Education. This year’s theme is, One World, Many Stories. 

Find out more about tips on getting your child to read, the origin of the Summer Reading Lists, Library etiquette and much much more by reading the exclusive interview with Morrisania Branch Librarian Colbert Nembhard here >>

Here are the Platinum Pias Award winning kids stories from last year's Lights Camera Read in Washington Heights/Inwood inspired by Summer Reading NYC books adapted to skit form so they can be dramatized live by the Magic Neighbors troupe while being filmed...Lights, camera, read!

This year the troupe will be performing in the South Bronx and consists of volunteers from "Stylists for Literacy" who will be doing hair for the humans in the show as well as acting in the performance themselves alongside puppets including Greenie Green, Heartina, Flowerina and Bernie Bunny.

As seen in, the publication shedding light on Middle Eastern Artists:

"Princess Sees the World"
Inspired by Eric Carle’s “Rooster’s Off to See The World”
by S. Gluckman, age 15

As seen in, the publication for learning the beauty and health arts:

The Twins that Could Only Frown
by Michael Schwartzman, 15 years old

As seen in, the publication empowering Bronx students and residents:

"The Pony Who Wanted To Skateboard" Written by A.J. Englebert
(age 2) with help from his Aunt
(Inspired by "The Carrot Seed" by Ruth Krauss)


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