Summer Reading at New York Libraries 2014 Reaches 1.9 Million Children & Teens

New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries Bernard A. Margolis announced today that 1.9 million children and teens throughout New York State participated in Summer Reading at New York Libraries at their local libraries during the summer of 2014.

Research has shown that children who continue to read during the summer vacation perform better in the fall when school resumes, and that reading for simple summer enjoyment helps children with literacy skills, while helping prevent learning losses. For more information on the positive value of public library summer reading programs see “The Importance of Summer Reading: Public Library Summer Reading Programs and Learning” (

Statewide participation levels for Summer Reading at New York Libraries rose to 1.9 million from 1.76 million in 2013.  Thirteen of the 23 public library systems reported an increase in participation levels this year. Seven library systems reported increases of 20% and higher. Congratulations to these library systems and to all of the public library systems and public libraries for a wonderful 2014 Summer Reading at New York Libraries.


Public library systems with 20% or higher increases in participation:

* Brooklyn Public Library System

* Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Public Library System

* Finger Lakes Public Library System

* Four County Public Library System

* Mid-York Public Library System

* New York Public Library System

* Onondaga Public Library System


For information on Summer Reading at New York Libraries visit or contact Karen Balsen, Program Coordinator, Division of Library Development, New York State Library at or 518-486-2194.

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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.