Don’t forget to read this summer! Online Summer Reading Program


New York State Senate offers online summer reading program for families

An online summer reading program is promoted by the New York State Senate for young readers and families in New York State. State Senator Tom O’Mara recently announced that he is sponsoring the program.

“I am happy to have this opportunity to help join the effort of so many local public libraries and other groups and organizations to encourage summer reading,” said O’Mara. “The Senate Online Summer Reading Program provides another convenient opportunity for students and their parents to share the benefits and rewards of summer reading together. Our region is incredibly fortunate to have such an exceptional network of public libraries providing access to books and other reading activities, materials and opportunities.

To participate in the Senate online program, students and parents can visit O’Mara’s Senate website,, and click on the “Summer Reading Program” icon near the top of the home page. After completing the program, participants will receive official recognition from O’Mara for their reading achievement.

Numerous studies have shown that children who engage in summer reading make greater academic gains than children who do not.

According to New York State Library officials, last year’s summer reading program attracted nearly 2 million young people statewide. Program coordinators at the New York State Library hope that increased attention to the benefits of summer reading will translate into increased participation this year.

More information on the “Summer Reading in New York Libraries” program, as well as the overall importance of summer reading, is available at

Visit the Southern Tier Library System website,, for links to member libraries in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties. Information about the Finger Lakes library system, including County Tompkins, is available online at


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