New York State Reading Association

The New York State Reading Association (NYSRA) is an all-inclusive volunteer organization of members who are passionate about literacy.  We share and support efforts to improve literacy education for people of all ages on local, state and global levels.  We are teachers, librarians, parents, students, writers, researchers and professors.  We welcome anyone to join us either as an at-large member, or better yet, through one of our many local councils!

Thinking ahead? Plan now to join NYSRA and our amazing keynote speaker, Kwame Alexander
in Rochester for our 2023 Annual Conference from Wednesday, Nov. 8 through Friday, Nov. 10.  We'll be seeking proposals to present before you know it. Check back here for updates.

Be sure to mark you calendars!!

We can help.

  • The family of a Buffalo mass shooting survivor is collecting books on racism and Black history to distribute to community. Here is the story, and here is the list of books.
  • Buffalo State College has curated this list of resources to share specific ways we can help support our community affected by violence, racism, and hate.
  • The New York Times has curated a resource of ways to help in the Uvalde, Texas tragedy as well.

    The New York State Reading Association recently submitted a letter to the New York State Education Department Board of Regents regarding the proposed amendments to Section 30-1.8 of the Rules of the Board of Regents and Sections 52.21, 80-1.2, 80-3.2, and 80-3.7 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. The letter was submitted on behalf of all New York State Reading Association members and can be read below. You can also download a PDF of the document here.

    Dr. Pat Shea-Bischoff
    Dr. Pat Shea-Bischoff Speaker Procurement Mini-Grant

    The New York State Reading Association is honored to announce the Dr. Pat Shea-Bischoff  Speaker Procurement Mini-Grant. This award is intended to provided financial assistance for New York State Reading Association local chapters for procurement of a speaker(s) for professional development events and is in honor of Dr. Shea-Bischoff's tireless work to help promote and provide literacy professional development in New York State and beyond.

    New York State Reading Association local councils are permitted to submit one application per calendar year for up to $250. Please complete this application as accurately and completely as possible. Contact Keith Newvine at with any questions.

    The Digital Literacy Committee wants to help!

    Click on the hyperdoc (or here) to learn all about:

    Becoming a Member and/or Renewing Your Membership

    How to Use the Website to Keep Track of Memberships

    Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

    NYS Reading Association Publications

    How to Join the Charlotte Award Vote

    Where to Find & How to Include Your Event on the Calendar of Events

    Become a member

    Interested in becoming a member of NYSRA? Join one of our local affiliates located throughout NYS and you'll automatically be a member of both organizations!

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    The New York State Reading Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

    Mail to: P.O. Box 874, Albany, NY 12201-0874

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