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Summer Reading at New York Libraries

Suggestions for Promoting Your Library’s Summer Reading Program

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  • Public libraries can share the CSLP 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 – set up a virtual visit if you can’t visit the school in person!
  • Connect with local school librarians. Ask them to devote a class period to Summer Reading promotion and sign up!
  • Publicize Summer Reading in school library newsletters; on school-related web pages; on social media; connect with the PTA to promote the program to students and families! Generate interest by using PSAs.
  • Use the “Oceans of Possibilities” clip art and other materials to create your own materials. All information can be found at or at
  • Search for and book a program or presenter for 2022 by using the Performers and Programs Database.
  • Create displays that focus on this year’s summer reading theme. Information and ideas about this year’s theme can be found at and at
  • Find out if your school or district distributes Summer Meals. Work with them to arrange for pop-up Summer Reading events at food distribution sites or ask to include “grab and go” activities with meals being picked up by families.
  • Visit the New York State Library’s Summer Reading Program website for reproducible flyers and fact sheets.
  • Visit for news, ideas, and reading related activities for educators, families, and children.
  • Access the 2022 online manual on the CSLP website, to gain access to extensive program resources, graphics, clip art and banners, and tutorials to promote summer programs.
Summer Reading at New York Libraries

The goals of Summer Reading at New York Libraries are to:

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


Summer Reading at New York Libraries official website

News about Summer Reading at New York Libraries can be found on our official website and is also often posted on NYLINE. Subscribe to NYLINE.

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 entertaining and educational programs and presenters in both live and virtual formats.

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) website includes information and a wealth of program materials and ideas for this year’s summer reading theme.

Summer Reading at New York Libraries is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department and 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 14, 2022