The New York State Education Department and New York State Library are partnering with 1,100 public libraries and neighborhood branches statewide to launch the 2019 Summer Reading at New York Libraries program, Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced. The free, annual program gives children the opportunity to access the vast resources of New York’s public libraries to support their summer reading.
This year’s Summer Reading Program slogan is “A Universe of Stories.” At HML, people of all ages will have an abundance of programs, events and reading raffles to choose from. There will be story times, music events, art, STEAM programs and more. They’re too numerous to mention so follow us on Facebook or go to our website for all of the details.
State Senator Shelley B. Mayer, Chair of the Education Committee, said, “Summer reading is essential for students to retain the academic skills learned in the previous school year, to avoid the ‘summer slide,’ and to find joy in books and texts. I am pleased to support NYSL and NYSED’s Summer Reading Program to help our students thrive in school year after year. In so many of our towns and cities, our public libraries are community hubs for residents of all ages and one of my top priorities is to ensure libraries have the necessary resources to offer the programs their communities need. The Summer Reading Program brings children and families to our local libraries to read books and explore ideas that shape and expand young minds.”