For Kids at Local Libraries
(Long Island, NY) New York State Assemblyman Dean Murray (R,C-East Patchogue) today announced the kick-off of “Summer Reading at New York Libraries,” the 2012 New York State summer reading programs. Through these programs, young people will have the opportunity to access the vast resources of New York’s public libraries to support their summer reading and to gain recognition for what they achieve.
By participating in these programs, young people can receive reading lists and participate in programs and activities at their local libraries. At the end of the program, participants receive formal recognition for their reading achievement.
“Reading is a fun activity that opens the mind to all sorts of adventures, and by using your library this summer children will find an adventure on every shelf,” said Assemblyman Dean Murray. “My annual reading challenge makes reading fun, and is something parents can do with their kids, not only as a great way to spend time together, but as a way to ensure that their children are better prepared for school in September. To sign up, go to your local library and ask for the enrollment form, or call my office at 631-207-0073.”
According to New York State Library officials, last year’s summer reading program featured the participation of 1.65 million young people statewide. This year, the program coordinators at the New York State Library, Assembly and Senate are hoping to have even more children participate, and experience the benefits of summer reading.
“As the parent of three children, I understand how important reading is to educational success and this program is a fun way to help students across our state build on what they have learned during the year while providing them with a stronger foundation for the upcoming school year,” stated Senator John Flanagan (R-Suffolk), Chairman of the Senate Education Committee. “I hope that parents throughout our state will visit their local library to participate in reading activities with their children and to experience how libraries are an integral part of their community.”
“Parents have a very important responsibility in their children’s growth and education,” Murray added. “Studies have shown that children whose families are involved in their learning become higher achievers and learn more quickly than children whose families are not.”
John B. King, Jr., Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York noted that summer reading programs enable young people to maintain educational advances when not in school. “The Regents and I believe reading in the summer provides tremendous support for students’ progress toward college and career readiness. Summer reading programs provided at public libraries throughout the state – supported by the State Library in conjunction with our partners in the State Assembly and Senate – give children great tools to stay academically sharp for school in the fall,” King said. For more information about the importance of summer reading go to http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/research.htm.
For an overview of Summer Reading at New York Libraries and additional information for educators, parents, and caregivers, go to http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer.
Children, teens, parents, and caregivers can visit http://summerreadingnys.org for activities, games, links, information and ideas to keep children reading all summer.
For Kids at Local Libraries