Summer Reading Links

A Universe of Stories” Resources for 2019 coming soon.

Summer Reading at New York Libraries, New York State Library, Division of Library Development.  This State Library web page includes information and research on summer reading for librarians and educators.

2019 Partner Manuals will be available in the spring.

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) New York State is a member of CSLP, a grassroots consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries. Please create a username and password for full login access to the site. 2017 CSLP Program Manual  Webinar Archives

ALSC School-Public Library Partnership Toolkit Both public and school libraries are community centers at heart, with the same goal: to provide a safe, welcoming environment for all patrons and access to information in a variety of formats. When public and school librarians and library workers engage in collaboration, community members reap the benefits. This toolkit includes context and suggestions for creating partnerships of all sizes.

Newspapers in Education promotional piece for Summer Reading.

NASA/CSLP materials and resources In the summer of 2019, 16,000 libraries across the country will celebrate space exploration in their summer reading programs. The slogan “A Universe of Stories” was chosen by library professionals to help inspire children of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves, and create their own story.

Free Activity Calendars – Put Programming at Your Fingertips – Demco’s monthly activity calendars are filled with special day and month celebrations, author birthdays, book releases, and links to interesting activities. No matter what age group you’re serving, there’s a programming calendar you can use as a planning resource.

Summer Reading Craft & Program ideas on Pinterest Pinterest is an amazing treasure trove of great crafts, programming & reading ideas. We’ve set up a number of Pinterest boards to share ideas. Please join and share your ideas. If you have a Pinterest account, leave a note on one of the pins, we’ll follow you back and add you as collaborator.

Teaching Books Mulitmedia (free access is available through CSLP website login online resources about books and authors. These resources include video interviews with authors/illustrators, audio with pronunciation of author/illustrators name, contact information, etc.

CSLP Diversity Page  Discover resources for your summer reading program that can serve children who are visually impaired, physically impaired, or have learning disabilities. Additional CSLP diversity information is available through the “Learning Tools” tab at the top of the Diversity page. Login in is required to view the full CSLP content. Any public librarian can sign up to gain access to all information and materials on the CSLP site.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federally funded program that provides free meals to children 18 years and younger in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children.  Learn how your library, school, or organization can be a summer meal site or sponsor.  The Summer Reading at New York Libraries partner Hunger Solutions New York  can also help. For an article about the Summer Food Service Program in libraries see Summer Meal Programming at the Library. Also check out what other states have done with bringing the Summer Food Service Program to libraries at Lunch at the Library  and Summer Food Service Program.

Young Voices of New York is a website produced by New York News Publishers Association (NYNPA) designed to provide an opportunity for young people under the age of 14 to have a forum, to increase their communication skills, review books and movies, and share ideas with other youth. Anyone is welcome to visit and read information on the site, but students who wish to post must register and provide written parental permission.

Jbrary is a blog with great storytime resources, including YouTube playlists and ideas about using puppets, music, dance, and more.

Storytime Underground is a peer community for storytime staff and includes storytime resources, Storytime University for professional development, and a place to ask questions.

Teen Summer Learning grants are sponsored by YALSA and Dollar General. There are two types of grants available: Teen Summer Learning Resources Grants and Summer Teen Intern Grants. The grants typically open in mid-September and the deadline to apply is usually January 1st.

Reading Rockets  A national multimedia educational initiative that offers extensive resources to assist children, parents, and educators with summer reading.

Diverse BookFinder:  This Database Is Filled with 1,300 Diverse Books for Kids

Empire State Award for Excellence in Literature for Young People  Presented annually by the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association. James Howe received the 2017 Empire State Award

American Library Association Notable books and resources for children

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