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Child Friendly Resources

The Gottesman Libraries

Children’s Fiction Collection on the 3rd Floor

Teachers College, Columbia University

525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027

Office: (212) 678-3494

This is a great place for students with young children to take a break while on campus. The library on the 3rd floor is talk friendly, has shelves of children’s’ books, comfortable chairs and  working areas, and even an oversized teddy bear for kids to use as a beanbag chair.  “The Harvey Darton Collection, originally built by the scion of the Darton firm, contains an unmatched selection of early children’s works of the 17th through the 19th centuries. The Annie E. Moore collection of illustrated books furnishes superb examples of important types of illustrations, showing major changes in the ways art for children was conceived and reproduced; included are crude wood-cuts of early chapbooks and the work of eminent 19th century English and American artists.  The “W Collection” of over 2,400 items yields more rare works, including several hundred 18th and 19th century chapbooks; often published by Sunday school societies and other groups to encourage moral uplift, chapbooks provided stories intended to be inspirational, as well as amusing. These fine historical collections are complimented by a representative selection of children’s fiction from the first half of the 20th century, including award winning and notable picture books, fantasy, folklore, and other genres, in addition to selective foreign children’s books.”

New York Public Library

Morningside Heights Branch

2900 Broadway (at W. 113th St.), New York, NY 10025-7822

Phone: (212) 864-2530

NYPL offers tons of free programs for children including Toddler Story Time.  Click the above link and search for children’s programs.  Refine your search to reflect only the Morningside branch.

Book Culture on Broadway – Children’s Room

2915 Broadway at 114th Street, New York, NY 10025

Phone: (646) 403-3000

Hours: M-F 9-11, Sat 10-11, Sun 10-10

The neighborhood bookstore, offering the best in fiction and nonfiction, mysteries, cookbooks, graphic novels and more. The Children’s Room is overflowing with books & toys for all ages, each one thoughtfully selected by the owners. Stationery and fine gifts are also available.

The Children’s Room is open daily 10am-8pm

Story Time:

French Tuesday & Wednesday at 4pm

Spanish Friday at 3:30pm

English Saturday at 3:30pm

Go City Kids

This website has great resources for parents new to the Big Apple. You can find anything from activities for your family to babysitting. This site is powered byParentsConnect the same folks who bring you Noggin, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Nick@Nite and The N. Funun stuff for kids because they know how important it is to keep kids happy.  But they also know that kids aren’t the only ones who need stuff just for them, which is why they decided to create a space for parents too. You’re looking at it … and it’s all about you. Their motto is: We’re not perfect, we’re parents. And we mean it!

The network includes GoCityKids, the premier authority on local resources, favorites and activities for your family, and BabyNamesWorld, the most popular pregnancy destination on the Web and one of the top five family websites in the world. They help parents with kids of all ages: preconception through pregnancy, and baby through teen. And their community is growing bigger and bigger every day.