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Chatham Square Library

Best collection of Chinese children's books

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Photograph:Andrea Nicolay/NYPL

Chatham Square Library

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Photograph: Virginia Rollison

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Photograph: Virginia Rollison

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Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Chatham Square Library

The branch at the crossroads of Chinatown and the Lower East Side is home to a spacious, high-ceilinged second-floor children's room and the largest collection of Chinese books for kids in the city. Young readers can choose from 15,000 volumes, including fiction, nonfiction, folktales and a slew of colorful picture books bound to appeal to even non-Chinese-speaking tots. The library's calendar is filled with offerings for all ages: preschool reading and film series, storytime for toddlers, and, for bigger kids, read-aloud programs, video-game-equipped computers, Wii sessions and book talks on such subjects as historical fiction—plus special events like concerts, magic shows and Irish step-dancing. 33 East Broadway at Catherine St (212-964-6598, nypl.org).

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