2006-07-14 / Community

Titus Joins Kids In Summer Reading Program

Will Attend Weekly Reading Sessions At Arverne Library
By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor

Wanda Leandry and her children join Titus for a photo.Wanda Leandry and her children join Titus for a photo.

As part of the New York State Assembly's Summer Reading Challenge, Assemblywoman Michele Titus stopped by the Arverne Library on Tuesday to read to young people and talk about books.

"The purpose is to keep children from not doing anything [over the summer] and to keep their love of learning and reading throughout the summer," said Titus, who is sponsoring the assembly's summer reading challenge.

To take part in the program, youngsters can pick up a suggested reading list at any library. The list breaks titles down by categories - such as adventure and sports - and age. The goal is for a child to read 15 minutes per day for 40 days after which parents can complete a form attached to the reading challenge brochure and send it in for a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate.

Titus has made a commitment to return to the Arverne Library each Tuesday in July - from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - for reading sessions, and intends to hold a pizza party and hand out certificates at the beginning of August.

Titus takes time to talk with a mother and her children following the reading session.Titus takes time to talk with a mother and her children following the reading session. Libraries throughout New York are taking part in the New York State Library's Statewide 2006 Summer Program, and each of the libraries on the Peninsula will be holding summer reading clubs during July and August.


Janel Counts, 10, with Titus after the assemblywoman signed the girl's copy of the New York State Assembly Coloring Book.Janel Counts, 10, with Titus after the assemblywoman signed the girl's copy of the New York State Assembly Coloring Book.Learning as they color, these girls work on the State Assembly Coloring Book, which features such state emblems as the state bird (bluebird), the state flower (rose) and the state animal (beaver). Learning as they color, these girls work on the State Assembly Coloring Book, which features such state emblems as the state bird (bluebird), the state flower (rose) and the state animal (beaver).

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