Great Partners for 2021
Summer Reading at New York Libraries partnerships bring resources to all public libraries and families.
- Talking Book and Braille Library
- New York State Senate
- New York State Assembly
- Unbridled Thoroughbred Foundation
- New York State 4-H Youth Development
- New York State Museum
- Hunger Solutions New York
- New York State Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs, Inc
- National Library of Medicine
- New York Council for the Humanities
- New York State Reading Association
Talking Book and Braille Library
Find great Summer Reading titles in audio or braille format! TBBL Book Lists offer a variety of titles about summer, adventure, nature, and wildlife. Lists are separated by reading level and organized by title in alphabetical order. Each title summary indicates whether titles are available in braille or audio format.
New York State Senate
The New York State Senate is the upper house of the New York State Legislature. Its sixty-three members represent New York State and its more than 20 million residents. Throughout the summer, participating New York State Senators encourage students in their community to keep track of their reading progress at www.nyread.com.
New York State Assembly
The New York State Assembly is proudly known as the “People’s House.” Participating Assemblymembers sponsor a district-wide Summer Reading Challenge to inspire kids to read on a regular basis throughout the summer break and combat “summer slide.” Connect with your Assemblymember at www.nyassembly.gov.
Unbridled Thoroughbred Foundation is opening its gates to support students and families as part of the 2021 Summer Reading at New York Libraries Program. This year’s Summer Reading theme is animals and the slogan is TAILS AND TALES! This is a great opportunity to learn more about rescued animals and have fun practicing your reading skills while connecting with some wonderful horses. Unbridled Thoroughbred Foundation. 1700 Farm to Market Road. Coxsackie, NY 12051 Reserve a spot!
NYS 4-H Youth Development is a community for all youth to thrive. NYS 4-H has projects and activities that complement the public library summer reading program. They were developed with 4-H’s non-formal, fun, and active approach to science and are designed for non-scientists to lead. Check out 4-H resources for this summer’s program and contact your local CCE 4-H office to learn how you might work together. For more information or assistance in developing partnerships, please contact Alexa Maille, NYS 4-H STEM Specialist.
In early July the NYS 4-H STEM Program Work Team met with NYS Youth Services Consultants and Librarians from across the state and with Sharon Phillips, Summer Reading Program Manager, to see what our partnership would look like this year for the Summer Reading program. One of the outcomes from that meeting is the creation of a brief survey and map on Survey123 to report on 4-H STEM/Library Summer Reading Program activities. This map can help showcase what is happening in libraries and the creative work going on around the state, as well as be a way for youth to tell their story and share with others. Please share this information in your library communities and encourage young library users to complete the survey by September 30. Young people can share information and photos of virtual and other STEM library activities for 2020 Imagine Your Story, as well as help show the partnership between 4-H and NY State libraries. Find the brief survey at https://arcg.is/1qreT4
Looking for easy-to-access educational activities, videos, and resources for your kids, students, or even just for yourself? Visit this educational one-stop-shop webpage based on NYSM research and collections.
The New York State Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs, Inc. has served more than 134,504 youth at 126 club sites in 52 cities. Their mission is to enable all young people, especially those most in need to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. They help make sure all club members are on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.
New York Fact Sheet
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides freely available resources on a variety of topics related to health and wellness for Public Libraries to use in their communities. Resources include webinars, upcoming training opportunities, articles, and useful links. Topics include K-12 health resources, teen health and wellness resources, and a consumer health toolkit for library staff. Some of the resources are available in both Spanish and English.
Through the Communities Conversations program, The New York Council for the Humanities provides libraries, public schools, and other tax-exempt organizations with the resources and training to bring together locals of all ages to engage in thoughtful dialogue over central themes in American life. “Do-it-yourself” toolkits, available for free when you apply on our website, contain everything necessary to lead a conversation including discussion questions and tips for building and sustaining inclusive communities.
This year’s themes include:
- Environmental Stewardship
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
- 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance;
- and one specifically for children only: Friendship.
Each series has age-appropriate materials designed for children, young adults, and adults.
Hosts select their own facilitators and may include librarians or educators. The facilitator introduces thought-provoking questions and encourages each and all to participate by reflecting on the issues presented in the reading and their impact on our communities. Facilitation training is offered for free by the New York Council for the Humanities and is done through short, easy-to-access webinars: all you need is a phone and computer with Internet access.
This summer apply to host a Community Conversation! To find answers to common questions about hosting a Community Conversation click here. To learn more about the Council’s other programs and grant opportunities, such as their Adult Reading and Discussion series, visit their website: www.nyhumanities.org.
The New York State Reading Association (NYSRA) has a little more than 1,300 members that support public libraries in many ways, including promoting participation in Summer Reading at New York Libraries. The Board of the NYSRA encourages local councils to connect with their individual public libraries. NYSRA welcomes classroom teachers, librarians, reading specialists, parents, college educators, and researchers to join as members of our organization. To find out more information about visit the NYSRA web site.
Learn More about the Charlotte Award and Cast Your Vote!
What is the Charlotte Award? It is an award made by the NYS Reading Association that was named for the main character in E. B. White’s Charlotte‘s Web. The purpose of the Charlotte Award is to encourage students to read outstanding literature and ultimately become lifelong readers. Amy Merrill, Co-chair and five other NYS Reading Association members read many books from many publishers and have come up with the 10 best books in 4 categories.
The categories are Primary, Intermediate, Middle School, and High School. Please share the book titles and ballot information for the Charlotte Award and help to get the word out to children and teens. The voting process is to have students read these books and then give their vote either individually or by library or school class.
The Google form survey to submit votes can be accessed at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1k6L7uGdi6XkTUFHfrlb3OrdhUicND7htLN-EM9lnUuY All votes need to be submitted by April 15, 2021.