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Summer Reading at New York Libraries: Fact Sheet

CSLP graphic for 'Tails and Tales' 2021 Summer Reading program; Images copyrighted.

Summer Reading Programs Are Fun and Promote Literacy!

Public libraries as well as schools and school libraries across the State encourage participation in the Summer Reading at New York Libraries program. In 2021, children and teens are invited to discover the joys of summer reading and learning through “Tails and Tales” (artwork by author/illustrator Salina Yoon).

Turtle wearing glasses reads a book. A small hare resting on its shell is also reading a book.

Children and families connect with their local public libraries to choose what they want to read and explore as part of a summertime mix of activities. In 2020, 1.5 million children and teens participated in summer reading fun provided by their local libraries.

Experts in the fields of child brain development and reading research agree that literacy skills develop early and are strengthened when children read and learn during the summer months. Summer Reading at New York Libraries reaches families with children from birth through age 18. For a compilation of the latest research on the importance of reading and access to books during the summer months, see the State Education Department Research Brief.

State, Local, and National Partnerships Keep Kids Reading!

Summer Reading at New York Libraries continues to strengthen its relationships with the New York State Assembly and Senate, New York State’s Public Broadcasting Stations, and all New York schools and Summer Reading community partners. Shared materials and expertise create collaborations that support summer reading and learning for all children.

Lion reading a book while a mouse sits on the lion's head and reads along. There is a stack of books next to them.

Summer Reading at New York Libraries partnerships provide resources to all public libraries and families. Partnerships with Hunger Solutions NY, Cornell Cooperative Extension's 4-H Youth Development, The New York Council for the Humanities, NYS Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs, Inc., and the New York State Reading Association offer extensive resources for libraries, educators, and families. Access to these partners and additional resources are available through the official Summer Reading at New York Libraries website.

Local public libraries work with museums, schools, community organizations and clubs, and partner with a variety of family oriented and education institutions to provide a wealth of resources to all children and teens in their communities. The New York State Library participates in the national Collaborative Summer Library Program. The State Library provides a Summer Reading Program manual that contains creative ideas, engaging projects, multilingual materials and extensive reading lists to 1,100 public libraries and neighborhood branches.

Summer Reading at New York Libraries Web Sites

The official Summer Reading at New York Libraries websiteexternal link opens in a new window offers children and teens lots of free reading activities, games, links, suggested reading lists, as well as valuable information for families, caregivers, librarians, and educators.

This State Library web page contains information and links for librarians, educators and other professionals on summer reading, summer reading research, and the Summer Reading at New York Libraries program.

Performers and Programs is a statewide database project serving public libraries in New York State, funded by Federal LSTA funds.
The Performers and Programs siteexternal link opens in a new window includes a listing of performers and the programs they offer for libraries, schools, and other organizations serving youth. Virtual program opportunities are now also listed in this resource!

The Collaborative Summer Library Programexternal link opens in a new window is a nationwide consortium of state library systems dedicated to developing each year's program components, artwork, and promotional materials.

The Teen NY Facebook pageexternal link opens in a new window includes information and resources for teens and librarians and others working with teens. Please visit Teen NY and “like” us.

Rooster crowing from the top of a stack of books.

EngageNY.orgexternal link opens in a new window is the New York State Education Department website that supports the New York State Learning Standards and other key aspects of the New York State Board of Regents Reform Agenda.

Ready To Read logo Ready to Read at New York Libraries is the website for the New York State Library early literacy initiative.


DayByDayNY logo DayByDayNY is a virtual literacy calendar that changes daily and includes activities, stories, and information for parents and young children. DayByDayNY is part of Ready to Read at New York Libraries. The One More Story resource now has 2 new books each day!


For more information, contact:

Sharon Phillips, Summer Reading at New York Libraries Coordinator, New York State Library, Division of Library Development.


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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: September 17, 2021 -- sm