In 2018 the State Education Department partnered with myON to offer free access to thousands of enhanced digital books as part of Summer Reading at New York Libraries. This partnership was focused on providing more Summer Reading resources to all children, students and families throughout the summer, while encouraging them to participate in summer reading and learning activities at the library or remotely while at home or on vacation. Through the dedicated efforts of the School Library Systems and Public Library Systems in NY state, 733 public school districts and 756 public libraries were supplied with information about how to login to the myON digital book collection. A separate shared account was set up for students receiving educational services directly from their BOCES. Over the course of the summer months, 192,711 digital books were opened or browsed from May 1 through September 30 using these shared logins and accounts.
A link to the final report that was assembled by the myON and NYSED partnership initiative teams can be found here. The report contains information on rollout, resources, and outreach activities for the project. It also includes the end of project survey questions and results. Many thanks to the School Library and Public Library systems directors and Youth Services staff for their assistance in promoting awareness of the myON/SR partnership initiative in 2018, and helping to advance the shared goal of collaboration to boost student literacy and combat summer slide.