Ranzenhofer, State Library team up for Senate Summer Reading Program


Urges youngsters to read all summer long

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer and the New York State Library have partnered in support of summer reading for children and families to announce the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program for children grades kindergarten through twelve.

Parents can register their child for the program by visiting Senator Ranzenhofer’s website at ranzenhofer.nysenate.gov and clicking on the Summer Reading Program icon.  Once registration is complete, students can read books that they are interested in and enter their information into an online journal.  When a student’s journal has been completed they will receive a Congratulatory Certificate of Completion.

Senator Ranzenhofer and Acting Commissioner of the New York State Education Department John B. King, Jr. noted summer reading programs enable young people to maintain educational advances when not in school.

“Participating in the Senate’s Summer Reading Program is a great way to engage our kids in reading activities to further advance their academic performance and foster a love of reading.  I hope that parents will encourage their children to participate in the Summer Reading Program to help them learn, grow and develop beyond the end of the school year,” said Ranzenhofer.

“Statistics point to the disappointing loss of learning that takes place when young people are not in school during the summer.  The effects of summer learning loss are especially dramatic for students from high-needs communities.  By providing summer reading programs, the State Library and public libraries throughout the state – in conjunction with our partners in the State Assembly and Senate – can provide young people and their parents with the tools necessary to ensure year-long learning success and cultivate a love of reading,” said King.

Researchers and education experts estimate the impact of summer breaks cause some students to lose up to one month of school learning.  Over one million children participated in summer reading at New York libraries last year.