With summer underway, book some library time

In early June, Commissioner MaryEllen Elia visited Utica and the Utica Public Library to officially launch the statewide 2019 Summer Reading program and talk about the important benefits of utilizing the summer reading program at public libraries. The Utica-based newspaper, “Observer-Dispatch,” recently wrote about this visit and agreed with Commissioner Elia’s statement on the vital importance of students keeping up their literacy and academic skills over the summer so they don’t fall behind their peers when they return to school. The article also emphasizes that public libraries have the necessary resources and services to help keep students from succumbing to the ‘summer slide’ so they stay engaged in reading and learning all summer long. With over 1,100 public libraries across New York State participating in the Summer Reading program initiative supported by the New York State Library and New York State Education Department, children and teens have amazing opportunities to achieve their summer reading goals and enhance their summer experience. Read the full article at https://www.uticaod.com/opinion/20190626/our-view-with-summer-underway-book-some-library-time

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New York State Library

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.