Libraries awarded grant for summer reading programs

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Mid-Hudson Library System received a $30,000 Special Legislative Project Grant sponsored by Assemblymember Didi Barrett to support summer reading programs in 16 public libraries in Assembly District 106.

“Our local libraries play a critical role in our communities,” said Barrett. “For children of all ages, our libraries are the gateway to new information and new worlds. They encourage imagination and intergenerational sharing. I am pleased we could provide support to our outstanding libraries in the 106th district with funding for their Summer Reading Programs. I hope it will help launch new lifetime readers.”

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System said “Assemblymember Barrett’s support is critical to ensure the students in her district develop a lifelong love of reading and learning, complementing the excellent work of our teachers and school librarians during the school year.”

Research clearly shows students who participated in summer reading programs score higher on reading tests and don’t experience summer learning loss. Public libraries throughout the Hudson Valley are providing summer reading programs, which will expose children and youth to a wealth of information, a wide variety of reading materials, and opportunities to build stronger vocabulary.

Libraries receiving grants are:

  • Amenia Public Library
  • Poughkeepsie Public Library District, Boardman Road Branch
  • Claverack Library
  • Chatham Public Library
  • Clinton Community Library
  • Germantown Library
  • Hudson Area Association Library
  • Hyde Park Free Library
  • Livingston Free Library
  • NorthEast-Millerton Library
  • Philmont Public Library
  • Pine Plains Free Library
  • Pleasant Valley Free Library
  • Roeliff Jansen Community Library (Hillsdale-Copake-Ancram)
  • Staatsburg Library
  • Stanford Free Library


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