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>Creation of a NYS History Reading List


The New York State Library is looking for input from local school and public librarians who work with youth for the creation of New York State history reading lists for pre-schoolers and school age children and teens. The reading list will be used as part of the 2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program and will be available to libraries and families statewide through the official SSRP web site.

The New York State Library’s Statewide Summer Reading Program (SSRP), the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association (YSS), and the School Library Media Section of the New York Library Association (SLMS) are partnering with Explore 400 (Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial) to compile reading lists for children and teens that celebrate New York States history and culture. The reading lists will expand on all Explore 400 themes and, under the title of Explore New York, will cover historic connections statewide.

In addition to the reading lists, an addendum is being added to the official CSLP Summer Reading Program manual in New York State. This addendum will include ideas for incorporating New York State history into local Summer Reading Programs. The addition to the manual will be available both electronically and in print from the New York State Library.

Both the reading list and the addendum provide exciting opportunities to combine a unique statewide component with the 2009 SSRP themes of Express Yourself and Creativity.

The New York State Library thanks Starr LaTronica, Youth Services Manager at the Four County Library System, for introducing this project to both the YSS and SLMS Boards and gaining their enthusiastic support.

The creation of this list provides an opportunity for youth services librarians and school library media specialists to collaborate. Please volunteer to lend your expertise to this project which will encourage children to read interesting and fun books related to the 400 year history of New York.

To volunteer please send an e-mail with your contact information to: Karen Balsen, Coordinator of the NYSSRP ( and Lisa Pipia, Student Assistant in the Division of Library Development (

We will get back to you with all the tools needed to get started sharing ideas, titles, and expertise.

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