The statewide launch for “Summer Reading at New York Libraries” took place at the Plattsburgh Public Library, Wednesday, June 29, 2011.
Local legislators and New York State Education Department (NYSED) Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education, Jeffrey W. Cannell, were on hand to announce the beginning of the summer reading season and launch “Summer Reading at New York Libraries.”
The New York State Library is pleased to have strong support for summer reading from the New York State legislature, local governments, and educators who all contribute to this summer’s reading fun.
The summer reading media and library event was hosted by Stanley Ransom, Plattsburgh Public Library Director who welcomed local government officials and community education leaders.
Attendees included: Congressman Bill Owens (23rd Congressional District), represented by Molly Ryan; NYS Senate: Senator Betty Little (45th Senate District), represented by Bonnie Lucas; NYS Assembly: Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (114th Assembly District) and Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (113th Assembly District); City of Plattsburgh: Mayor Donald M. Kasprzak; Plattsburgh Public Library: Stanley Ransom, Library Director; Roland Lockwood, President of the Library Board; Assistant Superintendent for Plattsburgh Schools: Jay LeBrun; NYSED Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Education: Jeffrey Cannell; Robert Bullock, OCE Public Communications Officer; Karen Balsen, New York State Library Coordinator of “Summer Reading at New York Libraries.” Regent James Dawson was unable to attend and his statement was read in his absence.
In addition to the launch event, Jeffrey Cannell and Stanley Ransom were interviewed by Mountain Lakes PBS about “Summer Reading at New York Libraries,” and its impact on children in New York State. Mountain Lakes PBS will televise the interview along with highlights from the launch event on the next edition of Mountain Lake Journal, during the week of July 4th. Additional media attendance included: Plattsburgh Press Republican, WPTZ-TV, WCAX-TV, Lake Champlain Weekly, WAMC, WIRY Radio and WGY.
Following the launch, the Plattsburgh Library offered its first program in a series of summer reading programs. Karen Pillsworth, from Kingston, New York, entertained children and families, for the kickoff event with her professional storytelling.
To access the recent “Summer Reading at the York Libraries press release:
NEW YORK STATE SUMMER READING PROGRAM LAUNCHED: New York State Library Announces Statewide Effort to Keep Kids Reading