On Sunday, the Boston Public Library was at Fenway Park to celebrate the 453 winners of the 20th annual Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest. The youth, ages 5-17, read a minimum of three books during the summer months and wrote an essay about their favorite one to win three tickets to Sunday’s Red Sox versus Kansas City game. In total 1,359 game tickets were distributed. Read Your Way to Fenway was made possible this year by the Boston Public Library Foundation, the Boston Red Sox Foundation, John Hancock, and Aramark.
“We are deeply appreciative of the Red Sox organization and all our partners in Read Your Way to Fenway as this program is a fun and engaging way to keep our city’s youth excited about reading during the summer and an opportunity to enjoy one of America’s favorite pastimes,” said David Leonard, Interim President of the Boston Public Library.
“We know that literacy is an essential ingredient in education,” said Dr. Charles Steinberg, the Red Sox’ Executive Vice President & Senior Advisor to the President/CEO. “And we know that education is the equalizer in our country. We are so grateful to the Boston Public Library for being such a great community partner.”
In addition six lucky participants from across the BPL system were invited to stand on the field, including: Nyalees Cruz from the Uphams Corner Branch, Yohannes Bekele from the Dudley Branch, Denecio Campozano-Hill from the Egleston Square Branch, Mona Wang from the West Roxbury Branch, Shantel Teixeira from the Fields Corner Branch, and Hassatou Barry from the Roslindale Branch.
This summer in support of Read Your Way to Fenway, author Dan Gutman and author and illustrator Matt Tavares visited multiple branches and the Central Library to share their baseball-themed books.
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Photo Credit: Ty Bellitti
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