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News Release    

June 14, 2007      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

County Executive’s Summer Reading Challenge Kickoff

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus is working with libraries across the county to challenge Dutchess County children to read 50,000 books this summer as part as of the County Executive’s Summer Reading Challenge.   The County Executive and Dutchess County libraries are encouraging children to participate in the nationwide summer reading program “Get a Clue @ Your Library.”    The County Executive teamed up with the Howland Public Library and kicked off his reading challenge today at the JV Forrestal Elementary School in Beacon.

“We want kids to be excited about reading.   The goal of our summer reading programs is to make educational reading activities fun and appealing to young people.   It has proven again and again that children who continue to read during the summer vacation perform better in the fall when school resumes,” stated County Executive Steinhaus.

JV Forrestal Elementary school students were challenged to a surprise pop quiz from the County Executive who asked, “Why should you read over the summer?”    Students correctly supplied all the right answers ranging from “it will help make you smarter” to “because it is FUN!”    As a reward for all of the great answers, County Executive Steinhaus read aloud the book, My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza.

Studies show significant learning losses occur over the summer when children don’t read.   Reading as a leisure activity is a powerful tool to increase reading comprehension, speed and vocabulary.   Summer reading programs help children maintain and improve reading levels over the summer while they have fun with books, enjoy reading-related activities, safely use the Internet, create craft projects and interact with friends.   Ginny  Figlia, Youth Services Librarian at the Howland Public Library said, “We have a great reading program lined up for this summer with storytellers magicians, puppeteers, musicians and even live animals.   We want to inspire kids to read for fun.”

To encourage youngsters and parents to sign-up for the County Executive’s Summer Reading Challenge for 2007, librarians have a number of great programs filled with fun activities, games,prizes and more.    Each child who achieves his or her reading goal will receive a Certificate of Recognition from Dutchess County Executive Steinhaus. 

“I invite all children to visit their local library and take part in our Summer Reading Challenge.  Summer is a wonderful time to explore the shelves of our local libraries and open children’s imagination to brand-new worlds,” concluded County Executive Steinhaus.

For additional information about summer reading programs, contact your local library.   For a complete listing of Dutchess County libraries, visit, click on community and then choose libraries.

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