Summer 2015

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News from the State Librarian

Bernard A. Margolis

Summer 2015 issue of Trustee

From the Desk of Bernard A. Margolis, New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries


The 2015 Summer Reading at New York Libraries season is well underway! This New York State Library coordinated program involves children and families in fun, educational activities in their local public libraries and branches as part of this year’s hero-themed program, “Every Hero Has a Story.”


Library trustees play an important role in assuring that their libraries provide the best services for their communities. We look to you to encourage your library staff and your community to take advantage of all the Summer Reading at New York Libraries resources provided through the State Library. Last year, 1.9 million children and teens participated in this popular program through more than 1,100 library sites. Please join me in encouraging the children and families in your communities to read this summer and enjoy all the wonderful programs offered through the local public library.


The recent June 8 collaborative press event at the Sully Branch of the Rochester Public Library was a great 2015 kickoff event for Summer Reading at New York Libraries!  Each year, the State Library collaborates with a public library system, a public library, and the Legislature to hold a launch event for the statewide program. This year’s event brought together the Monroe County Library System, the Rochester Public Library, the New York State Library, the New York State Education Department, the New York State Legislature, the City of Rochester and the Rochester City School District in support of summer reading. Local and state level dignitaries as well as a group of Rochester school students attended the event.  Speakers at the event included myself, New York State Education Department Regent T. Andrew Brown, City of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, Director of the Monroe County Library System and Rochester Public Library Patty Uttaro, Rochester City School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas, and Rochester mother of nine, Rene Judkins.

For more information and great summer reading resources visit the State Library Summer Reading at New York Libraries websites: Please encourage your library to link to the official Summer Reading at New York Libraries website which offers children, teens, and families lots of free reading activities, games, links, and suggested reading lists, as well as valuable information for families, caregivers, librarians, and educators. News about Summer Reading at New York Libraries is available on this official website and on the Summer Reading at New York Libraries Tumblr page. This New York State Library web page contains information and links for librarians, educators and other professionals about summer reading, summer reading research, and the Summer Reading at New York Libraries program. This website also has downloadable summer reading promotional materials including Summer Reading at New York Libraries logos, “Every Hero Has a Story” posters, Explore New York bookmarks, the 2015 summer reading factsheet, and the 2015 Early Literacy and School Library Partner Manuals. The New York State Performers and Programs website includes a listing of performers and the programs they offer for libraries, schools, and other organizations serving youth. The Teen NY Facebook page includes information and resources for teens and librarians and others working with teens. Please visit Teen NY and “like” us.

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