WAMC News, North Country News
11:53 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Libraries Begin Summer Reading Program

The Plattsburgh Public Library kicks off its Summer Reading Program today.  It’s part of a statewide effort to get more children to read.

The New York State Library is part of a consortium between most states that have pooled resources to create a summer reading program for children.  New York State Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education and Acting State Librarian Jeffrey Cannell says it’s critical that reading skills  be maintained.

The Plattsburgh Public Library is joining libraries across the state in this year’s program, which is targeting enrolling 1.8 million children statewide. Jeffrey Cannell explains how the program works.

Plattsburgh Public Library Director Stan Ransom says while the Summer Reading Program brings children into libraries, it also broadens awareness about other services they provide.

The Summer Reading Program was rolled out in Bethlehem, near Albany, last week. Formal program start-ups are scheduled in Syracuse, Buffalo, Watertown and other cities across the state.