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2016 Summer Reading Launch Event!

The official launch for the 2016 Summer Reading at New York Libraries program took place on Monday, June 20 at 10:00 am during a press event at the Phyllis Bornt Branch Library & Literacy Center of the Schenectady County Public Library. This yearly statewide kickoff event for “On Your Mark, Get Set…READ!” brought together the […]

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2016 Teen Video Challenge Winner!

 The New York State Library is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 Teen Video Challenge for New York State is “Catch a Book”. This video was created and performed by brothers Brian and Simon Wulf, and submitted by the Newstead Public Library in Akron, New York. Brian and Simon receive a cash […]

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The 2016 Summer Reading PSA’s are here!

The Collaborative Summer Library Program, CSLP, has released new PSA’s for the 2016 Summer Reading Program! These PSA’s can be used to promote Summer Reading Programs at your library. Available are un-customized PSA’s in English and Spanish, as well as four different video messages from Kate DiCamillo, the 2016-2017 Summer Reading Champion. PSA’s can be […]

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Kate DiCamillo as 2016-17 National Summer Reading Champion

The Collaborative Summer Library Program has announced that Newbery Award-winning author Kate DiCamillo will be the 2016-2017 National Summer Reading Champion.  As part of her role for CSLP, DiCamillo will be doing a live webcast on May 13th, 11:00AM-12:00PM Eastern time.  DiCamillo will be talking about the importance of summer reading as well as encouraging […]

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2016 Teen Video Challenge finalists!

As part of Summer Reading at New York Libraries, the New York State Library is pleased to announce the following finalists in the 2016 New York State Teen Video Challenge: “Catch a Book” by the Newstead Public Library “Book Competition” by the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library  “Get in the Game” by the Ossining Public Library […]

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Explore New York Reading Lists & Bookmarks

The New York State Library has been busy making sure that everything is in place for the 2016 Summer Reading at New York  Libraries program. Updated Explore New York reading lists are available and new bookmarks have also been added. Bookmarks and bookmark templates, as well as reading lists from picture books through teens are now available for download. […]

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Summer Reading 2016 Teen Video Challenge

New York State, as part of Summer Reading at New York Libraries, is participating in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) sponsored 2016 Teen Video Challenge. New York State has taken part in the Teen Video Challenge every year since 2011. Teens in New York State are invited to create a 30 to 90 second […]

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Leadership Change for Summer Reading at New York Libraries

Karen Balsen, who has guided Summer Reading at New York Libraries since 2007, is stepping down as the program’s Coordinator. During her tenure the program has grown from participation levels of 1.3 million to 1.99 million, a partnership was started with the Legislature to promote summer reading, summer reading manuals were developed for school libraries […]

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