Summer Reading Launch in Syracuse 6/12/12

The Onondaga County Public Library celebrated the launch of their “Summer Reading at New York Libraries” program with a kick off event on June 12th at the Robert P. Kinchen Central Library in Syracuse, NY.

Last year in Onondaga County 5,715 children and teens participated in “Summer Reading at New York Libraries,” reading over 90,000 books and attending 978 special programs. 

Virginia Biesiada, president of the Onondaga County Public Library Board of Trustees, welcomed the public, press, SyracuseUniversityprofessor Ruth V. Small, CSEA representative Holly Sammons,CountyExecutiveJoanne M. Mahoney, and New York State Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education Jeffrey W. Cannell to the event.

Syracuse University professor Ruth V. Small spoke about the summer reading research project that is being conducted this summer by Syracuse University.  In her speech, CSEA representative Holly Sammons described the role library union members have in making Summer Reading possible. 

County Executive Joanne M. Mahoney addressed the importance of summer reading and libraries for all children in theSyracusearea and introduced New York State Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education Jeffrey W. Cannell. Jeffrey Cannell officially launched “Summer Reading at New York Libraries” for the central region of New York State.

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Summer Reading at New York Libraries is funded in part through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department.