O’Mara to young readers: Don't forget online summer reading program

August 01, 2017

Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (far right) recently joined former Steuben County Legislator Pat McAllister (far left) and Addison Public Library Director Lori Patterson at the library's weekly summer reading program.

It’s the start of the final month of summer vacation and I’m glad to join so many local public libraries and other groups and organizations to continue to encourage summer reading.

Elmira, N.Y., August 1—At the start of the final month of summer vacation for area students, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) today issued a reminder that he is sponsoring an online summer reading program. The program is promoted by the New York State Senate in partnership with the New York State Library and public libraries across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

“It’s the start of the final month of summer vacation and I’m glad to join so many local public libraries and other groups and organizations to continue to encourage summer reading,” said O’Mara.  “The Senate’s online summer reading program offers a convenient opportunity for students and their parents to enjoy the benefits and the rewards of summer reading together.  Our region is incredibly fortunate to have such an outstanding network of public libraries providing access to books and other reading activities, materials and opportunities.”

To participate in the Senate’s online program, CLICK HERE.  Among other features, the site includes a recording journal, opportunities to share books with other family members and friends, and a series of popular summer reading lists.  At the end of the program, participants will receive formal recognition from O’Mara for their reading achievement.

Numerous studies have shown that children who engage in summer reading make greater academic gains than children who do not. 

According to New York State Library officials, last year’s summer reading program featured the participation nearly 2 million young people statewide.  Program coordinators at the New York State Library, Senate and Assembly hope that increased attention on the benefits of summer reading will result in expanded participation this year.

More information on the “Summer Reading at New York Libraries” program, as well as on the overall importance of summer reading, is available HERE.

Visit the website of the Southern Tier Library System, www.stls.org, for links to member libraries in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates.  The members of the Finger Lakes Library System, including Tompkins County, are online at www.flls.org.