Author Archive | Sharon Phillips

2017 Teen Video Challenge

New York State, as part of Summer Reading at New York Libraries, is once again participating in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) sponsored 2017 Teen Video Challenge. Teens in New York State are invited to create a 30 to 90 second video with their unique interpretation of the 2017 CSLP teen slogan Build a Better World.  […]

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2016 Summer Reading at New York Libraries participation numbers

November 14, 2016 – New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries Bernard A. Margolis announced this week that 2.1 million children and teens throughout New York State participated in Summer Reading at New York Libraries at their local libraries during the summer of 2016. Research has shown that children who continue to read during summer vacation […]

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November is Picture Book month!

November is Picture Book Month and it’s an international literacy initiative that celebrates printed picture books. Picture books play an important role in childhood literacy. Often they are the first book experienced by a child, and the first book that a child reads on their own. Many people have fond memories of their first introduction to […]

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Student Mock Presidential Election

On November 8th, Americans everywhere will flock to their local pooling station to vote in the 2016 election.  And on November 1st, students can take to their computer and vote in the largest student mock presidential election ever.  By participating, students can vote for either Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or a third party candidate and […]

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Farmer’s Markets and Libraries

Farmer’s markets and libraries- an unexpected and yet perfect partnership. Both libraries and farmer’s markets strive to make the community a better place, so why not combine the two? There are many ways that the local farmer’s market can partner with the libraries in their communities. Many libraries play host to a farmer’s market during […]

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National Chemistry Week!

National Chemistry week is October 16-22nd! National Chemistry week promotes awareness of the importance of chemistry in our everyday lives. It is also a week for chemists and chemistry enthusiasts to help build an awareness of chemistry in their community. National Chemistry week is an annual event coordinated by the American Chemical Society. The event […]

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Banned Books week 2016

September 25th to October 1st is Banned Books week – a week that celebrates the freedom we all have to read whatever we want along with open access to all types of information. It supports the right to express ourselves and our ideas freely, even if those ideas are unorthodox or unpopular. Banned Books week […]

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Edge Features an article on Summer Learning and Public Libraries

The August 25th, 2016 issue of Edge featured a story on summer learning. This article highlights the importance of libraries as key leaders in closing the summer education gap in communities. Many libraries have expanded their summer programs to include a variety of academic and developmental areas. The article also covers the Urban Libraries Council […]

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