Arizona Summer Reading Program Is a Hit with Kids

By Liedtke, Cyndy | Nation's Cities Weekly, May 8, 2000 | Go to article overview

Arizona Summer Reading Program Is a Hit with Kids


Liedtke, Cyndy, Nation's Cities Weekly


`Read Your Way to the Ballpark' Made Possible by Local Teamwork

The Arizona Diamondbacks want to hit a homerun right out of the ballpark, and have it land in area libraries.

In "Read Your Way to the Ballpark" Summer Reading Game 2000, the baseball team is partnering with 46 libraries in 13 library systems and The Arizona Republic newspaper in a summer reading program aimed at all students in Maricopa County.

Like many summer reading programs, "Read Your Way to the Ballpark" program offers incentives for children to read while school is out. However, one of the six prizes in this program is a weekly drawing at each library for tickets to a Diamondbacks game.

The program begins May 22 and continues until July 29. The community was introduced to "Read Your Way to the Ballpark" Summer Reading Game 2000 at a Diamondbacks game last month.

Diamondbacks player Tony Womack, the spokesperson for the program, was joined on the field in a pre-game ceremony by Phoenix City Librarian Toni Garvey, Harry Courtright of the Maricopa County Library District, Judy Register of the Scottsdale Public Library, Mark Fernandez, vice president of community affairs for the Diamondbacks and Diana Bohr of the community relations office of The Arizona Republic. They played a video about the program for game attendees.

During the game, library staff handed out bilingual information about the program. …

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