Event: Launch Party for The Library Summer Reading Program

Cactus-and-saki Saturday, June
19th at 2:00 p.m

The New York State Library will launch the 2010 Summer
Reading at New York Libraries program at an event at the Queens Library at
Langston Hughes:

100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona

Admission is FREE

This year, New York State Library will introduce its 2010
spokesperson, children's hip-hop recording artist, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, who
will perform the song he wrote for this year's program, "Make Waves at
Your Library", along with other songs from his critically acclaimed


"The Summer Reading at New York Libraries program
offers ways for kids of all ages to "make waves" this summer at
their local libraries," says Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Education
Jeffrey Cannell. "Studies have found that when schools close their doors,
the opportunity to read is often closed with them, especially
for those children without access to books."


Community libraries continue to play a major role in
fostering literacy, especially for those most in need of assistance in
developing literacy skills, according to a 2001 study by the Pennsylvania

Association. The study also concluded that public library
reading programs play an important role in the overall reading achievement of
children who otherwise lack access to books and other reading materials in
their daily lives.


The program is implemented in libraries across New York
State. While implementation varies from library to library, results are often measured
in number of books read or time spent reading. In addition, individual libraries offer their own performances and
programs to add to the fun of summer reading and encourage visits to the public


A recent study by children's publisher Scholastic found
that 22 percent of children rarely or never read for fun, and that percentage
increases as the child ages. In addition, approximately 25 percent of children polled
indicate that they have trouble finding books that they would actually want to
read. Public library summer reading programs attempt to combat this trend.


There are many resources available for librarians,
parents, educators, children and teens at the program's web site,
www.summerreadingnys.org. Here you  can
access promotional flyers, fact sheets, tip sheets, recommended web site links,
book lists , reading-related puzzles, and games and activities.


So who is Secret Agent 23 Skidoo?


Children's hip-hop recording artist Secret Agent 23
Skidoo has earned critical acclaim for his albums, "Easy" and his
newest release, "Underground Playground". The 2010 Summer Reading at
New York Libraries Spokesperson, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo created the promotional
audio track for the

national Summer Reading program, "Making Waves at
Your Library".


More info at: secretagent23skidoo.com