Mid-Hudson Library System
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Contact:          Rebekkah Smith, Coordinator of Community Relations

                        Mid-Hudson Library System

                        845.471.6060 x39


June 25, 2001


2001 – A Reading Odyssey

(POUGHKEEPSIE, NY) – Wondering how to keep your children and teens busy and happy this summer? Why not bring them to the library for some great programs, fun crafts and wonderful books to read. This year’s New York State Summer Reading Program is called 2001-A Reading Odyssey and libraries all across the Mid-Hudson Valley are taking part.

Studies have shown that children who read over the summer vacation retain their literacy skills so that they return to school in the fall ready to move on to new learning, rather than having to review to return to proper levels. Taking part in the 2001-A Reading Odyssey is a great way to assure that your children will have this readiness in September and that they will have fun during the summer as well. For more information about the statewide summer reading program visit: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/summer/.

Libraries are planning all kinds of programs and activities that tie in with the 2001-A Reading Odyssey theme, from imaginary or virtual trips, personal journey diaries, visiting other lands and times through books and crafts and many other great ideas. Over the summer children and teens will be rewarded in many ways for reading books. Most libraries also have computers on which children can play educational games.

Please call your library for more information about registering your children for the 2001-A Reading Odyssey program and find out all the wonderful children’s activities they have planned for the summer.

For a listing of the libraries in the Mid-Hudson Library system, log onto http://midhudson.org/alpha.html, select your library and find out more about the programs and activities being offered this summer.