Suggestions for Promoting Your Library’s Summer Reading Program

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purple octopus reading a book; image copyrightedSuggestions for Promoting Your Library’s Summer Reading Program

  • The public library can share the CSLP programming manual, official artwork, and materials for Summer Reading at New York Libraries with partnering schools and school libraries.
  • Use the Early Literacy and School Library partner manuals, available here, to partner with schools and childcare providers.
  • Connect with your local schools to schedule visits – always let the school librarian know when you will be in their building.
  • Share summer reading materials with your school through the school librarian.
  • Find out about publicizing Summer Reading at New York Libraries in the school library newsletter; on school library and school web pages; as computer screen savers; slip bookmarks in books at check out. 
  • Share the New York recreational book lists with teachers and students. Books on the list touch on the diversity, history, and culture of New York State.
  • Use the “Libraries Rock!” Teen Videos as promotional tools to attract teens to the library. Information about the Teen Video Challengeexternal link opens in a new window
  • Use the “Libraries Rock!” PSA as a promotional tool. Informationexternal link opens in a new window
  • Cooperate with the school to build interested in planning a fall follow-up recognition for those who participated in the public library summer reading program.
  • Create displays that focus on this year’s summer reading theme. Information and ideas about this year’s themeexternal link opens in a new window
  • Encourage children to participate in the State Assembly and/or State Senate summer reading programs. Updates on these programs and ways they are collaborating with Summer Reading at New York Libraries will be sent to public libraries in May.
  • Visit the New York State Library’s Summer Reading Program website for reproducible flyers and fact sheets that promote summer reading.
  • Visit www.summerreadingnys.orgexternal link opens in a new window for information, art and reading-related activities for educators, families, and children.
  • Create an account on the CSLP websiteexternal link opens in a new window to gain access to extensive resources available to all NYS public libraries.
  • Use the CSLP PSA, available through the CSLP websiteexternal link opens in a new window, as a promotional tool.
  • Utilize the wealth of resources available in the “Planning” sections of CSLP Manual and DVD.

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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 programs.


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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: May 5, 2021 -- sm