New York Public Library, Van Nest Branch

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New York Public Library, Van Nest Branch

Though the city's made up of five boroughs, it has just three public library systems. The largest—the NYPL—runs all libraries in Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx. Hours at the branches vary wildly, but all have a dedicated section of children's books, and many a separate room for the use of kids up to fifth grade. Storytimes, craft and cultural projects, and poetry writing workshops are just some of the offerings on tap; check the website ( for detailed information on each branch.


Venue name: New York Public Library, Van Nest Branch
Address: 2147 Barnes Ave

Cross street: between Lydig Ave and Pelham Pkwy
Opening hours: Mon–Wed 10am–6pm; Thu 11am–7pm; Fri, Sat 10am–5pm
Transport: Subway: 5 to Morris Park
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