Today we celebrate more than 1,066 young Paterson readers who read 50 books over the course of the year.

We will offer games, crafts, face painting, books and a surprise visit from a big red dog [you know who, right?]. Come by the Paterson Public Library and experience the fun from 5 to 7 pm.

It’s a great family event that helps our kids reach for excellence. We know that if you start kids reading at a young age, the practice stays with them. Here is last year’s youngest reader. Her brother read 50 books. I’m betting that someday, she will, too.

Reading, silently and aloud,