NYS launches DaybyDayNY to help library staff further enhance and expand their early literacy services and programs

New York State Librarian, Bernard A. Margolis, announced today the soft launch of DaybyDayNY (http://daybydayny.org/), an early literacy website designed to engage families and very young children in reading, learning and public libraries.

DaybyDayNY is an important component of Ready to Read at New York Libraries, a new statewide program from the New York State Library designed to help library staff further enhance and expand their early literacy services and programs.

DaybyDayNY is a virtual calendar with content that changes every day. This unique setup gives families with young children numerous daily activities and a story to read together. The story, provided each day by One More Story (http://www.onemorestory.com/), is in the form of an eBook that includes original music and sound effects, produced by former Sesame Street Music Director, Robby Merkin. In addition, the website includes monthly activities, storytelling and nursery rhyme videos, rhymes for young children, craft activities for children and their caregivers, a link to “Find Your Public Library,” a New York State map of museums with activities for young families, health information, and reading lists. The website is designed to help parents and caregivers increase their young child’s cognitive skills and have fun together at the same time.

We hope libraries and systems will promote the use of this website to all young families and caregivers. Information about linking from your library or system website to DaybyDayNY and promoting the website with community members and partners is available at (http://daybydayny.org/) and scroll to the bottom of the page to click on “Share This Site.”

The New York State Library thanks the South Carolina State Library for providing the web structure and expertise that allowed us to model DaybyDayNY after the DaybyDaySC website. Additional help was provided by the Library of Virginia and the Idaho Commission for Libraries, both of which have created their own DaybyDay websites. In addition, the expertise of the Public Library System Youth Services Consultants has been an invaluable resource in perfecting the site for use statewide.

DaybyDayNY is funded 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.

Questions about DaybyDayNY may be directed to Karen Balsen, Library Development Specialist, Division of Library Development, New York State Library at kbalsen@mail.nysed.gov or 518-486-2194.

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