New York Public Library presents Making Books Sing’s IF YOU REALLY LOVE POLAR BEARS… Summer Tour


Making Books Sing’s IF YOU REALLY LOVE POLAR BEARS tells the story of Patchy, a little boy who loves polar bears and learns about the important role he can play saving the earth. The 30-minute performance incorporates music, puppetry and physical comedy to educate children about climate change and its impact on animal habitats. ConEdison sponsored a five-borough tour in winter 2011 to family audiences at various cultural institutions across New York City.

IF YOU REALLY LOVE POLAR BEARS was created in association with the Wildlife Conservation Society and premiered at the Bronx Zoo in spring 2011.

“The library is honored to participate in the Making Books Sing Summer Tour. We are grateful for the opportunity to educate and entertain our patrons on such important topics as literacy and the environment,” says Julia Chang of the New York Public Library. “Students of all ages are sure to enjoy the wonderfully-creative performance that will be featured in NYPL branches throughout the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island.”

The NYPL serves some 16 million patrons who come through its doors annually; in addition, the Library’s website,, welcomes 28 million visitors annually from more than 200 countries.

Performances of IF YOU REALLY LOVE POLAR BEARS are FREE to families and best for children ages 3 and up.

Making Books Sing’s IF YOU REALLY LOVE POLAR BEARS will tour to 22 New York Public Library branches in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island.

Bronx locations and times:

Thurs., June 28
3:30 pm
Clason’s Point Branch
1215 Morrison Avenue (near Westchester Ave.)
Bronx, NY 10472

Mon., July 9
2:00 pm
Van Nest Branch
2147 Barnes Avenue (near Pelham Parkway South)
Bronx, NY 10462

Wed., July 11
3:30 pm
Morris Park Branch
985 Morris Park Avenue (between Radcliff and Colden Aves.)
Bronx, NY 10462

Mon., July 16
4:00 pm
High Bridge Branch
78 West 168th Street (at Woodycrest Ave.)
Bronx, NY 10452

Wed., July 25
3:00 pm
Woodstock Branch
761 East 160th Street (west of Prospect Ave.)
Bronx, NY 10456

Thurs., July 26
3:00 pm
Tremont Branch
1866 Washington Avenue (at E. 176th St.)
Bronx, NY 10457

Thurs, August 23
4:00 pm
Bronx Library Center
310 East Kingsbridge Road (at Briggs Avenue)
Bronx, NY 10458

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