Friendship Library kicks off its summer reading program Saturday with look at evolving STEAM room

New STEAM room being developed at Friendship Free Library

The Friendship Free Library will start off its summer reading program Saturday which will include a preview of its evolving STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) room.

The June 29 event will start at 2PM at the 44 West Main Street facility, one of many Adventure Begins at Your Library summer reading kickoffs being held at various times in Allegany County.

New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr. reported last week that “research confirms that children who read throughout the summer avoid the summertime learning loss we see every fall when students return to school.

Promoting the state’s Summer Reading Program helps ensure that “every child in New York State has the ability to easily access and explore the limitless possibilities that our libraries offer,” he said. “When children engage with books, they not only develop critical thinking skills and expand their vocabulary but also lay the foundation for a lifelong love of reading and a passion for learning, which will continue to benefit them long after the summer ends.”

Free books will be available, with a coloring book and crayons to the first 50 children who obtain a summer reading passport.

Children also will be able to make some slime, obtain refreshments and find new books to read during the event, which will provide information on various upcoming summer library activities.

Further information is available at or (585)973-7724.