Assemblyman Joe Lentol announced that the Assembly’s annual Summer Reading Challenge is just around the corner. Every year, the Assembly partners with New York State libraries to encourage children to continue reading during the summer after the school year ends. Upon completion of the Summer Reading Challenge, children receive a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate during a presentation at their school.
“Reading is one of the most important parts of a child’s upbringing and it shouldn’t stop when the bells rings for summer,” Lentol said. “The Summer Reading Challenge offers a fun and exciting way for children of all ages to read, expand their imaginations and learn new things all year round.”
To participate in the program, children must read by themselves or with a partner for a minimum of 15 minutes every day, for at least 40 days throughout July and August. The days get marked off on a provided calendar and submitted to Lentol’s office.
“Reading is a fun, inexpensive and educational activity that can also provide quality family time,” Lentol added. “Reading is one of the best gifts we have to give children and this program will hopefully inspire them to read.”
This year’s Summer Reading Challenge themes are “Dig Into Reading” for children and “Beneath the Surface” for tweens. The challenge, while fun for the entire family, is a significant way to keep books in the hands of children throughout the summer months. The initiative helps combat the inevitable decrease in learning – known as the “summer slide” – that takes place when young people are not in school during the summer. The slide tends to disproportionately affect children in high-need communities, where families may not have adequate out-of-school access to books and other educational resources.
Local libraries to visit include:
Greenpoint Library – 107 Norman Avenue, 718-349-8504
Williamsburgh Library – 240 Division Avenue, 718-302-3485
Leonard Library – 81 Devoe Street, 718-486-336
Visit http://www.bklynpubliclibrary.org/locations/ for more locations. For more information about the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge, please visit the website (www.summerreadingnys.org) or call Assemblyman Joe Lentol’s office at 718-383-7474.