The New York Department of Education announced that more than 2.4 million students and children participated in the statewide summer reading program this year, an increase of approximately 230,000 participants over last year’s program.
In addition, the Education Department says students read over 100,000 books during this time with the help of the state’s partnership with an e-book platform called myON, which offered “free access to thousands of enhanced digital books to children from birth to 8th grade and their families last summer.”
About 1.5 million minutes of reading were logged within the platform in just the summer months.
“Thanks to the efforts of librarians, educators and parents across the state, more children participated in summer reading this year than ever,” said State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia. “Whether a child borrowed books to read at home with family, read e-books through our myON partnership, or participated in an educational program at their library, we are proud of each child’s summer reading achievement this year.”
The State Library partners with 23 public library systems, 756 public libraries and 311 neighborhood branches statewide every year on the summer reading program, which gives children access to the vast resources of New York’s public libraries to support their summer reading.
At the end of the program, participants receive formal recognition for their reading achievement.