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About The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library (NYPL) has been an essential provider of free books, information, ideas, and education for all New Yorkers for more than 100 years. Founded in 1895, NYPL is the nation’s largest public library system, featuring a unique combination of 88 neighborhood branches and four scholarly research centers, bringing together an extraordinary richness of resources and opportunities available to all.

Source: NYPL Official Website

Business Challenge

To increase community engagement in library programs and enhance the overall civic engagement in New York City.

Campaign Objective

​To develop and market a program to combat New York's City's illiteracy rates that will also increase patronage to NYPL branches and participation in their in person and online resources.

- Participation in literacy programs

- Library Card registration

- Use of technological resources to increase literacy skills​

- Social media followers for @NYPL & @NYPLTeens on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter


As an educator and life long learned, literacy is the key that unlocks the world. This campaign seeks to do that while strengthening NYC. 

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Appearances & Media Tour

Tools for





of the nation's population does not have the literacy skills to participate in family, work and community activities


New York City has the second-highest percentage of adults lacking basic literacy skills



of the New York City residents who need literacy education are receiving it


of adults in the in Bronx are illiterate

⬆︎Voting Turnout

Better educated adults vote in higher numbers than less educated adults

Source: Literacy Partners I Literacy New York

Why Cardi B?


9/11 and the COVID-19 pandemic both proved that no matter what, New Yorkers are going to stand up for and lift each other up. Cardi B is no different. She continues to rally for people from her city and her authentic nature allows her to be a relatable round the way girl.

  • Grammy, AMA, and MTV Video Award Winning International Superstar

  • Native New Yorker from The Bronx

  • Early 2010's: Gained fame from showcasing her authentic, loud, and entertaining personality on Vine and Instagram

  • 2015-2017: VH1 Love and Hip Hop NY regular cast member

Source: Cardi B Official Website

New York Times
New York Post
The Hollywood Reporter

Campaign Strategy

Target Audience



All Ethnic Backgrounds

Low Income

Ages 12-18



Young Adults


All Ethnic Backgrounds

Low Income

Ages 12-18


 Young Adults 

Pop Culture Fans


All Ethnic Backgrounds

-Listens to the Top 100

-Fans of Hip Hop/Rap, R&B, Pop, Reggaeton, Reggae/Soca

-Users of

Social Media


Pop Culture Fans

Core Messaging


All are welcome to read, learn, and explore through the power of literacy.


We can explore knowledge and grow stronger when we share in the experience.


We are New York Strong and improving our literacy skills ultimately improves our city.


Exploring literacy is a life long adventure.

Earned Media: Media List

Cardi b in the news

Earned Media


Print: Digital & Physical


Program Events

Literacy Education Workshops in All Boroughs



The events allow for various aspects of the NYC community to join forces, commune,  learn and grow together.


Large scale events will be open to both program participants and non participants to encourage engagement and bring community members and organizations together to fight for a stronger NYC through literacy.

Appearances & Media Tour

By being actively involved and having multiple pop ups, Cardi B will encourage participants to remain engaged in the program.

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By teaming up with local radio stations and Cardi's brand sponsorships the campaign widens its appeal and attracts more participants.


To incentivize engagement, participants will be entered into raffles based on their level of participation to win amazing prizes from local radio stations, Cardi B and her partners.

Closing Event


Bronx native Cardi B will bring friends from across the nation like Lizzo and Megan thee Stallion and super stars from NYC as well.


Fellow Bronx native, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Nicki Minaj and DJ Envy from Queens, Brooklyn's  own Joey Bada$$ will join the bill to show out and hold down their city.

With a line up like this, the concert will truly be

for the culture.


#ReadingforaStrongerNYC will culminate with a series of celebrations throughout NYPL branches. The main event being the Cardi B & Friends concert.


To earn their way in, event goers must have an active New York Public Library card and have actively participated in the #ReadingforaStrongerNYC program. 

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Participation in Literacy Programs & Technological Resources


increase in the number

of registrants & attendees

in literacy programs over

6 months

Social Media Presence 


in social media impressions


retweets on branded content and engagement on Twitter


Follower increase on Instagram & Facebook

Library Card Registration


increase in card registration from participants in the program over a 6 month span

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