With help from Battle Jacks, Willard Library hits a home run with summer reading program

ByTommie C. Curtis

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Battle Creek Battle Jacks player Jackson Braden watches as Isaac Stokes, 6, of Battle Creek enjoys some of the carnival games at the kickoff event for the Willard Library Summer Reading Program at the Helen Warner Branch on Tuesday.

Fight Creek Fight Jacks player Jackson Braden watches as Isaac Stokes, 6, of Struggle Creek enjoys some of the carnival game titles at the kickoff celebration for the Willard Library Summer time Studying Software at the Helen Warner Branch on Tuesday.

As soon as university is out and summer commences, finding youngsters psyched about reading can be a obstacle.

But throw in some baseball, sweet and Cracker Jacks, then you just may possibly get their consideration.

Willard Library kicked off its Summer season Reading through Method at the Helen Warner Department on Tuesday by inviting neighborhood learners and their people to fulfill some Battle Creek Battle Jacks gamers and love some carnival video games, along with some treats.

“We are so thrilled to rejoice summertime looking through with an in-individual bash and to collaborate with the Struggle Jacks,” said Tynisha Dungey, director of youth products and services and neighborhood engagement.

The “Catch A Wave Looking through Kickoff” featured photo opportunities with Fight Jacks players as the workforce celebrates its inaugural period right after a rebranding and shifting its identify from the Struggle Creek Bombers, a Northwoods League summer months collegiate baseball crew which had been in city the former 15 many years.

Finnigan Newburn, 8, of Battle Creek talks to some Battle Jacks players as he gets his free hat and signs up for the Willard Library Summer Reading Program at an event at the Helen Warner Branch on Tuesday.

Finnigan Newburn, 8, of Fight Creek talks to some Fight Jacks players as he will get his cost-free hat and signs up for the Willard Library Summer months Examining Plan at an occasion at the Helen Warner Department on Tuesday.

“With the new staff, we definitely want to be part of the group, so partnering with individuals like Willard Library, it is seriously crucial for us to have individuals see us outside the house the baseball stadium,” Battle Jacks Typical Manager Tyler Shore explained. “These guys are baseball gamers, but also users of this neighborhood even though they are in this article. You are heading to see them at the library, volunteering at various factors, and we just hope this assists our lovers get to know our gamers a small little bit better.

“When they are at the ballpark, the white strains individual them from the gamers, but out here, at events like this, the youngsters can get up shut and private.”

At the event, attendees were being ready to decide up summer months examining logs, established up for all ages.

For young viewers, the system started Tuesday with all logs being turned in Aug. 12 to receive prizes and to be entered into drawings for $100 VISA present playing cards.

“Summer looking through is essential for young people today to preserve their looking through skills,” Dungey mentioned. “Willard’s Summer months Reading Application aids avert summer slide and supports the progress little ones have made in looking through throughout the faculty 12 months.”

There is also an adult studying software, set up by means of an application known as ReadSquared, that features online games and problems to play between reads as properly as the possibility to make to-read lists and the skill to join with other Willard Library viewers. Far more details for all applications are readily available at willardlibrary.org

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This article originally appeared on Struggle Creek Enquirer: Willard Library, Battle Jacks team up to commence summertime looking through method