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The Rochester Americans and the Monroe County Library system are once again partnering to provide the “Reading Power Play,” which teams Amerks players with local public librarians in support of reading. The 2017-18 season marks the 13th year of the program.

The Amerks will kick off the 13th season of the program with a 6:30 p.m. visit from Amerks defenseman Nathan Paetsch on Monday, Nov. 13 9 at the Fairport Public Library with the first of 12 reading appearances.

The Reading Power Play involves players stopping by local libraries, reading to kids and giving a hockey demonstration. Each appearance also features a raffle and an autograph session by the visiting player and The Moose.

The Reading Power Play allows fans to meet players and The Moose, while also learning about hockey and the importance of reading. The program also rewards kids for reading and selects two grand-prize winners that will win suite tickets and the chance to drop the ceremonial first puck prior to Rochester’s home game on Sunday, Feb. 18 against the Binghamton Devils.

At each event, the Amerks will distribute ticket vouchers to each youth in attendance good for one complimentary ticket for the Feb. 18 home game. Vouchers can be redeemed at The Blue Cross Arena Box Office or the Amerks front office. Additional discounted tickets for the game can also be purchased.

The second half of Reading Power Play enters kids into a grand-prize drawing. Using the hat trick as an educational incentive, youth participants fill out a form for every three books they read, which then qualifies them for an entry into the grand prize drawing.

The Reading Power Play runs from Monday, Nov. 13 to Wednesday, Jan. 31. A complete reading program schedule will be available at the Amerks Guest Services Booth in the upper atrium lobby on game nights and online at For more information on the reading program or to book player or Moose appearances, please contact the Amerks Public Relations department at (585) 454-5335.

The full schedule for the 2017-18 Reading Power Play program is as follows:

Monday, Nov. 13 (Nathan Paetsch) 6:30 p.m. Fairport Library
Thursday, Nov. 16 6:30 p.m. Gates Library
Monday, Dec. 4 6:30 p.m. Brighton Library
Wednesday, Dec. 6 6:30 p.m. Penfield Library
Monday, Dec. 11 6:30 p.m. Greece Library
Tuesday, Dec. 12 6:30 p.m. Mendon Library
Thursday, Dec. 14 6:30 p.m. Irondequoit Library
Wednesday, Jan. 3 6:30 p.m. Downtown Central Library
Thursday, Jan. 4 6:30 p.m. Chili Library
Monday, Jan. 8 6:30 p.m. Rush Library
Thursday, Jan. 11 6:00 p.m. Charlotte Library
Tuesday, Jan. 16 6:30 p.m. Pittsford Library
*schedule/players subject to change    
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