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Summer Reading at New York Libraries


Summer Reading at New York Libraries- Reaching Children and Families

As the school year comes to an end, the State Education Department and the New York State Library urge school administrators and teachers to encourage students and families to participate in summer reading. The Summer Reading at New York Libraries program is offered for free to children and families at over 1,100 public libraries and branches across the state. In addition to providing access to thousands of books, libraries will also offer creative and educational programs around this year’s summer reading slogan – “A Universe of Stories” – to support summer learning and prevent the “summer slide”.

Last year, over 2.4 million students participated in the summer reading program, and we hope to grow that number this year. As you know, research shows that when children read and continue learning over the summer, it helps them build literacy skills, prevent summer learning loss, and prepare for a successful school year. Whether it’s print books, e-books or audio books, there’s something for everyone to read and enjoy at their local library.

For the second year, NYSED is partnering with myON by Renaissance to provide thousands of enhanced digital books to children from birth to 12th grade and their families all across the state. Readers can log into myON via one statewide login to access a digital library of more than 6,000 e-books using any web-enabled device. There’s an option to download up to 20 books at a time through a free app for reading offline. Resources and tips for parents and educators, including on-demand videos, tip sheets, strategies and more to support meaningful family literacy experiences, are also provided. This access to free digital children’s books is available for New York state students and families through September 30. Students should also visit their school library to learn what e-book resources and summer reading programs are available. There are also summer reading resources available for students with a reading or print disability. Ask your school librarian or public library about free talking or braille books and playback equipment available from the New York State Library or the New York Public Library.


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sharon Phillips, Summer Reading Program Manager at or (518) 486-4863.



MaryEllen Elia

 Commissioner of Education
President, University of the State of New York
Rm. 111 Education Building
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234

Twitter: @NYSEDNews