Summer Reading at New York Libraries logoSuggestions for Promoting Your Library’s Summer Reading Program

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  • Advances literacy and academic performance by engaging children and teens in reading and reading related activities during the summer months.
  • Fosters a love of reading through public library programs and services.
  • Increases successful reading experiences through librarian supported, self-selected, voluntary reading.
  • Involves parents and all family members in the library summer reading experience.
  • Improves children’s access to library materials and activities which will encourage them to become lifelong library users.


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The official site: Summer Reading at New York Libraries

News about Summer Reading at New York Libraries can be found on our official website and on our fbFacebook page.

The New York State Library website includes flyers, fact sheets, resources and research about literacy and summer reading.

Be sure to visit the New York State Performers and Programs Database to locate educational programmers in your area of New York State.

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) website includes outlines of the 2017 library manuals for children and teens.

2 people planting tree; image copyrightedSuggestions for Promoting Your Library’s Summer Reading Program

  • The public library can share the CSLP programming manual, official artwork, and materials for Summer Reading at New York Libraries with partnering schools and school libraries.
  • Connect with your local schools to schedule visits – always let the school librarian know when you will be in their building.
  • Share summer reading materials with your school through the school librarian.
  • Find out about publicizing Summer Reading at New York Libraries in the school library newsletter; on school library and school web pages; as computer screen savers; slip bookmarks in books at check out. 
  • Share the New York recreational book lists with teachers and students. Books cover the diversity of New York State.
  •  Use the “You Are Here” Teen Videos as promotional tools to attract teens to the library. Informationexternal link opens in a new window
  • Use the “One World, Many Stories” PSA as a promotional tool. Informationexternal link opens in a new window
  • Cooperate with the school to build interested in planning a fall follow-up recognition for those who participated in the public library summer reading program.
  • Create displays that focus on the global nature of this year’s theme: Use a map of the country, the state, the globe, and invite children to pin point places they visit throughout the summer; feature recipes from different cultures on a large restaurant “menu”; Create a train station or airline terminal with luggage and poster board of schedules; etc.
  • Encourage children to participate in the State Assembly and/or State Senate summer reading program. Updates on these programs and ways they are collaborating with Summer Reading at New York Libraries will be sent to public libraries in May 2017.
  • Visit the New York State Library’s Summer Reading Program website for reproducible flyers and fact sheets that promote summer reading.
  • Visit www.summerreadingnys.orgexternal link opens in a new window for information, art and reading related activities for educators, families, and children.
  • Create an account on the CSLP websiteexternal link opens in a new window to gain access  to extensive resources available to all NYS public libraries.
  • Utilize the wealth of resources available in the “Planning” sections of CSLP Manual and DVD.

Summer Reading at New York Libraries 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. The New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department.

Last Updated: December 12, 2016 -- asm