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New York State Summer Food Service Program Status Report

“Statewide efforts have identified under-tapped potential site locations where children gather over the summer. Libraries are one such location. A statewide effort has been connecting libraries with sponsors. This has allowed libraries to expand their service, raising the number of sites from 36 in 2014 to 127 in 2018. Libraries have been excellent partners in […]

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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 […]

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Libraries Rock with myON Final Report

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 […]

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Healthy Meals during the Summer

Healthy meals are necessary for students to stay focused and energized while at school; many students living in low-income neighborhoods rely on school meals to keep them healthy and focused throughout the school day. But many of the students who rely on school meals have nowhere to turn over the summer when school is not […]

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