Zebrowski Urges Kids to Read 15 Minutes a Day This Summer

May 11, 2011

Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski (D-New City) is encouraging children and parents to participate in the Assembly’s Summer Reading Challenge this July and August. This year, the Assembly is again coordinating its efforts with the New York State Library’s “Summer Reading at New York Libraries” to get the word out about summer reading and the value of our local libraries. This year’s theme is, “One World, Many Stories.”

“There are so many fun activities for children to enjoy in the summer months – reading should be one of those activities – our annual reading challenge is something parents can do with their kids not only as a great way to spend time together but as a way to ensure that their children are better prepared for the fall,” said Zebrowski.

Children who read with a parent for 15 minutes a day, for at least 40 days throughout July and August, will receive a NYS Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate. Materials, including suggested reading lists and a calendar to mark off the days children read, can be picked up at their local school or Assemblyman Zebrowski’s District office in New City. At the end of the challenge, families simply mail in the calendars to the Assemblyman’s office.

“In a few weeks school will be out for the summer, but reading doesn’t have to stop that last day in the classroom,” Zebrowski continued, “and in today’s tough economic climate, picking up a book also makes financial sense.”

Here are some local libraries to visit:

Haverstraw Kings Daughters - 85 Main Street, Haverstraw
Nanuet Public Library - 149 Church Street, Nanuet
New City Free Library - 220 North Main Street, New City
Valley Cottage Free Library - 110 Route 303, Valley Cottage
West Nyack Free Library - 65 Strawtown Road, West Nyack

For more information or to participate in the 2011 Summer Reading Challenge, please call Assemblyman Zebrowski at his office, 634-9791.