2021 Summer Reading program at local public libraries begins

With the end of the school year, the New York State Education Department and the New York State Library are encouraging students and families to participate in the annual Summer Reading program.

Over 1,100 public libraries and branches are now open and ready to offer fun and exciting summer events and enrichment activities for students of all ages. The Summer Reading at New York Libraries program provides access to a wide variety of books and other resources, and offers creative and educational programs for children and teens to support summer learning and help prevent the “summer slide.”

Research shows that when children read and continue learning over the summer, they reinforce and build literacy skills, prevent summer learning loss, and prepare for a successful new school year. Whether it’s print books, e-books or audiobooks, or fun learning activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at their local library.

If you have any questions about Summer Reading, please contact the Summer Reading program manager, Sharon Phillips, at the New York State Library at Sharon.Phillips@nysed.gov or nyslyouth@nysed.gov.