The 2015 Summer Reading at New York Libraries was launched Monday, June 8 at 10:30 am during a press event at the Sully Branch of the Rochester Public Library. This yearly statewide event brings together in collaboration the State Library, a public library system, a public library, and the Legislature. This year, the Monroe County Library System, the Rochester Public Library, the New York State Education Department, the New York State Legislature, the City of Rochester, and the New York State Education Department came together in support of summer reading.
Local and state level dignitaries as well as a group of Rochester school students attended the event. Speakers included New York State Education Department Regent T. Andrew Brown, State Librarian Bernard Margolis, City of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, Director of the Monroe County Library System and Rochester Public Library Patty Uttaro, Rochester City School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas, and Rochester mother of nine, Rene Judkins.
New York State Regent T. Andrew Brown believes a school break shouldn’t be a break from reading. “Students who don’t read during the summer experience a loss of learning and what we call ‘the summer slide.’ Many kids will lose what they learned in the current school year, over the summer, before starting the next school year. And that’s unfortunate.”
State Librarian Bernard Margolis reminded us why reading is so important. “If a kid does not have a vocabulary of four-thousand words by the time they are in third or fourth grade, they’re destined to a second-class place in the world.”
More than 1.9 million children and teens statewide participated in last year’s summer reading program. Public library summer reading programs are free and open to all. Participants receive reading lists and engage in educational activities at their local libraries. For more information and summer reading resources visit: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/ and http://www.summerreadingnys.org/.