Park and Read

A captivating summer read-aloud program aimed at fostering a love for reading in young children, is set to take place in picturesque Westchester County Parks.

This engaging initiative, organized by Westchester County Director of Programs and Policies, Childcare and Education Roseanne Finizio in collaboration with the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival.

The program will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays and feature interactive storytelling sessions in both English and Spanish. Experienced and noteworthy storytellers will bring stories to life, creating a vibrant and immersive environment for youngsters 3 to 6 years old and families to enjoy.
Advance registration is encouraged, walk-ins are welcome if space allows. The summer schedule for the Park and Read Program is as follows: Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • Tuesdays: July 9, 16, 23 and 30; Aug. 6 and 13
    Location: Lenoir Preserve
    Venue: At the fire circle
    Address: 19 Dudley Street, Yonkers, NY 10701 (directions)

  • Wednesdays: July 10, 17, 24 and 31; Aug. 7 and 14
    Location: Saxon Woods Park
    Venue: Grass area adjacent to children's playground (Pavilion held for inclement weather)
    Address: 1800 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605 (directions)

  • Thursdays: July 11, 18 and 25; Aug. 1, 8 and 15
    Location: Kensico Dam Plaza
    Venue: Grass area outside of office
    Address: 1 Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla, NY 10595 (directions)

Children must be accompanied by a guardian. Admission is free. Westchester County residency rules apply.

For more information about the Park and Read program, please email  or call (914) 995-2501.

About the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival: The Chappaqua Children's Book Festival is an annual event held in Chappaqua, NY, that celebrates children's literature and authors. With a mission to inspire a love for reading and learning, the festival brings together authors, illustrators and families for a day filled with literary activities, book signings and storytelling sessions.