The Rochester Americans and the Monroe County Libraries are once again partnering to provide the “Reading Power Play,” which teams Amerks players with local public librarians in support of reading. The 2016-17 season marks the 12th year of the program.
The Amerks will kick off the 12th season of the program with a 6:30 p.m. visit from Amerks forward and Williamsville native Justin Bailey on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at the Fairport Public Library with the first of 10 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. 19 against the Binghamton Senators
At each event, the Amerks will distribute ticket vouchers to each youth in attendance good for one complimentary ticket for the Feb. 19 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 Wednesday, Nov. 9 to Thursday, 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 www.amerks.com. 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 2015-16 Reading Power Play program is as follows:
|Wednesday, Nov. 9 (Justin Bailey)||6:30 p.m.||Fairport Library|
|Thursday, Nov. 17||6:30 p.m.||Irondequoit Library|
|Tuesday, Nov. 29||6:30 p.m.||Sully Branch|
|Monday, Dec. 5||6:30 p.m.||Brockport Library|
|Wednesday, Dec. 7||6:30 p.m.||Penfield Library|
|Monday, Dec. 12||6:30 p.m.||Brighton Library|
|Thursday, Jan. 5||6:30 p.m.||Chili Library|
|Tuesday, Jan. 10||6:30 p.m.||Webster Library|
|Tuesday, Jan. 17||6:30 p.m.||Pittsford Library|
|Thursday, Jan. 26||6:00 p.m.||Charlotte Library|
|*schedule/players subject to change|