Mid-Hudson Library System
103 Market Street  |  Poughkeepsie, NY 12601  |  845.471.6060  |  fax 845.454.5940    http://midhudson.org



Contact:          Margaret Keefe, Coordinator of Youth Services

                        Mid-Hudson Library System

                        845.471.6060 x35



June 6, 2003


Picture This…Imagine That…READ!!
Summer Reading Program


(Hudson Valley, NY) – Picture This—The whole family makes a trip to their local public library to select some great books and videos to enjoy together! Imagine That—You log onto a website where the family can build a roller coaster together! These activities and many more are all possible for families who take part in the 2003 NYS Public Library Summer Reading Program, Picture This…Imagine That…READ!


This Statewide theme will be used by many of the public libraries across the Mid-Hudson region this summer when they offer wonderful programs to local children, teens and their families. Public libraries encourage children and teens to read for pleasure and have some fun this summer. Studies have shown that those children who read over the summer retain their skill levels and are better prepared to meet the challenge of the new school year in the fall.


The whole family can get involved by making regular trips to the local library to select from a huge range of materials and then setting aside some family reading time together. Many libraries offer incentive prizes to encourage families to take part. In addition, many libraries will be giving away Heart of Art Culture Cards, which entitle up to four family members to discounts at area museums and historic sites. Visit your local library to get all the details of their summer programming. You can find a listing of Hudson Valley public libraries at http://www.midhudson.org/alpha.html.


Picture This…Imagine That…READ!  also offers a great interactive website at http://www.summerreadingnys.org/ Here children from preschoolers to teens can find a wide variety of activities and games to inspire their imaginations to soar. Parents will find helpful hints on how to make reading and literature fun for the whole family. There are links to all the museums taking part in the Heart of Art cultural tourism program as well as other museum adventures around the world.


The 2003 Picture This…Imagine That…READ! theme is an artistic one that celebrates crafts and the performing and visual arts, including drawing, painting, acting, magic, music, crafts, film, photography and much more.  Public libraries around the Mid-Hudson region will reflect these themes in offering programs including poetry, books, puppets, writing, stories, music, magicians and many other activities.  Public library shelves are chock-full of wonderful reading material about any subject you can imagine—for infants through teens.


We encourage you and your children to visit your local public library and see what wonderful opportunities they have to offer over the summer for the whole family.  We hope when you are making your summer plans that the library will be on your A-list.