Libraries are essential to Family Literacy. In New York State, libraries bridge the gap for those who may not have access to resources for a variety of reasons. Libraries educate the whole family by providing computer and internet access, materials such as books and music, access to health information, and interaction with staff that are skilled in programming to engage young children to learn.
The New York State Library hopes that families across New York State will use this interactive calendar to develop a love for books and learning that will last a lifetime. The calendar uses multimedia to enhance books, songs, and family health and bring these components to life. If families can only spend a few minutes together, this calendar will give them something they can use to make sure that this is quality time as well as educational time.
- To reach families with young children throughout New York State, giving them something they can do together to foster skills, especially kindergarten readiness skills.
- To remind families of the importance of reading and developing pre-reading skills in the youngest family members.
- To provide important health and wellness information as well as information about exciting , educational activities for young families
- To place a special emphasis on reaching all New York State residents by providing an accessible website.
- To encourage families to visit their local public library for exposure to more books and developmentally appropriate activities.
Thank you to Denise Lyons, Director of Library Development at the South Carolina State Library, who originally created the DaybyDaySC project in cooperation with several talented people and organizations. Additional thanks for support given to us by Staci Shaw from the Idaho Commission for Libraries and Enid Costley from the Library of Virginia.
Youth Services Coordinator
New York State Library
New York State Education Department
Cultural Education Center 10B41
Albany, New York 12230
Phone: (518) 486-4863
Fax: (518) 486-5254
DayByDayNY is funded in part through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department.
One More Story is an online library of the best of classic and contemporary children’s picture books. It is utilized in schools, libraries and homes as a resource for pre-readers, early readers and English language learners. One More Story received a James Patterson Page Turner Award for finding “original and effective ways to spread the excitement of books and reading.”