The SICM gives away books at Summer Meals sites

This summer, two great programs joined forces in Schenectady. The Schenectady Inner City Ministry  hosted a summer book giveaway at different summer meal sites. During the summer, two SICM interns Traveled to two to three different summer meals sites to give new books to the children in attendance. This is not the first year that this program has been run; however this year was extra special thanks to a $5,000 grant from the New York Newspapers Foundation. This grant allowed SICM to purchase hundreds of new children’s books to give away.


It is important to provide these learning opportunities to children in the summer. It has been shown that children who have access to summer learning programs have better outcomes academically. They are more likely to graduate from high school and are better prepared for college. These programs also have a positive impact on a child’s self-esteem and confidence.  Equally important are Summer Meals programs , which provide children with nutritious meals during the summer. The two programs together ensure that children have a healthy, fun-filled summer.

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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.