A summer reading event held at the New Rochelle Public Library brought basketball stars and politics together.
"Knicks Read to Achieve," sponsored by Cablevision, the New York Knicks and Kia Motors, featured former NBA basketball player and current Knicks Assistant General Manager Allan Houston and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale.
Former Knicks player John Starks signed autographs outside the library before the event.
Children in the audience listened to Paulin and Houston read from the book "Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball" by John Coy. The children also received a free copy of the book.
Houston stressed the importance of reading, something he said with his seven children before they go to bed.
"Reading allows you to imagine or dream anything you want," he said.
Paulin said the secret to being interested in reading is reading something you are interested in.
"This is your opportunity to make reading fun," she said.
(Photo caption: Allan Houston, with microphone, talking about the importance of reading at the New Rochelle Public Library. Credit: Michael Woyton.)