MKG Editor Alison Stamas caught up with Colbert Nembhard,  the Manager of the Morrisania Library Branch  where Manhattan Kids Guide's "Lights Camera Read" event is being held at 3:30 pm Thursday, June 9th.  To view the Summer Reading Lists for 2011 click here.  SUMMER READING 2011

Morrisania Library

610 East 169th Street (at Franklin Ave.)
Bronx, NY 10456
(718) 589-9268
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Fully accessible to wheelchairs



The Summer Reading Program is a collaborative effort between the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library,  the Queens Public Library and schools of the Board of Education. This year’s theme is, One World, Many Stories.


1. What is the origin and purpose of the NYPL’s Summer Reading List?


The Summer Reading List was initiated by the New York Public Library.  The Summer Reading List and programs challenge students to continue their education through reading, writing, and special programs in a fun and relaxed environment. The Summer Reading List also allows students to maintain their reading levels over the summer.


2.      Do the lists vary from year to year?  Who decides what books make it onto the list?


The lists vary from year to year. The NYPL, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Public Library decide what books make it onto the list.


3.      Are there any books on this year’s list that you are particularly excited about or impressed with?


       I can truly say that I am impressed with all of the books on this year’s list. In   the Pre K-K section, I do like From Head to Toe by Eric Carle.


4.      Tell me about yourself. How long have you been a librarian? Why do you decide to become a librarian? What is considered good library etiquette?


I was born in Jamaica, West Indies. I migrated to the United States in 1975. I have a B.A. in Sociology and a MLS in Library Science. I became a librarian in 1988. I became a librarian because I am fascinated with books and I love to read everything. I also love to work with different age levels. I believe good library etiquette is to be polite to all the patrons that walk through the door and be ready to serve everyone regardless of their age, sex, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.


5.      Tell me about the Morrisania branch of the NYPL.  Is there anything that makes it unique to other branches?


The Morrisania Library holds a commanding position on McKinley Square in the South Bronx, an area that was originally farmland owned by Jonas Bronck, for whom the borough was named. The Morrisania Library was built in 1908 the 28th of the 39 Carnegie libraries constructed in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, and was designed by architects Babb, Cook, and Willard. The Branch is distinguished by huge arched windows and grand “imperial” staircase. We are fully accessible to wheelchairs. We are also a landmark status building. We are a two-floor branch with the Children’s room occupying the second floor and the Adult and Teens on the first floor. We have a rich collection of books and DVD’s and we do a host of afterschool programs.


6.      Do you have any suggestions for getting a child or adult interested in books if they aren’t already?


Doing book talks is one way to get a child or adult interested in books if they aren’t already.


7.      What are the benefits to reading as opposed to playing video games or watching tv?


       Reading is knowledge and knowledge is power.  When one reads he or she is able to gain a wealth of knowledge that tv and video games will not able to supply.  Reading also let one become articulate and also improves one’s vocabulary.  Constant reading also helps a child in school to do well on their reading tests.



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