New York State Library

Summer Reading at New York Libraries

Summer Reading programs advance literacy and academic performance by engaging children and teens in reading during summer months. They also work to foster a love of reading through public library programs and services and increase successful reading experiences through librarian-supported, self-selected, voluntary reading. Libraries across the state offer Summer Reading Programs (SRP) to support literacy development in New York communities by encouraging reading and engaging communities through activities.

Develop Programming

Get access to reading lists, related activities, and information about partner organizations.

Promote Your SRP

Download flyers, manuals, and other materials to help you spread the word about Summer Reading in your community.

More Summer Reading Tools

Program Statistics

Participation figures and programming highlights from the previous SRP.


Customize your library’s online Summer Reading Portal! READsquared offers a customizable interface to support online registration and connect participants with activities, book lists, challenges and more.

Summer Meals Program

Locate or coordinate free summer meals in your community.

Love Your Library License Plate

The Love Your Library license plate is available from the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles. Proceeds from the plate's annual fee will help support Summer Reading at New York Libraries across the State.

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.

Last Updated: January 9, 2023