“Summer Reading at New York Libraries” partnerships bring resources to all public libraries and families.

    • 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.
    • Learning Heroes: Summer Stride
    • Teen Reading Guide for Parents and Caregivers (English)
    • Why Family Engagement Matters for Student and School Success Report available in English, Spanish, and Chinese
    • “Imagine a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book”.

      This line is visibly displayed on the top half of the website, We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), and it promptly explains what this movement’s primary mission is: to encourage the production of books featuring more diverse characters and ensuring that these stories are being put into the hands of all children. WNDB is a non-profit and grassroots organization that began as a movement on Twitter back in 2017 under the #WeNeedDiverseBooks hashtag, which was formed by authors Ellen Oh and Malinda Lo who were frustrated by the lack of diversity in children and YA novels. The movement has grown exponentially and today, their website has become a main source of information about the state of diverse books today and why they are necessary. WNDB also offers many resources that educators and librarians, parents and caregivers, and writers and readers, can access to help them discover the kind of diverse books that are out there and what they can do to support WNDB’s mission.

  • Bedtime Math

  • Find summer meal locations!

    4-H Youth Development assists young people in reaching their fullest potential, and as such, provides an ideal partnership for NYS Libraries and the Summer Reading Program.  4-H Youth Development resources integrate well with the theme of A Universe of Stories.  There are a diversity of activities that support and inspire young people, and the adults with whom they interact.

    4-H Resources

    • New York State 4-H Science Toolkit These activity-based kits for youth ages 5-17, provide information on topics such as Geospatial Science, Climate and Ladybugs. Each 45 minutes activity can be downloaded as a PDF.
    • New York State 4-H Homepage   Explore the 4-H homepage for resources ranging from science, engineering and technology, to healthy lifestyles, and youth community action. Additional 4-H materials for staff, leaders, volunteers, teachers and youth, and many other resources can be found at the National Directory of 4-H Materials.
    • Local 4-H Activities for children and teens are provided through the local 4-H office and include youth workshops, conferences, opportunities for public speaking,  contests, state and county fairs, 4-H camps, trips and tours, teen groups and scholarship offerings in your area
    • National 4-H Conference Teens, age 15 and up, interested in applying for the National 4-H conference will find great resources at their local library to improve their writing and research skills, such as how to use proper citations, what constitutes a quality research source, and how to do a targeted online search.

    Connect to 4-H and Cornell:

    4-H Youth Development is the youth organization for our land grant university,  Cornell University, and it’s the largest out of school youth organization in the United States.  Each county office has an approach that is designed to meet the needs of the local community.  To connect with a 4-H educator, and to find your local Cornell Cooperative Extension Association, visit the Local Offices page.





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