My City Park

The New York Public Library (NYPL), The mission of The New York Public Library is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities.

WHAT?
The New York Public Library will present Making Books Sing’s new touring production My City Park, for children ages 3-10. When Milo finds out that his favorite city park is going to be torn down and replaced with a shopping mall, he seeks out the help of his two best friends, Odessa the Owl and Bucky the Squirrel. This 45-minute educational performance, written by Brooke Boertzel and Melissa Gordon of Making Books Sing’s Education Department, features puppetry, original songs, and audience participation.

My City Park promotes the value of shared green community spaces within urban settings through songs that celebrate New York City! Children will learn how much trees and nature contribute to our overall physical, mental and emotional well-being.  Nature is important for everyone, but people who live in cities, especially, need access to nature because they are more exposed to so many pollutants on a daily basis. Trees help to clean the air, and parks provide a place for city folks to exercise and de-stress. City parks also act as home to thousands of animals who depend on us to protect them! “Children can do a lot to preserve and maintain their city parks, and this original musical shows them how they can get involved,” says Brooke Boertzel about this exciting new project for children and families to enjoy.

Some of the live performances will take place as a part of NYPL’s Summer Reading program. Following this summer tour, My City Park will go on to present in schools and community centers in all five boroughs of NYC during the 2013-14 school year.

WHERE & WHEN?

Belmont Library, 610 E. 186th Street (at Hughes Ave.)
(718) 933-6410
Thur, June 13; 4pm

Melrose Library, 910 Morris Avenue (at E. 162nd St.)
(718) 588-0110
Tue, July 9; 2pm

City Island Library, 320 City Island Avenue (between Bay & Fordham Sts.)
(718) 885-1703
Fri, Aug 9; 3pm

Bronx Library Center, 310 East Kingsbridge Road (at Briggs Avenue)
(718) 579-4244
Sat, Aug 10; 2pm

Pelham Bay Libray, 3060 Middletown Road (north of Crosby Ave.)
(718) 792-6744
Fri, Aug 23; 3pm

Spuyten Duyvil Library, 650 W. 235th St. (at Independence Ave.)
(718) 796-1202
Wed, Aug 28; 3pm

Baychester Library, 2049 Asch Loop North (north of Bartow Ave.)
(718) 379-6700
Fri, Aug 30; 3pm

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