Reading Room is closed for the 2022 season and will return April 2023.
With a storied history in the park, the Reading Room provides the use of books, newspapers, and magazines in the park during warm weather months. You'll also find a robust schedule of literary events, including Books on Broadway, Authors, BookClub, Poetry, StoryTime, and much more!
Writopia Lab Worldwide Plays Festival
Sunday, May 22, 9:30am – 5pm
Festival of one-act plays written by 6–18-year-olds – all produced, directed, and acted by NYC professionals.
Books on Broadway
May 17, 19, 24, 26, June 7, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Backstage look at books starring on Broadway.
Hosted by Ilana Levine, Actress and Podcaster, Little Known Facts with Ilana Levine
June 20 – August 22 (no program July 4)
Mondays, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Bonus Reel Talks: Aug. 15, 2pm-3:30pm
Talks on movies, the culture of cinema, and filmmaking.
Hosted by Film Connoisseur Scott Adlerberg
June 29 – August 31
Wednesdays, 10:30am – 11:30am
Meowsic and stories with Cali Co Cat, for ages 2 - 8.
Saturdays & Sundays, June 25 – August 28 (no program July 2&3)
12pm – 1:30pm
Music, magic, puppet shows, and science projects too. Weekends on the Upper Terrace. Arts & Crafts with Kelsey to follow.
June 7 – September 6
Award-winning poetry by established and emerging poets throughout the summer.
June 14, July 12, August 9: 3pm-4pm
Graphic Novel BookClub
June 28, July 26, August 23: 3pm-4pm
All BookClub events produced in partnership with Penguin Random House Library Marketing. Free books while supply lasts.
June 15 – August 24 (no program July 6)
Authors offer advice and discuss their latest books.
July 6 – August 31
Wednesdays, 7pm – 8pm
History as seen through the eyes of preeminent authors.
Produced in partnership with New-York Historical Society
July 7, 14, August 4, 11, 18, 25
Thursdays, 6:30pm – 8pm
Workshops geared to improve your writing skills.
Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers
Writers Workshop Teens
Essay-writing tips for high-schoolers and the college bound.
Produced in partnership with Writopia Lab