Summer Reading at New York Libraries logoLegislators Support Summer Reading

For the children of our state, summer is a great time for fun, friends and, now through this program, building their reading skills. Every parent and teacher knows how essential reading is to educational success and "Summer Reading at New York Libraries" will provide all of our students with a stronger foundation that will help lead them to higher achievement in school. This is the type of program that illustrates how integral libraries are to our communities and I urge all parents to visit their local library to join the summer reading fun. -- Senator John Flanagan, chair of the Senate Education Committee

I encourage families to use their libraries this summer. Reading is a fun activity that opens the mind to all sorts of adventures. As a former teacher, I try to promote reading and learning as much as possible. Parents have a very important responsibility in their children’s growth and education. Studies have shown that children whose families are involved in their learning become higher achievers and learn more quickly than children whose families are not. It’s a big responsibility, but it’s not difficult to help your children learn. The best way is to encourage them to read. By using your library this summer, children will find an adventure on every shelf. -- Senator Hugh T. Farley, chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Libraries

Summer Reading Programs are good for students and make reading fun. I encourage all students to participate in the programs at their local libraries.-- Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, chair of the Assembly Education Committee

While there are so many fun activities for children to enjoy in the summer months – and reading should be one of those activities – our annual reading challenge is something parents can do with their kids, not only as a great way to spend time together, but as a way to ensure that their children are better prepared for the fall. -- Assemblyman Bob Reilly, chair of the Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology

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: June 22, 2011 -- asm