Library Summer Reading Programs: Dream Big READ

by Beth on June 23, 2012

in Enrichment Ideas

Dreams of traveling often begin when children are young and reading books about far off places and spaces. Summer time is the perfect opportunity for children of all ages to sit back and read books that keep their brains active during the warm months. Libraries throughout the Capital District and New York State are participating in the Dream Big READ program through the Summer Reading at New York Libraries.

Loving the library

Many of the library programs include story hours for younger children, craft making, special events, and a way to keep track of their summer reading logs in paper or online format. This summer, both of my boys will be participating and I know we will be heading to many of the items throughout the region. Last year, we had a blast going to at least a dozen events. Of course, I always had my camera to document the learning for my blog. The 2012 is on reading focus is based on time spent, not the quantity read. As an educator and parent, I adore this. Rushing through books just to get to a certain number checked off is counterproductive.

To help you get started with your summer reading program fun, here is a list of some (definitely not all) of the libraries in the area. There will be links to the main library system website, their events information (if posted), and login pages when available. Please note that each library does their rewards for reading differently, so read how your branch handles theirs.



Clifton Park-Halfmoon


East Greenbush

Glens Falls



Saratoga Springs

Schenectady County


Time to Read

If you do not see your local library listed above, please head to the Summer Reading at the New York Libraries to locate where you can participate with your family.

Do not forget that the more you read and expose your children to different genres of literature, the more they can travel and learn while at home. All of these local experiences will come in handy as you venture out to places near and far.


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