The National Book Foundation has initiated its first summer session for BookUp, an after school reading program. The new session comes as part of a partnership with the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development.

“We’re thrilled to have the support of the DYCD,” said Leslie Shipman, assistant director of the National Book Foundation. “Thanks to the DYCD, we’re currently running ten summer BookUp sites, serving over 200 students throughout New York City.”

Launched in 2007, BookUp is a series of extracurricular reading groups lead by published authors, designed to "inspire middle school students to develop a lifelong passion for literature and learning," according to the NBF.

“At the end of the summer, each BookUp participant will have their own free personal library of 10 age-appropriate books,” added Shipman. “Our students will cherish and benefit from that resource and their summer BookUp experience for years to come.”