Spring 2013

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Summer Reading at New York Libraries

Spring 2013 issue of Trustee

Summer Reading at New York Libraries is an annual program that brings children and families into local public libraries for reading and activities. Over 1.74 million New York children and teens participated in this State Library-sponsored program in 2012. The State Library supports high quality summer reading programs that encourage reading and the use of public library resources all summer long. Studies show that library summer reading programs raise student learning levels and help prevent learning losses during the summer months. When Library Trustees recognize, support and promote the value of their library’s summer reading program to their community, everyone in the community benefits.

The State Library coordinates the New York statewide program, Summer Reading at New York Libraries. New York is part of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), a national cooperative where all state members work together to pool reading resources and programming ideas, select the yearly theme and artwork, and design summer reading promotional materials to share with public libraries across the country. The State Library works with the 23 public library systems throughout the state to bring CSLP high quality resources, as well as other New York State resources, to all 1,100 public libraries and neighborhood branches. This enables each public library to create a unique summer reading program geared towards its local community. Local libraries partner with local organizations and schools to help promote and create the program. Library staff helps children select reading materials and provide literacy-enhancing programs such as storytelling, music, creative arts, and performances.

In addition to the resources and promotional materials provided through CSLP, the New York State Library provides the following resources to all of New York’s public libraries.

The State Library’s Summer Reading website provides all libraries with downloadable summer reading artwork, additional school and early literacy partnering manuals, New York State themed recreational reading lists, a summer reading research brief, and other library professional summer reading information and resources.
The Summer Reading at New York Libraries official website contains a wealth of resources that libraries can share with children, teens, and families to enrich their local summer reading program offerings.
The State Library also offers free statewide access to Summer Reader, an online registration tool developed by Evanced Solutions, to New York’s public libraries and neighborhood branches. This software tool allows children to participate regardless of where their summer travels take them, enables libraries to further enhance summer reading programs and to streamline the collection and reporting of data on program participation and related activities.

Summer Reading at New York Libraries is a growing program and is always reaching out to include more children and families. The State Library maintains partnerships with the New York State Legislature to promote summer reading as well as partnerships with statewide organizations so that each public library can take advantage of the resources they offer. These organizations include: 4-H, New York State Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Hunger Solutions New York, Together Book Club, etc.

Ask your library director how you can help promote community engagement with the library for Summer Reading at New York Libraries, and of course, for all year long!

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