2016 Summer Reading at New York Libraries participation numbers

November 14, 2016 – New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries Bernard A. Margolis announced this week that 2.1 million children and teens throughout New York State participated in Summer Reading at New York Libraries at their local libraries during the summer of 2016.

Research has shown that children who continue to read during summer vacation perform better in the fall when school resumes.  Reading for simple summer enjoyment helps improve literacy skills while helping to prevent learning losses.

For more information on the positive value of summer reading programs see “The Importance of Summer Reading: Public Library Summer Reading Programs and Learning”.


Statewide participation levels  for 2016 Summer Reading at New York Libraries rose to 2.1 million from 1.99 million in 2015, a 5.86% increase. Five library systems reported increases of 15% and higher. Congratulations to these library systems and to all of the public library systems and libraries for a wonderful season of Summer Reading at New York Libraries!

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

* Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System

* Finger Lakes Library System

* Pioneer Library System

* Queens Public Library

*Westchester Library System

Work is already underway for 2017 Summer Reading at New York State Libraries. This year’s slogan for all ages is  “Build a Better World.”  2017 also marks the 25th anniversary year for New York’s Summer Reading program. Check back often for news and updates on 2017 Summer Reading at New York Libraries happenings.

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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.