Popular reading program kicks off at Wendy’s location in Webster on Wednesday, Nov. 8

Nov 6, 2023

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 popular program returns for its 18th season in 2023-24 and is presented exclusively by Wendy’s.


2020_Official_Reading_PP_Logo_RGB.pngThis year’s program features 13 events, including a special kick-off event on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Wendy’s in Webster, located at 987 Ridge Road, with Amerks defenseman Zach Metsa.


The program returns to the library setting on Monday, Nov. 20 at the Fairport Public Library at 6:30 p.m.


“As a librarian and Amerks season ticket holder, the Reading Power Play series is my most cherished community event,” said Monroe County Library System Associate Director, Jennifer Smathers. “Seeing favorite adults read and being read to are critical steps when creating lifetime readers. Our ongoing partnership with the Rochester Americans brings further excitement for children by showcasing athletes reading, proving that reading is for everyone.”


The Reading Power Play involves Amerks players stopping by local libraries, reading to kids and giving a brief hockey demonstration while also discussing the importance of reading. Each appearance also features a raffle and an autograph session by the visiting player and The Moose as well as complimentary ticket offer for each youth in attendance. Fans can claim up to one free ticket to any remaining 2023-24 Amerks regular-season home game of their choosing with additional tickets available at a discounted rate by visiting


As part of their season-long sponsorship, Wendy’s is giving away a free Jr. Frosty Bookmark to all youth participants over the course of the program.


In keeping with tradition, the Amerks will continue to select two grand-prize winners that will win suite tickets to Rochester’s home game on Sunday, Feb. 18 against the Utica Comets at 3:05 p.m. The two winners and their families will be treated to a full game-night experience with an assortment of food and beverage options, courtesy of Wendy’s. Along with attending the game in a suite, the two winners will drop the puck in a ceremonial puck drop prior to the game.


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. Entry forms are available for pick-up at all Monroe County Library System member libraries. Participants must return the forms to their respective libraries by the completion of the program in order to be eligible for the drawing.


The Reading Power Play runs from Wednesday, Nov. 8 to Monday, Jan. 29. A complete reading program schedule is available online at


For more information on the reading program or other community events, please contact the Amerks Public Relations department at (585) 454-5335.


2023-24 Amerks Reading Power Play Schedule*


Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Wendy’s Webster location (987 Ridge Road)

Monday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Fairport Public Library

Monday, Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Webster Public Library

Monday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Irondequoit Public Library

Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Wendy’s West Henrietta location (4747 West Henrietta Road)

Monday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Brighton Public Library

Monday, Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Arnett Branch Library

Monday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Greece Public Library

Monday, Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Penfield Public Library

Monday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Henrietta Public Library (co-hosted by Rush Public Library)

Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at Greece Wendy’s location (3190 Latta Road)

Monday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Chili Memorial Library


*Schedule is subject to change

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