APDS and First Book, a non-profit providing affordable books to educators serving low-income families, have teamed up to donate 50 tablets to 2 community based organizations (CBO) funded by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) in time for the first day of their Cultivating Curiosity Summer 2016 programming.
APDS-donated tablets will allow 50 young people to take part in Storytellers, a DYCD program that introduces them to published and emerging NYC authors who share their love for reading and discuss how they create their stories with students. As part of the BookUp NYC + BoomWriter collaboration, students will create a unique chapter book together. The tablets will also allow the students to access thousands of e-books through Open e-Books, a partnership between First Book, Digital Public Library of America, and the New York Public Library, which is a part of the White House’s ConnectED initiative. The Open e-Books app contains thousands of popular and award-winning titles donated from publishers and made available for free for children from in-need households.