2012-07-05 / Guest Column


Assemblyman Kicks Off Annual Summer Reading Program
Assemblyman Alan Maisel

Assemblyman Alan Maisel (D-59 AD) announced that it is time, once again, for the state Assembly’s annual Summer Reading Challenge. The program keeps the imaginations of children engaged and helps better prepare them to return to school in the fall. The Assembly sponsors this challenge in conjunction with the New York State Library’s “Summer Reading at New York Libraries” initiative. The state library’s theme this year is “Explore New York.” Upon completion of the challenge, children will receive a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate.

“Studies have shown that students who keep reading throughout the summer perform better when school resumes in the fall,” Assemblyman Maisel said. “The Summer Reading Challenge gives kids an opportunity to engage in a fun activity that will keep them learning and help to improve their vocabulary, spelling and reading skills.”

Keeping books in the hands of children over the summer months helps prevent the “summer slide,” a term used by teachers to describe students’ tendencies to regress and forget some of what they learned during the school year because they are not actively using their newfound knowledge.

“The Summer Reading Challenge exemplifies the Assembly’s commitment to providing every child in our state with a quality education,” Assemblyman Maisel said. “By encouraging our children to continue reading and exploring Brooklyn libraries over the summer, we can better prepare them for the school year ahead and foster a lifelong enthusiasm for books.”

To participate in the program, children must read by themselves or with a partner for a minimum of 15 minutes every day for at least 40 days throughout the months of July and August. They will then mark off days during which they read on the calendar provided and submit it to Assemblyman Maisel. Once received, those who participated will be awarded a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate in the mail and in a presentation at their school.

“It’s rare to find an activity that is inexpensive, fun and educational for children, especially during long summer days,” Assemblyman Alan Maisel said. “Furthermore, reading provides parents with the opportunity to bond with their children. I urge Brooklyn families to participate in the Assembly’s Summer Reading Challenge and instill a passion for reading into a whole new generation.”

Check out these great local libraries: Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, Jamaica Bay Library, 9727 Seaview Avenue, Canarsie Library, 1580 Rockaway Parkway, Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue

For more information about the 2012 Summer Reading Challenge, log on to www.summerreadingnys.org, email maisela@assembly.state.ny.us or call Assemblyman Alan Maisel’s office at 718-968-2770.

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