Summer Reading: Keep Your Kids
Active Over School Break
Summer Reading at New York Libraries is an annual program that brings children and families into public libraries for reading and activities. Over 2.1 million New York children and teens participated in the State Library-sponsored program in 2016.
You and your children are invited to join your library’s Summer Reading program and attend the fun events they are planning for children of all ages. This summer’s theme, “Build a Better World,” explores all kinds of topics, from crafts and construction to space exploration to animals and insects and more. The programs are free and open to children of all abilities.
The public libraries care about your children and have planned programs to keep them reading and learning all summer. Whether you keep track of the amount of time your children spend reading or the number of books they have read this summer, children who join the Summer Reading program keep their minds active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and ready to succeed.
And remember, you are your child’s first teacher. Look at picture books with your younger children and point out people, animals, and objects in the pictures. Read to your children and ask them to read to you. Your librarian will be happy to help you find books that are just right. We hope that you and your family enjoy looking at books and reading. Together, you can discover the treasures of your library.
More links for parents and librarians alike:
- First Book
A nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need. Since their founding in 1992, First Book has distributed more than 160 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families.
- Program Presenters
A list of presenters that may be available in Clinton, Essex, and/or Franklin County for programs and events. This list is collected by the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System staff and member libraries.
- Performers and Programs
A statewide collaboration of the Public Library Systems in New York produce a database of entertaining and educational programs available in the entire state. They split it into different regions, with the link above leading directly to the North Country.
- Summer Reading at New York Libraries
The one-stop shop for everything Summer Readable for kids and teens, parents, educators and librarians! Kids and teens will enjoy checking out easy crafts while parents will find the resource links an invaluable help to stopping the summer learning slide. You'll be able to find their blog and Tumblr for even more summer reading fun and info.
- L&E Resources
Libraries can partner with their local Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Program to present any of the lessons being offered and Hunger Solutions New York (HSNY). HSNY features the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a federally funded program that enables qualified organizations – including public libraries – to serve free meals to kids and teens in low-income areas.
- Bedtime Math
The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) partnered with Bedtime Math for the 2014 "Fizz! Boom! Read!" summer reading program to get kids fired up about numbers. The website was established to provide a fun daily math problem for children in elementary school and aims to help kids love math like “playtime or dessert.” Get the math problem of the day email, or download the free app!
The DaybyDayNY is an online virtual calendar designed for families with young children to encourage a love of books and learning that will last a lifetime. The New York State Library is pleased to announce that DaybyDayNY.org has been updated for 2016. Please visit the site and view the “One More Story” ebook, links to entertaining arts and crafts, directions and locations of museums, and helpful information on living a healthy life style. Also be sure to visit the newly redesigned (and recently fully translated) Spanish language page.
DaybyDayNY.org is an important component of Ready to Read at New York Libraries, a statewide program from the New York State Library designed to help library staff further enhance and expand their early literacy services and programs.
DayByDayNY has also added a new “One More Story” list for 2016. The list offers a great title to read with your children for every day of the year. You can use this list to find books to check out from your library or see what’s coming next as a free read-along title. Take a look at their “Read With Me” page for more online stories and resources, too.
Fun Museums in NY has a great map featuring some of the best places for you and your family to visit in each county of New York. When you hover your mouse over any of counties, you’ll find information and direct links to museums, arts centers, historic sites, and more!