UTICA, N.Y. -- The state Department of Education commissioner read to children Thursday at the Utica Public Library.
She says as kids, many of us were constantly exposed to books. That left no opportunity for what's called "Summer Slide.”
On top of reading to youngsters, Elia also spoke to educators and adults about how to implement a program to get kids reading.
“What we want to do is have very strong programs across the libraries because often our schools aren't open in the summer but our libraries are,” said NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.
A total of 1,100 libraries across the state had students participate in the summer reading program last year. The hope is that just as many or more students make time this summer.