Summer Reading for SOCSD schools

South Orangetown Central School District has posted lists and recommendations for its K-12 students for summer 2021. They include grade requirements and expectations along with a wealth of resources for recommendations, ebooks, audio books, contests and more. Goodreads Top Middle School titles and NPR’s Must Reads for students are linked. Our public library summer reading program links, the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, and the Barnes and Noble summer reading program can all be found when visiting this link. Happy summer reading!

Calling all local authors!


Are you a Rockland resident who has published (including self-published) a book in the last four years? Then you may be eligible for the Library Association of Rockland County (LARC) Book of the Year Award. Submissions for next year’s award are being accepted now through August 24, 2018. Congratulations to this year’s winner and recipient of the $1000 cash prize (generously donated by The Kurz Family Foundation), Palisades resident and author of The Quack’s Daughter: A True Story About the Private Life of a Victorian College Girl, Greta Nettleton! Full submission guidelines and forms can be found here.

Engage NY

    The Engage NY web site (click on image left to access) has resources for parents to support the curriculum. Included in these resources are titles of books “they” recommend for each grade to integrate the learning that occurs in school to the books parents and their children might read at home.  I have borrowed many of these titles from the library system to read with my daughter.  Although titles used in the classroom are up to the discretion of the teachers and curriculum directors, I have read many with my daughter in the hopes of giving her a preview of what she might be learning in the classroom. Clicking on this link/picture below should take you to the EngageNY page with the list of texts that could be used in the P-12 setting.




Tony Marx,  president of the New York Public Library, announced recently that plans to convert the Fifth Avenue branch into a lending library and move research materials to another location have been scrapped.  The $300 million project drew a great deal of criticism when it was announced last year. Architects, writers, researchers and others believed that the plan would “irreparably damage the building, aesthetically and functionally.”   Marx stated that the intent of the project was always to make the library an even better place for all users.

New plans now include renovating the aging Mid-Manhattan Branch and adding computer labs.  The Bloomberg administration had given the library 150 million to assist with its project.  Those funds are expected to remain available for future renovations.