Spring 2008

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Ramp Up Reading with the 2008 Statewide Summer Reading Program

Spring 2008 issue of Trustee

It’s time to get ready for the summer season, and the New York State Library is about to launch its Statewide Summer Reading Program for 2008 – CATCH THE READING BUG (grades K-6) and METAMORPHOSIS @ YOUR LIBRARY (teens).   

Library summer reading programs are vital to closing the achievement gap, and public libraries play an important role.  Research has shown that kids who participate in library summer reading programs don’t suffer the learning losses typical of the summer break.   Youngsters in less affluent communities where there are fewer opportunities to read and less exposure to books suffer greater losses than their counterparts in more affluent communities.  These losses add up year-by-year and are a major reason for growth in the academic gap between low-and high- income children.
Library programs like the 2008 New York Statewide Summer Reading Program let kids choose what they read and boost their learning potential. Studies show that reading for enjoyment helps children increase their vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.  The New York State Education Department has lauded the New York State Library’s Statewide Summer Reading Program as an example of an effective voluntary summer reading program and urged schools to consider the program instead of required summer reading assignments.  It’s an elegant and cost effective way to help prevent reading losses and help close the achievement gap.  Students K-12, as well as preschoolers, are invited to participate.

Last year, more than 1.3 million youngsters participated in the program.  This year’s goal is to get even more kids reading.  Now is the time to begin working with your public library director to promote the program to kids and their parents.  For more information go to the New York State Library’s web site at and click on “Statewide Summer Reading.”

The New York State Library’s Statewide Summer Reading Program is funded by temporary federal LSTA funds granted to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Science.  The NEW YORK LIBRARY INITIATIVE, the 2008 – 09 Regents proposal for better support for libraries of all types, would provide ongoing support for literacy and reading programs, including the statewide summer reading program.  The NEW YORK LIBRARY INITIATIVE is currently a bill before the legislature and the Executive. For more information on, go to and point to “Statewide Summer Reading.”

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