Summer Reading at New York Libraries 2015 Reaches 1.99 Million Children & Teens

November 17, 2015 – New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries Bernard A. Margolis announced today that 1.99 million children and teens throughout New York State participated in Summer Reading at New York Libraries at their local libraries during the summer of 2015.

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” (

For Summer Reading at New York Libraries 2015, statewide participation levels rose to 1.99 million from 1.9 million in 2014. Four library systems reported increases of 15% and higher. Congratulations to these library systems and to all of the public library systems and public libraries for a wonderful 2015 Summer Reading at New York Libraries.

Public library systems with 15% or higher increases in participation:

* Monroe County Library System

* New York Public Library

* Nioga Public Library System

* Queens Public Library

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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.