Jasmin, a student in the Bronx

Interactive programs for infants and toddlers are hugely popular.

Interactive programs for infants and toddlers are hugely popular.

300,000

Number of children in New York City who need a spot in an after-school program

I come from school and do my homework in the Belmont Library because it's peaceful and I'm less likely to get distracted. This is where I go to look for books and where I get my research for papers for school. Everyone is so welcoming, and it feels safe to be in this library and it's clean. To me basically it's a safe heaven, a place where I just can catch a breather and read a good book because that's what I like to do.