Assemblyman Colin Schmitt (R,C,I-New Windsor) and Mrs. Nikki Schmitt today launched the 99th Assembly District 2020 Summer Reading Program consisting of the NYS Assembly Summer Reading Challenge to encourage kids to read through the summer months and promote youth literacy along with a virtual summer book club for adults.

Students who read at least 15 minutes per day for 40 days this summer and send the completed reading challenge form to Schmitt’s office will receive an official Assembly Excellence in Reading certificate.

Assemblyman Schmitt and his wife Nikki will also be hosting a virtual summer book club for adults. Throughout the summer the Schmitt’s will share on social media books they are reading to encourage adult participation in the summer reading challenge as well. Adults who participate will receive a Assembly Summer Book Club Participant certificate.

The New York State Assembly 2020 Summer Reading Challenges can be downloaded and printed via this link or a contactless pickup can be arranged at Assemblyman Schmitt’s office by calling 845-469-6929 or emailing

Adults who participate in the virtual summer book club can sign up at this link where they can also suggest books that they are reading this summer.

Assemblyman Schmitt is encouraging parents to check out the following informational links for more reading games, research, and other programs: – This official Summer Reading at New York Libraries website offers children and teens lots of free reading activities, games, links, suggested reading lists, as well as available information for families, caregivers, librarians, and educators. – This New York State Library web page contains information and links for librarians, educators, and other professionals on summer reading, summer reading research, and the Summer Reading at New York Libraries Program. – The Performers and Programs site includes a listing of performers and programs they offer for libraries, schools, and other organizations serving youth. – Engage NY is the New York State Education Department website that supports the New York State Learning Standards and other key aspects of the New York State Board of Regents Reform Agenda. – The website for the New York State Library early literacy initiative Ready to Read at New York State Libraries. – DayByDayNY is a virtual literacy calendar that changes daily and includes activities, stories, and information for parents and young children. DayByDayNY is part of Ready to Read at New York Libraries.

Assemblyman Colin Schmitt stated, “Reading can transform our lives. No matter our age or background reading can take us to far off places, immerse us in experiences we never had before and develop our skills and abilities. I hope that all residents can participate in our 2020 summer reading program. Young residents of the district can partake in the Assembly Summer Reading challenge. Their parents and adults can join me and Nikki in the virtual summer book club. Especially as the COVID-19 crisis continues, there has never been a better time to open up a good book and add some reading into our summer routine!”

Mrs. Nikki Schmitt stated, “Colin and I are excited to launch our 2020 summer reading program. Constituents of the 99th Assembly District of all ages can experience the joys of reading this summer through the 2020 Summer Reading Challenge or the virtual summer book club. Literacy development, especially for our children, is so critical. We hope this program encourages youth to read and helps set an example for them by encouraging adults to join in on the reading adventures. We look forward to you joining us this summer in setting aside even a few minutes each day to read.”

Download summer reading challenge form:

Virtual Summer Book Club sign up:

Colin Schmitt is committed to public service. Colin is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and Assemblyman for the 99th NYS Assembly District which includes the Town of Stony Point in Rockland County and The Towns of Wawayanda, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Chester, Blooming Grove, New Windsor, Cornwall, Highlands and Woodbury in Orange County. Colin lives in the Town of New Windsor with his wife Nikki and their beloved adopted Catahoula puppy Quincy!



Posted by Colin Schmitt on Wednesday, June 24, 2020