Author Archive: MHLS Assistant Director

Summer Reading at New York Libraries & the Common Core

Public library summer reading programs foster a community of inquiry and literacy that leads to high academic achievement, independent reading and learning, and collaborative efforts that last a lifetime. Experts in the fields of child brain development and reading research agree that literacy skills develop early and are strengthened when children read during the summer months.

Read more about how summer reading supports common core at

Flyer for Library Trustees

Goals of Summer Reading at New York Libraries

  • Advance literacy and academic performance by engaging children and teens in reading and reading-related activities during the summer months.
  • Foster a love of reading through public library programs and services.
  • Increase successful reading experiences through librarian-supported, self-selected, voluntary reading.
  • Involve parents and all family members in the library summer reading experience.
  • Improve children’s access to library materials and activities, which will encourage them to become lifelong library users.
  • Increase the number of children and teens participating in public library summer reading programs.


2014 ‘Fizz, Boom, Read’ Reading Lists & Bookmarks

Each year the New York State Library, in partnership with the NYLA Youth Services Section and the Section of School Librarians, creates Explore New York reading lists and bookmarks for children and teens. They are available for download at These librarian selected reading lists are designed to help libraries promote New York State related summer recreational reading and are available for download and printing.


The accompanying bookmarks are created each year by the New York State Library and designed by the New York State Museum for Summer Reading at New York Libraries. The bookmarks serve as companions to the four Explore New York reading lists and include the 2014 summer reading graphics. The bookmarks are available for printing with titles already listed as well as in template form so that each library can add their own selection of books from the reading lists.