Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Information about the 2008 Statewide Summer Reading Program, “Catch the Reading Bug@Your Library” is now available online. Librarians, teachers, and other educators planning for the 2008 program can go to www.summerreadingnys.org for ideas, links, and activities.

Schools, libraries, and library systems are invited to link directly to this site where library users can find games and other related links.

Educational studies show that kids who enjoy leisure time reading over the summer perform at higher academic levels when school resumes than those with no summer reading. The Statewide Summer Reading Program keeps kids learning and reading while school is out of session.
Participation in the 2007 Statewide Summer Reading Program was 1.35 million - up from 1.2 million in 2006. The goal is to have 1.5 million youngsters participating in the 2008 program.

Printer-friendly fliers in multiple languages encouraging parents to enroll their youngsters in the program are now available on the New York State Library’s web site. Go to www.nysl.nysed.gov and click on "Statewide Summer Reading."

Watch for more information about the Statewide Summer Reading Program website in May when more games, activities and other resources for planners will become available.

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