Oaks Announces Annual Summer Reading Challenge

May 16, 2005

Assemblyman and Deputy Minority Leader Robert Oaks (R,C-Macedon) today announced the start of his annual Summer Reading Challenge, designed to encourage a love of reading and books by school-age children. This year’s theme, "2005: Tune in at Your Library," encourages parents and their children to read together while helping build children’s literary skills during the school vacation months.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and guardians to spend quality time reading to their children," Oaks said. "Reading to children is a great way to form everlasting relationships with them, and instill a love of reading."

Oaks said participating families can receive from his office a free calendar on which parents or guardians mark each day during July and August they read with their children. When 40 or more days are marked, children earn a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate to note their achievement.

Oaks explained that many libraries throughout the state are participating in this year’s challenge. If a student’s school or local library is not involved, the students, parents or guardians may contact Oaks’ office for more details and a calendar. Oaks and his staff may be reached at (315) 946-5166, or via e-mail at oaksr@assembly.state.ny.us.