Assemblyman Bob Oaks, R-130th District, reminds residents that his annual summer reading challenge, designed to encourage a love of reading and books by school-age children, will run during July and August.
This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock!” The suggested reading list explores the joy of having time for summer adventures and to dream big and work toward goals. It’s a time to play sports, make new friends, dance and play music and explore worlds that can only be visited through books.
“I am always pleased to present this annual summer reading opportunity to students and parents alike,” Oaks said. “It is great when children spend time reading and parents read with them. We don’t want learning to stop just because school is out. The reading challenge helps to keep reading a priority and helps their success in the classroom when school resumes.”
If children do not receive an official reading calendar through their schools or at their local library, they can contact Oaks’ office. Parents, grandparents, babysitters or others mark each day in July and August that a child spends on reading. When 40 days have been marked, the child is eligible to receive a New York State Assembly “Excellence in Reading” certificate from Oaks. The certificate recognizes each child for attaining the goal.
“Many libraries throughout the state also participate in the challenge,” Oaks said. “Libraries provide excellent places for children to read, and they also learn to utilize library resources.”
Call (315) 946-5166, email oaksr@nysassembly.gov or visit summerreadingnys.org for information.