Story Time!


Katonah Reading Room is announcing our book event series, “Diverse Voices Story Time” (via zoom).  The Reading Room is launching this initiative to put diverse faces and diverse books in front of families in an effort to promote community and understanding. We feel that especially now, with so many kids learning from home, creating a space where they see new faces, come to understand different life experiences, and have some FUN with reading, is of the utmost importance.  Kids are missing out on shared interactions, they are missing important social growth, and are tending to spend time only with their families, making their worlds very small.

The Reading Room will offer customers the opportunity to purchase the story time book choices ahead (support your local bookstore and our programming), a portion of the proceeds will go to each reader’s choice of charity (support great non-profits), and kids will be able to find a new favorite book, pick up their book in a fun space, and their parents will get an activity to look forward to that is new and engaging and lovely! Wins all around. 

To purchase books or get on the list for story time updates, text the Reading Room at 914.334.8019! If you are not local but would like to order the books, you can purchase online through our shop on  No purchase needed to join the story time, but if you can afford to support our bookstore and the charity in this way, we hope you will – plus what a great way to get diverse books on your children’s shelves! Links to the zoom will go live (links on this page) at 5:50pm for the 6pm story time. Past events are posted below so you can watch any time!

April 21, 2021 at 6pm. Reader: Veronica McFall
Zoom link: click here

Join reader AND author Veronica McFall for a reading of A Visit to the Bahamas from A to Z by Veronica McFall. And we are hoping for a special zoom guest from the Bahamas with some fun music!  Book proceeds will benefit the One Eleuthera Foundation

READERS WANTED!  If you’d like to learn more and offer to be a reader, email us! We want to include as many voices and stories as possible!!!! The reader for each story time picks the books that they want to read and the charity they would like proceeds to be donated to — so it’s also a great way to support and get attention for your favorite charities. Readers can read in our space, or on zoom if they can’t get here in person.

To view more great titles we carry with diverse characters, click here.

Past Story Times for you to read along!

Reader: Gloria Harrison
Click here to view the recording
Gloria’s Book Choices: “Hair Love” and “I Love Being Me, Uniquely Me”
Charity: Hard Candy & Fruit Snacks Social Justice Scholarship

Reader: Kaori Nakamura
Click to view recording

Kaori Nakamura’s book choices: “Ninja Boy’s Secret” and “Time for Bed, Miyuki”
Charity: Seido Juku Benefit Foundation

April 7, 2021 at 6pm. Reader: Samantha Holcman
Recording: click here to listen
Samantha Holcman’s book choices: “Sulwe” and “Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes”
Charity: Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America – LEDA –





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