Kavanagh and Local School Launch Children’s Book Drive to Encourage Summer Reading

May 31, 2011
New York, NY – Today, State Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and PS 34 Principal Joyce Stallings Harte announced a drive for book donations from community residents to encourage Summer reading. At the conclusion of the drive, each of the school’s 400 students will be offered the opportunity to select several books to take home and read during the Summer months.

“We all know that reading on your own, especially when school’s out, is one of the best habits to get into, and that reading can enrich our lives at any age,” said Kavanagh. “But many families cannot afford to supply their young readers with books of their own, so we’re counting on our community to help.”

Research has shown that the simple act of allowing children to choose books they want to read increases overall interest in reading and brings significant improvement in academic success. PS 34, also known as Franklin D. Roosevelt School, is located on 12th Street just east of Avenue C in Manhattan and serves students from the Lower East Side in kindergarten through eighth grade. More than 99 percent of the students’ families have low incomes.

“We are very excited to have this opportunity to further promote active summer reading so that our students can continue to excel in reading during the two months away from school,” said Ms. Harte.

Kavanagh’s office, located at 237 First Avenue at 14th Street, Suite 407, will be accepting new or gently used books suitable for children or young teens on behalf of the school from now until Monday, June 20th. For more information, or to arrange to donate books, please contact Melodie Zhu, who is coordinating the drive, at 212-979-9696.

“If you think of the book you loved reading when you were a kid, or you have books around the house that your kids loved when they were younger but have outgrown, this is your opportunity to share that experience,” said Kavanagh.

First elected to the State Assembly in 2006, Kavanagh represents the 74th Assembly District, including parts of the Lower East Side, Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village, Union Square, Gramercy, East Midtown Plaza, Waterside Plaza, Kips Bay, Murray Hill, and Tudor City.