Police Commissioner to Read to Kids at Village Library

By Danielle Tcholakian on March 5, 2014 9:28am 

 Bill Bratton reading to the press from "Your Police" the day Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his appointment as police commissioner.
Bill Bratton reading to the press from "Your Police" the day Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his appointment as police commissioner.
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GREENWICH VILLAGE — Police Commissioner Bill Bratton will read aloud to children at the New York Public Library's Jefferson Market branch Wednesday afternoon.

The commissioner — who often points to his childhood discovery of a book called "Your Police" at the Boston Public Library as the start of his passion for law enforcement — will be part of a special event in honor of World Read Aloud Day, officials announced.

The reading program at Jefferson Market Library will kick off at 4:30 p.m., a New York Public Library official said.

Bratton will be joined by local children's and young adult book author Jacqueline Woodson. The event at Jefferson Market Library is free and open to the public.

World Read Aloud Day was started by nonprofit LitWorld and is meant to draw attention to the global problem of illiteracy. Elsewhere in the city, Scholastic will host a busload of children from P.S. 46 in Harlem. Author R.L. Stine, accompanied by Clifford the Big Red Dog, will read aloud to the children, who will get to travel to the event in a Gray Line double-decker bus donated for the day.

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