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Grant Opportunity

Our partners at Hunger Solutions New York have asked that we share this grant information with school and public libraries throughout the state.

The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation annually awards grants for the purchase of children’s books to rural and urban public and school libraries serving at-risk children in grades K-12.

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2012 SummerReadingat New York Libraries to launch beginning in May

2012 Summer Reading at New York Libraries is “ready to launch” in early May after months of hard work and preparation on the part of the State Library and its many partners.  Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education and Acting State Librarian Jeffrey W. Cannell will be kicking off press events at library locations across the state in May and June.  The first launch on May 10 will be in the Capital Region at the Bethlehem Public Library in Delmar. This event will be followed by 4 other launch events to take place around the state:Plattsburgh Public library (May 16),Onondaga County public Library and the Robert P. Kinchen Central library in Syracuse(June 12),Buffalo and Erie County Public Library (6/13), and The Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library in Watertown(June 27).

The State Library has forged many partnerships that add to the summer reading program carried out in public libraries across the state. The State Library and the State Legislature collaborate to encourage all children to read and visit libraries during the summer months, school districts statewide work with their local public libraries to promote the summer reading program, in addition, the State Library partners with other statewide organizations to provide added resources to libraries for their summer programming. They include: the Boys and Girls Clubs, 4-H, the New York Council for the Humanities, and Hunger Solutions New York. Hunger Solutions will be offering libraries in low income areas opportunities to provide healthy snacks and meals during summer reading activities.  Working with the Office of Public Broadcasting, the State Library has also reached out to childcare providers statewide with new Early Literacy summer reading materials, offering a robust summer reading program for kids from birth to school age for the first time.  The long range goal is to increase annual participation in Summer Reading at New York Libraries to 1.8 million young people by 2017.  To learn more about summer reading partnerships and resources please visit and select “Librarians and Educators” from the drop down menu.


Third Annual Summer Reading Forum in Oneida, NY

The third annual Summer Reading Forum was hosted by the Madison-Oneida School Library System and the Central NY Library Association in Oneida, NY.  It provided an opportunity for area school and public librarians to meet, share summer reading program events from the previous year, and to plan for future collaborations.

One presentation was by Betsy Carnevale, Durhamville Elementary School Librarian (Oneida CSD). Betsy shared information on how the Oneida CSD elementary school librarians each presented a program at the Oneida Public Library last summer which correlated to the NYS Summer Reading program.  Michele Ryan, Youth Services Librarian at the Oneida Public Library, told the group that this collaboration significantly boosted attendance at their programs! Oneida children were excited to see their school librarians outside of their schools.  (At the end of the school year, the school librarians heavily promoted the event to the students.)

This Forum sparked plans for further public library/school  library collaborations. School librarians plan to attend an upcoming public librarians meeting to pursue further collaborative projects.


CSLP 2012 Annual Conference – summer reading info

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) held their Annual Meeting in Hershey,PA, April 9 to April 12. 48 out of the 50 member states were represented at the meeting. The focus of the week-long meeting is on best ways to assist all public libraries in carrying out a quality summer reading program. Slogans, themes, art work, and materials for 2013, 2014, and 2015 summer reading programs are reviewed and voted on during the meetings.

 Karen Balsen, Youth Services and Systems Liaison for the New York State Library attended as the New York State Representative, Chair of the PR and Marketing Committee, and a member of the Executive Board. Randy Enos, Youth Services Consultant for the Ramapo-Catskill Library System attended as a representative fromNew YorkStateand a member of the Vendor Committee. It was wonderful to have two representatives from NYS so that various opinions and information that benefited the membership as a whole, as well as all libraries in NYS, could be discussed and shared.

 Following is an update from the meetings:

  1. Theme, Slogans, Artwork
    1. 2013 – Theme is “Underground” and the slogans are “Dig Into Reading” (children), “Beneath the Surface” (teens), “Groundbreaking Reads” (adult). Scott Nash is the artist for the children’s program and Duncan Long is creating the artwork for the teen program.
    2. 2014 – Theme is “Science” and the slogans are “Fizz, Boom, Read!” (children), “Spark a Reaction” (teen), and “Literary Elements” (adult).
    3. 2015 – Theme is “Heroes.”
  2. The CSLP website includes resources and materials beyond what is offered in the Manuals. For full access please register and obtain a user name and password.
  3. The CSLP Rules of Use (ROU), that explain the use of all CSLP created materials and artwork, have been updated. Please review the ROU and e-mail me any questions ( It would be great to have some NYS questions included in the FAQ section.
  4. Shipping
    1. 2012 is the last year that CSLP will cover the full cost of shipping for summer reading materials from Highsmith.
    2. In 2013 CSLP will cover 50% of shipping costs.
    3. In 2014 CSLP will no longer cover any shipping costs.
  5. Beginning in 2013 schools and other non-profit educational organizations that partner with public libraries will be able to order select Highmith materials. Full details will be available fall 2012.
  6. CSLP and Highsmith recognize that there were many ordering related issues this year. They are working together to improve availability of products and allow for customization.
  7. CSLP is reviewing the option of having one slogan each year. There will still be four programs (Early Literacy, Children, Teen, Adult) each with their own artwork and program.
  8. The diversity Committee plans to add Library of Congress braille and audio book notation to each summer’s reading lists beginning in 2013.
  9. Early Literacy Program was included for the first time in 2012 in the CSLP Manual. Two librarians with NYS ties created the manual: Kapila Love (formerly at New City Library) and Sarah Northshield (Tappan Library).

Thank you for taking a break from all the work on your 2012 summer reading programs to review this update. Have a great 2012 summer reading season.

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.