Bronx Children’s Museum Donates Sonia Manzano’s “The Lowdown on the High Bridge” to all Bronx Library Branches

The Bronx Children’s Museum has donated copies of Sonia Manzano’s book The Lowdown on the High Bridge: The Story of How New York City Got Its Water to each of the more than 30 Bronx branches of the New York Public Library and the borough bookmobile.

On Saturday, August 28, Ms. Manzano, best known for her portrayal of “Maria” on Sesame Street, will do a virtual read-aloud of the book as part of the Library’s Learning 2021 Celebration Day. The day celebrates a summer of reading, learning, and having fun. There will also be music, dance, science, and two special editions of KidsLIVE, featuring ballet dancer Misty Copeland, Ms. Manzano and author Denene Millner.

“We’re excited to have Ms. Manzano participate in Learning 2021 Celebration Day—and so grateful for the Bronx Children’s Museum’s donation of books for our Bronx library patrons. The Library is dedicated to sparking a love of reading in children that will benefit them for life, and this partnership certainly supports that mission. We thank the Museum for its generous contribution and for strengthening a partnership with us that brings together community organizations, parks, historic landmarks, libraries, and most importantly, children.” said NYPL President Anthony W. Marx. 

Ms. Manzano believes, “Every day should be a Learning Celebration Day! I’m happy to be part of this one and to share this book about my beloved Bronx. Thank you New York Public Library and Bronx Children’s Museum.”

The Lowdown on the High Bridge tells the history of New York City’s oldest standing bridge, which served as the final leg of the City’s water supply aqueduct. The book was created by the Museum with Ms. Manzano, along with illustrator Noelle S. Gibbons, to celebrate the 2016 reopening of the High Bridge as a public walkway after more than 40 years. The book is part of an ongoing, comprehensive program offered by the Museum which began as a mobile exhibit and is currently in five schools in the Highbridge.

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