Welcome to Summer Reading 2021: Tails and Tales!

Summertime means a chance to explore new books and e-books, learn new skills, and check out resources ​and virtual and in person programs and activities through Summer Reading at New York Libraries. It’s the perfect time for students of all ages to see what their local library has to offer! The ​2021 summer reading slogan is “​Tails and Tales” ​and libraries are planning many fun programs and events around this animal theme. This year, libraries across the state will be offering a selection of exciting online and virtual programming as well as in person and outdoor events. ​There will be special events, reading challenges, fun activities, and more throughout the summer months from June through August. ​Did you know that many public libraries will be offering pop up or grab and go activities at Summer Meal distribution sites at local schools this year? Teens can enter the 2021 national Teen Video Challenge for a chance to win recognition and a cash prize for creating a short video to promote libraries and Summer Reading.

To sign up for Summer Reading ​and Summer Learning and find out what YOUR local library ​has planned, check out your local library’s website. Students, parents and educators can also find all sorts of updated information, resources, and activities for summer reading in the tabs above. And don’t forget that your school library has a wealth of fantastic online summer resources too! Libraries across the state look forward to ​seeing you this year for some fun and skill building as a part of Summer Reading 2021. Questions about Summer Reading? Contact Sharon B. Phillips, Youth Services Program Manager for the New York State Library, Division of Library Development at nyslyouth@nysed.gov

State Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa and Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr. help kickoff Summer Reading 2021 in a video message posted at https://vimeo.com/566589648
Learn more about the 2021 Summer Reading champion



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Summer Reading and the Summer Slide

Summer Slide is the loss of skills during the time students are not in school.” Reading during the summer helps prevent the summer slide. Learn more in the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report.

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