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Explore New York Reading Lists & Bookmarks

New York State Summer Reading BookmarkThe New York State Library has been busy making sure that everything is in place for the 2016 Summer Reading at New York  Libraries program. Updated Explore New York reading lists are available and new bookmarks have also been added. Bookmarks and bookmark templates, as well as reading lists from picture books through teens are now available for download.

We have also been busy working on the 2016 Teen Video Challenge. The deadline for public libraries to submit video entries to the New York State Library is March 11th, so keep an eye out for news on finalists and the winning video entry later in March!

“Summer Reader” On-Line Registration Software

Please share this information with all librarians involved with a public library summer reading program as well as any IT staff working with the “Summer Reader” software.

The Summer Reader software is ready for set up by your library for the 2012 summer reading season. If you have not signed up for an instance of the software please do so by going to:

If you have used the software in the past, you are still signed up and can begin setting up your 2012 program.

  • Sign up for Training Sessions: Sign up for live webinar-bases training sessions. Videos of the New York State training webinars are also available for anyone to view after the original live webinar is held.
  • Find out more! The “Summer Reading at New York libraries” Summer Reader webpage will be updated all spring with information about set up and use of the “Summer Reader” software.

Summer Reading Murals

Summer Reading MuralWhat a wonderful collaboration between the Enders Road Elementary School  Art Program (Fayetteville-Manlius Schools) and the Manlius Library. The public library provides space for the elementary students to showcase artwork throughout the year. In the summer, the art work revolves around the summer reading theme.

The third grade students at Enders Road applied their knowledge of countries and geographic regions that they learned in their socials studies classes this year to the seven murals they designed and painted to go along with the summer reading program’s theme.  The students carefully sketched out ideas that were transferred to large mural paper.  Once the images were drawn on the large pieces of mural paper the students used bright colors of tempera paint to paint them.  The murals were hung in the Children’s Section of the Manlius Library over the summer and into the beginning of the fall. (via: Enders Road Art Program)



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.