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Summer Reading at New York Libraries: Keep Kids Reading

Educators: Help your students improve skills through reading during the summer months.

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10 Ideas to Get Students Reading this Summer

  1. Encourage your students to get a library card at their local public library. It’s free!
  2. Show with students what YOU plan to read over the summer.
  3. Have students discuss and start a list of books they’d like to read during the summer.
  4. Does your local public library have online registration for Summer Reading? Spend an hour of class time to have students sign up!
  5. Invite a public librarian to talk about the summer reading program events and slogan: “Imagine Your Story” for children and teens.
  6. Collaborate with your school librarian to use books and other resources in your classroom to explore ideas for improving the community, environment, and the world as part of the “Imagine Your Story” summer reading theme.
  7. Invite local community members from different professions and organizations to your class as part of "Imagine Your Story."
  8. Connect with the local public library to find out about summer reading events and activities forstudents.
  9. Encourage your students to post about their summer reading experiences and share when they return to school in the fall.
  10. If your legislator offers a summer reading program, your students can join that and visit their local library to get the perks from both.

For information and educational activities check out Summer Reading at New York Libraries websites:
www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer
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Summer Reading at New York Libraries is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department and is funded through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Last Updated: January 15, 2020 -- sm