New York City Initiates "NYC Reads 365" Program
New York City school librarians will be playing an important role in the new reading initiative, NYC Reads 365, announced by Chancellor Carmen Farina in November 2015. NYC Reads 365 is a new multi-year citywide literacy effort to promote a City that reads every day, in and out of school. All pre-K through grade 12 schools will receive ongoing resources to promote daily reading – new and age-appropriate reading lists, engaging posters and bookmarks, and support and trainings for school staff and parents geared towards strengthening students’ reading skills and encouraging a love for reading. Students and families can also easily access updated reading lists and extensive reading resources at a new NYC Reads 365 website.
The grade-level book lists represent a wide range of genres and cultural perspectives, and are the first update to Citywide reading lists across grades pre-K through 12 since 2008. The texts on the lists, which can also be found on the NYC Reads 365 website – along with bookmarks designed to promote the joy of reading – will be updated each school year. Every DOE school will also receive copies of the NYC Reads 365 posters, designed by artist Robert Pizzo. Each borough in New York City is represented in five original poster designs that depict iconic landmarks engaged in reading.
The Department of Education (DOE) is working with the New York, Brooklyn and Queens Public Libraries to ensure that the titles on the reading lists are available throughout the city. The DOE is also providing continuing support and resources to schools around the reading lists and promoting reading through the implementation of NYC Reads 365, including an online NYC Reads 365 guide for school staff that includes resources to integrate the effort into their school and help parents plan family literacy nights. The initial cost of NYC Reads 365 is $540,000, the majority of which will be used to place the books in school libraries.
NYC Reads 365 Reading Lists