Assemblymember Mayer Launches Summer Reading Challenge

Assemblymember Shelley Mayer launches the Summer Reading Challenge in an effort to keep children engaged and reading throughout the summer months
June 12, 2017

Yonkers, NY As the school calendar winds down, Assemblymember Shelley B. Mayer (AD-90, Yonkers) launches the Summer Reading Challenge. The theme of this year's challenge is "Build a Better World" which hopes to encourage Yonkers children to think about ways they can transform and better the community.

To complete the challenge, children are asked to read for a minimum of 15 minutes a day for at least 40 days during July and August. Children can read alone or with a partner or caregiver and mark off days on the calendar provided. Once they've completed 40 days or more, they submit the calendar to Assemblymember Mayer's office and then receive a NYS Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate. For suggestions on age-appropriate summer reading, please visit,

"I am delighted to launch the Summer Reading Challenge for the children of Yonkers," said Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, Chair of the Assembly Task Force on Women's Issues. "The importance of children reading during the summer months cannot be overstated as it is one of the key factors that contributes to the achievement gap between children of different economic backgrounds. Reading is also a wonderful way for children to connect with new ideas and their own imaginations. We hope that this challenge will motivate young ones to read every day, even if it's just for 15 minutes."

As for how to incentivize young children to read, the Assemblymember suggests allowing the child to find a book on a subject they are passionate about; providing incentives for reluctant readers, such as more time at the playground; and making reading a social act the whole family participates in together.

The calendar and forms needed to participate in the program will be available at all three branches of the Yonkers Public Library, Assemblymember Mayer's District Office (35 East Grassy Sprain Road, Suite 406B, Yonkers, NY 10710), on Assemblymember Mayer's website, and by emailing the district office at Interested participants can also call the district office at 914-779-8805 and request the documents to be mailed to them directly and free of charge.