Summer Reading

What’s going on at my public library this summer?
There are all kinds of great programs going on at New York City’s public library systems: Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library (serving the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island) and Queens Library. There are reading programs, celebrations, author events, book discussions, gaming programs, music programs…and almost everything at the library is free. Find out more in the Events section of

Why is summer reading so important?
Summer reading combats “Summer Slide”, a phenomenon that affects children who stop reading over the summer. “Summer Slide” means that students actually lose some of the reading skills they gained during the school year and start the new school year behind where they finished the last. Active reading during the summer months prevents summer slide.

Read more about it here.

I’m a parent using with my child. What can I do?
You can help your child add books to their book log, and complete Summer Reading Challenges. You can also create an account yourself. This is a good way to demonstrate that reading and sharing books is something adults like to do to.

Is for teens and adults too?
Yes. There are Summer Reading Challenges for teens and adults.

Where can I find recommended books for my age group? has recommendations from your local NYC public library, which can be found here. It also has recommendations from all of our users. Everyone will be adding books to their shelves and can create their own lists to share on the site. By the end of this summer you will see thousands of books with ratings and reviews from all over New York and beyond.

How do I stay safe on
The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library ask that you keep the following in mind:

Be safe. Don't put your personal information on the internet for others to see. Keep your passwords, real name, age, address, school, and grade private. Ask your parent or guardian for help if you aren't sure what to do.
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