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[NYLINE] launch of Summer Reading at New York Libraries

NEW YORK STATE SUMMER READING PROGRAM LAUNCHED

new york state library announces 2014 statewide effort

to keep kids reading

The New York State Library, partnering with 1,100 public libraries and neighborhood branches statewide, announced the launch of “Summer Reading at New York Libraries,” the 2014 New York State summer reading program. The annual program gives children the opportunity to access the vast resources of New York’s public libraries to support their summer reading.

More than 1.76 million children and teens statewide participated in last year’s summer reading program. Participants receive reading lists and engage in activities at their local libraries. At the end of the program, participants receive formal recognition for their reading achievement.

State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. noted that summer reading programs allow students to maintain educational advances. “The Board of Regents and I encourage students across New York to participate in summer reading programs at their local public libraries,” said Commissioner King. “As educators across the state continue to implement the Common Core Standards, it is important that students read during the summer. The Summer Reading at New York Libraries program, supported by the State Library in conjunction with our partners in the State Assembly and Senate, is a great opportunity for students to work on their reading skills throughout the summer and prepare for a successful school year.”

“Every parent and teacher knows how important reading is to a child’s education and how vital it is for success in every subject. The ‘Summer Reading at New York Libraries’ program provides families with an opportunity to reinforce the lessons that children have learned throughout the school year while providing them with a head start on the upcoming school year. I encourage parents to visit their local library to participate,” said Senator John Flanagan, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

“The summer reading program is a great resource for students,” said Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “I encourage both students and parents to take advantage of this wonderful program that will operate in many libraries across the state.”

“I encourage all families to participate in the 2014 Summer Reading Program,” said Senator Hugh T. Farley, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Libraries. “This is a wonderful program that is fun, exciting and educational for children, and it is offered by local libraries throughout the State. Our libraries offer numerous resources and programs for both children and their parents, and I hope that everyone spends time at their libraries this summer.”

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr., Chair of the Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology, urged students and their families to participate in the summer reading program together. “Taking advantage of the incredible resources our libraries have can help build brighter and stronger individuals and communities.”

For more information about

“Summer Reading at New York Libraries”, please visit www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer or http://www.summerreadingnys.org/