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 2018-19 season marks the 14th year of the program and is presented exclusively by Wendy’s.
The Amerks will kick off the 14th season of the program with a 6:30 p.m. visit from Amerks defenseman Nathan Paetsch on Monday, Nov. 5 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. 17 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. 17 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. 5 to Thursday, Jan. 31. 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 2018-19 Reading Power Play program is as follows:
|Monday, Nov. 5 (Nathan Paetsch)||6:30 p.m.||Fairport Library|
|Tuesday, Nov. 20 (Jack Dougherty)||6:30 p.m.||Brighton Library|
|Tuesday, Dec. 4 (Brandon Hickey)||6:30 p.m.||Irondequoit Library|
|Thursday, Dec. 6 (Kyle Criscuolo)||6:30 p.m.||Penfield Library|
|Thursday, Dec. 13 (Nathan Paetsch)||6:30 p.m.||Gates Library|
|Thursday, Jan. 10 (Eric Cornel)||6:30 p.m.||Chili Library|
|Monday, Jan. 14 (Yannick Veilleux)||6:30 p.m.||Mendon Library|
|Tuesday, Jan. 15 (Andrew MacWilliam)||6:30 p.m.||Webster Library|
|Wednesday, Jan. 16 (Jack Dougherty)||6:30 p.m.||Downtown Public Library|
|Thursday, Jan. 24||6:00 p.m.||Charlotte Library|
|*schedule/players subject to change|