Why Sunday Story Hours Are Coming to the Whitney

Good morning. It’s Friday. Today we’ll look at why the Whitney Museum of American Art will have “story times” with librarians from the New York Public Library, starting on Sunday. We’ll also find out about a push to ban 24-hour shifts for home health care workers.

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The Whitney Museum of American Art will have monthly “story times” for children, starting on Sunday.

The Whitney’s holdings include the world’s largest collection of paintings by Edward Hopper and major works by Alexander Calder, Jasper Johns, Louise Nevelson and Georgia O’Keeffe, among many others. That is art to be seen, not read.

A read-along session is not what an art museum usually schedules for a busy weekend day. So why are three story time sessions — at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. — on the Whitney’s calendar?

Officials of the Whitney saw a gap they could fill when Sunday story times at libraries in New York City disappeared.

Sunday hours at libraries were doomed by budget cuts that Mayor Eric Adams announced in November to offset the unexpected cost of managing the migrant crisis.

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