New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Summer Reading Challenge

As a student, I was always more inclined to work with computers than to read books. In fact, because of learning struggles, I faced challenges catching up with my peers in reading and writing. When I discovered science fiction, I learned to love literature — and started to spend lots of time at New York City’s world-class public libraries. Now, I want to share that passion for books with you and your family.

Join my summer reading challenge: Students in grades K - 12 who read five books from their school's list or the library's lists will be honored at an end-of-summer ceremony and receive a certificate from my office.

NYPL kids book list:

NYPL teen book list:

Email or call 212-860-1950 to sign up.


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