Imagine a city that is so committed to all of its children having access to books, that they put their stories in the streets!  – Svante Myrick, Mayor, City of Ithaca

Stories in the Streets

Children’s Reading Connection, along with the City of Ithaca and the Ithaca City School District, is joining with community partners to present Stories in the Streets, a community-literacy initiative featuring a dozen beautiful books that bring us together in the streets of Ithaca, NY!

The vibrant and delightful stories are displayed in large format across the City of Ithaca so that children and families, and everyone, can walk along and enjoy them together. From city park fences to city school fences, from the Ithaca Farmers’ Market to the Ithaca Children’s Garden, there are stories to step into, even along with Purity Ice Cream cones!

Find All the Locations Here!Download a list of locations!
In a special collaboration, Story House Ithaca will be documenting a variety of read-aloud events at Stories in the Streets locations to help to tell the story of the community book magic sparked by Stories in the Streets.

Find the complete list of Stories in the Streets already up and still to come, as well as dates for Stories in the Streets Community Read-Alouds as they are scheduled, at Children’s Reading Connection’s facebook page:

Families are also encouraged to also enjoy the Stories in the Streets books at home!  Find the featured books to borrow at Tompkins County Public Library, and books to purchase at Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca.

In addition to the City of Ithaca and the Ithaca City School District, Stories in the Streets community partners include: Story House Ithaca, GIAC, Southside Community Center, Purity Ice Cream, Ithaca Farmers Market, Cayuga Waterfront Trail,  Ithaca Children’s Garden, The Learning Farm, Tompkins County Public Library, Buffalo Street Books, Fall Creek Elementary, Belle Sherman Elementary, Ithaca High School Athletics, Golden Opportunity, Arnot Realty, and Ithaca Guitar Works.

Stories in the Streets is a community-literacy initiative being developed and piloted by Children’s Reading Connection, a national literacy organization based in Ithaca, N.Y.. For more information, contact Brigid Hubberman at:, or call (607) 227-3360.

"Each of the Stories in the Streets is packed with language, literacy, learning, and love. They carry the hopes and dreams our schools and our city have for all of our children."
– Dr. Luvelle Brown, Superintendent, Ithaca City School District.


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