When children read what they enjoy, they learn to love reading and become better readers. The free summer programs at your public library will help your child keep reading and have fun all summer long.
Children and families visit public libraries to choose what they want to read as part of a summertime mix of activities. In 2015, 1.99 million children and teens participated in summer reading fun at their local libraries.
This year’s Summer Reading Program is all about developing both body and mind. Readers of all ages will explore all things sports and fitness this summer as libraries in the area present “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” for children and “Get In the Game” for teens during their summer library programs. Activities may include costume creation, group games, physical challenges, art projects, science and engineering experiments, and more.
It goes without saying that nutrition and proper diet play an important role in how kids perform physically and mentally. Check out these links for nutrition information and useful tips and guides to make sure your kids are eating healthy:
- USDA – Core Nutrition Messages
- USDA – Team Nutrition
- Nourish Interactive
- Learning ZoneXpress
- North Country Eat Smart New York
- Cornell University Cooperative Extension
- National Institutes for Health – If you contact your local NIH office, they can connect you with people in your area who would be willing to do programming, such as:
- Health department
- Other libraries
- Parks and recreation department
- Community-based organizations
- Patient education departments of hospitals
- Dance studios
- Farmer’s market
- Farm to table groups
- Distribute nutrition information and library resources
Also check our events calendar for special children's programs!
Other Links We Like for Parents and Librarians:
The one stop shop for everything Summer Readable for kids and teens, parents, educators and librarians! Kids and teens will enjoy checking out easy crafts (we’re dying to try the decorated pizza pan superhero shields!) while parents will find the resource links an invaluable help to stopping the summer learning slide.
L&E Resources – Libraries can partner with their local Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Program to present any of the lessons being offered and Hunger Solutions New York, which features the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a federally funded program that enables qualified organizations – including public libraries – to serve free meals to kids and teens in low-income areas.
Last year the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) partnered with Bedtime Math for the 2014 "Fizz! Boom! Read!" summer reading program to get kids fired up about numbers. The website was established to provide a fun daily math problem for children in elementary school and aims to help kids love math like “playtime or dessert.” Get the math problem of the day email, or download the free app!
The DaybyDayNY is an online virtual calendar designed for families with young children to encourage a love of books and learning that will last a lifetime.
The New York State Library is pleased to announce that DaybyDayNY.org has been updated for 2016. Please visit the site and view the “One More Story” ebook, links to entertaining arts and crafts, directions and locations of museums, and helpful information on living a healthy life style. Also be sure to visit the newly redesigned (and recently fully translated) Spanish language page by clicking on the following link: http://daybydayny.org/be-healthy/informacion-de-salud/.
DaybyDayNY.org is an important component of Ready to Read at New York Libraries, a statewide program from the New York State Library designed to help library staff further enhance and expand their early literacy services and programs.
DayByDayNY has also added a new “One More Story” list for 2016. The list offers a great title to read with your children for every day of the year. You can use this list to find books to check out from your local library or see what’s coming next on daybyday.org as a free read-along title. Take a look at their “Read With Me” page for more online stories and resources, too.
Fun Museums in NY has a great map featuring some of the best places for you and your family to visit in each county of New York. When you hover your mouse over any of counties, you’ll find information and direct links to museums, arts centers, historic sites, and more!
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