New York State Library
Summer Reading at New York Libraries

Fact Sheet

Oceans of Possibilities

Summer Reading Programs Are Fun and Promote Literacy!

Parent and child penguins reading a book together

Public libraries as well as schools and school libraries across the State encourage participation in the Summer Reading at New York Libraries program. In 2022, children and teens will be invited to discover the joys of summer reading and libraries through “Oceans of Possibilities” (artwork by author/illustrator Sophie Blackall).

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 2021, 1.1 million children and teens participated in summer reading fun and activities provided by their local libraries.

Experts in the fields of child brain development and reading research agree that literacy skills develop at a very early age 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.

Illustration of a lighthouse rising out of an open book

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 www.SummerReadingNYS.org.

Local public libraries work with museums, schools, community organizations and clubs, and partner with a variety of family oriented and educational 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 Websites

The official Summer Reading at New York Libraries websiteexternal link 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
    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 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 includes information and resources for teens and librarians and others working with teens. Please visit Teen NY and “like” us.
  • Ready To Read at new York Libraries Ready to Read at New York Libraries is the website for the New York State Library early literacy initiative.
  • DayByDayNY 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 Program Coordinator
New York State Library, Division of Library Development
Email: NYSLYouth@nysed.gov

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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: January 14, 2022