State assemblywoman Sandy Galef, 90th A.D., announces this year’s Summer Reading Challenge for school age and pre-school children to promote summer fun and discovery. "Let your imagination run with great books!" Assemblywoman Galef said.
Children who participate and read with a parent for 15 minutes a day for at least 40 days during July and August earn a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate, recognizing their initiative. "By making reading fun, children will be encouraged to continue reading all year round," said Assemblywoman Galef.
Study after study shows youngsters who read develop communication and thinking skills earlier than those who do not. "These skills will not only develop language skills and creativity, they will also enable children to excel in school," Assemblywoman Galef said.
This year’s reading challenge coincides with the $4.5 million increase for libraries included in the recently passed bipartisan budget. "With hundreds of public libraries in New York State holding thousands of books, the stacks become a literary playground. It is important to keep funding our libraries so all people in New York can enjoy a great book," said Assemblywoman Galef.
For information about the Assembly’s 2005 Summer Reading Challenge, write Assemblywoman Galef at 2 Church Street, Ossining NY, 10562; send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Assemblywoman Galef’s district office at (914) 941-1111.
Libraries throughout New York also sponsor a summer reading push with the New York Libraries Statewide 2005 Summer Reading Program, "Tune in @ Your Library."
"The Assembly program and the statewide effort pave the way for learning, achievement, and success," Assemblywoman Galef said. "Read aloud from newspapers, from can labels, from cereal boxes. Spend time with your children and a good book. Reading brings endless rewards."