Description & History

You can make a difference! Street Libraries engage children and parents around books, new technologies, and art in neglected, under-resourced communities. The format is simple: colorful blankets on the ground, a communal time of reading and stories, followed by an activity promoting discovery, highlighting skills, and encouraging creative expression.

It is a small act, but it can make a real difference in people's lives, and we can't do it without your help. We're looking for dedicated, friendly, and creative volunteers to assist at our New York City Street Libraries on the streets in Ocean Hill Brooklyn and at a family residence in Jamaica Queens.

We rely on volunteers' help in preparing the activities and learning from the day's experiences as well as facilitating activities with the children and families. The street library in Brooklyn is on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. In Queens, the street library is on Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

We're looking for people who love working with children and/or families and who have the energy and patience to make each Street Library a memorable experience. This is a great opportunity especially for those interested in social work, library sciences, non-profits and Non-Government Organizations, or elementary or secondary education, though we encourage y0u to bring your strengths from any field of study or career. If you are interested, please contact Abby or Alvenia at 212-228-1339. Thank you! 

About the organization

ATD Fourth World Movement

Abby Grosslein
Project Coordinator
Alvenia Hutton
Project Coordinator
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