4-H Launches Summer Reading Partnership Materials on Summerreadingnys.org

New York State Libraries can now download information on partnering with their local Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program on the “Summer Reading with New York State Libraries” website.  Libraries that develop a partnership plan with their local 4-H program will receive access to two sets of hands-on 4-H activities designed to match the “Dig Into Reading” theme – “Adventures in Earth Science” (think fossils and dinosaurs) and “Soil and Seed Detectives.”  These materials provide over 10 hours of activities!

Through Federal Smith-Lever funds, these curriculum toolkits are made available to libraries who collaborate with 4-H.  In addition, 4 library systems will receive training from 4-H staff on these educational materials: Ramapo-Catskill, Mohawk Valley, Upper Hudson, and North Country.

Any New York State library can download the information and develop a partnership with their local 4-H program.  Partnerships are locally determined and can range from a sharing of information/educational materials to “team teaching.”   Librarians can find their local contacts for 4-H on the NY Summer Reading website as well as a “Partnering with 4-H” manual.  The site is found here:  http://www.summerreadingnys.org/librarians-educators/le-resources/#4h

For more information, contact NYS 4-H Library Partnership Coordinator Kelly Ann Radzik (kar25@cornell.edu).

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