Together—Book Talk for Kids and Parents

Together—Book Talk for Kids and Parents is a reading and discussion program for families from the New York Council for the Humanities. Parents and their 9- to 11-year-old children come together at their local library to discuss important humanities themes through shared reading. This program is available to all New York State public libraries and has been successfully implemented in libraries in a wide range of communities throughout the state.

The six 90-minute Together sessions are co-facilitated by a librarian (usually the children’s librarian) and a local humanities scholar. Each session promotes lively intergenerational discussion focused on themes of American identity related to picture books and novels. The Council provides copies of the books and a $1000 stipend to cover all costs of the Together program.

Applications to host a Together series are available at The website guides you through the application process with forms, common questions, and follow-up documents. Please note that funds may not be available to fulfill all requests. The deadline for fall 2014 series is August 1, 2014.

To find out more about the Together program, please register for one of our free webinars!
These one-hour webinars will introduce the Together program, review the application process, and give you the opportunity to ask questions. (To participate you will need a computer with an internet connection and a phone.) Webinars will take place on July 11 at 11:00 am and July 16 at 4:00 pm. Register here!

If you have any questions about the Together program, contact Erika Halstead at

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New York State Library

Summer Reading at New York Libraries is funded in part through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department.