Assemblymember Brindisi Encourages Children of All Ages to Read, Participate in Summer Reading Challenge

June 14, 2012

Assemblymember Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) announced the kick off of his 2012 Summer Reading Challenge is ready to begin yet again. The goal of the program is to keep children engaged in educational material, helping them to prepare for school when they return in the fall. This is a joint effort with the New York State Library’s “Summer Reading at New York Libraries” initiative. The theme this year for the state library is “Explore New York.” Children who are successful with completing the challenge will receive a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate from Assemblymember Anthony Brindisi.

"During the summer months, many of our students are involved in recreational programs, and some tend to read a little less frequently than when they are in school," said Cheryl Minor, Principal of Watson-Williams Elementary School in Utica. "We are delighted the Assemblyman is offering students at our school and all the other elementaries in the area the chance to get recognition from the State Assembly. I also am pleased the enrollment brochure for the program has a list of wonderful books for students to read this summer, and I am hopeful this will encourage students who do not have a library card to get one."

In order 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 the months of July and August. They will then mark off the days on the calendar provided for every day they have read and submit it to Assemblymember Brindisi. Once received, those who participated will be awarded a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate in the mail.

“This is an inexpensive, fun and educational way for children to spend their time during long summer days,” Assemblymember Brindisi said. “This challenge gives parents a chance to bond with their children and allows them to become more involved in their children’s activities outside of the classroom. I highly recommend Mohawk Valley families take part in the Assembly’s Summer Reading Challenge and instill a passion for reading into a whole new generation.”

Check out these great local libraries:

Utica Public Library, 303 Genesee Street, Utica

Jervis Public Library, 613 North Washington Street, Rome

Dunham Public Library, 76 Main Street, Whitesboro

Oriskany Public Library, 621 Utica Street, Oriskany

New York Mills Public Library, 399 Main Street, New York Mills

For more information about Assemblymember Anthony Brindisi’s 2012 Summer Reading Challenge or to request a brochure, log on to, email or call Assemblymember Brindisi’s office at 315-732-1055.