September 29, 2008 2:37:25 PM PDT
THE NEW YORK TIMES ANNOUNCES FOURTH ANNUAL 'GREAT READ' TO BE HELD SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5 The fourth annual New York Times Great Read will be held rain or shine on Sunday, Oct. 5. The day-long celebration will feature two distinct events: The Great Children's Read, a free celebration of reading featuring live entertainment for children and families, presented by Target and held at Columbia University; and The Great Literary Brunch, featuring several best-selling authors and held at TheTimesCenter, The Times's performance venue in its new headquarters in Times Square.

A list of Favorite New York City Stories was specially selected this year by children's librarians from the three public library systems of New York City: Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library and Queens Library. Celebrities from film, TV and Broadway will read from the 20 books on the list at The Great Children's Read.

Featured entertainment at the Target Children's Stage this year will include performances by Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players, author and illustrator John Bemelmans Marciano, Christian Hainsworth, Playhouse Disney's "Johnny and the Sprites," Jane O'Connor, Playhouse Disney's "Choo-Choo Soul," Jacky Davis & David Solomon, Peter Howe, Matthew Reinhart, Common, They Might Be Giants, Laurence Yep and Yo Gabba Gabba!. There also will be a performance and signing by American singer-songwriter and actress Lisa Loeb. The Target Children's Stage is part of Target's national initiative, Ready. Sit. Read!, a program that fosters a love for reading at an early age. Admission to The Great Children's Read at Columbia University is free and open to the public. Columbia University is located in Manhattan at Broadway & 116th Street.

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