The New York State Education Department and the New York State Library are partnering with 1,100 public libraries and neighborhood branches statewide to launch the 2019 Summer Reading at New York Libraries program.

The free, annual program gives children the opportunity to access the vast resources of New York’s public libraries to support their summer reading.

This year’s summer reading program slogan is “A Universe of Stories.” Children and teens participating in the program receive book recommendations and engage in creative and fun educational activities at their local libraries. Library staff help children select reading materials and provide literacy-enhancing programs such as storytelling, music, creative arts and performances.

At the end of the program, participants receive formal recognition and celebrate their summer reading goals and achievements at special public library events.