On July 26 at Kauffman Stadium, Royals fans will have the chance to root for their hometown team and celebrate summer reading with their local Library as the “boys in blue” take on the Los Angeles Angels.
The game, which starts at 7:15 p.m., has been designated by the Royals as “MCPL Night at the K” and is a grand finale celebration of the Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program, which concludes on July 31.
The program was developed as a way to keep kids intellectually engaged over their summer breaks and prevent “summer learning loss.” This year, more than 21,000 active participants (to date) had the chance to earn free books and be entered to win special prizes from local organizations such as the Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC, Kansas Speedway, and the Missouri Mavericks, among others.
“We are incredibly honored to be able to call the Kansas City Royals one of our Summer Reading Program MVPs,” said Steven Potter, MCPL Library Director and CEO. “Summer Reading Program is one of our biggest annual initiatives and plays critical role in promoting early literacy among our community’s children. MCPL Night at the K will help bring attention to our mission to keep kids reading!”
Prior to the first pitch, MCPL will host a pre-game celebration near Gate B beginning at 5 p.m. that will feature a special appearance by the Library’s mascot, Marty the Martian. Marty will travel to the K in MCPL’s Reading Rocket, a mobile early literacy unit that was created to travel to underserved areas and offer Library programs and resources to those who could not otherwise access them.
The first 1,000 people to stop by the Rocket will receive a royal blue “I ♥ MCPL” silicone wristband or a copy of Grow a Reader: An Interplanetary Tale (while supplies last). The book stems from MCPL’s Grow a Reader initiative, which launched last year and provides activities for children and education for parents to help stimulate essential skills kids need to become strong readers and successful lifelong learners.
Tickets to the game are available at a discounted rate (while supplies last) at www.royals.com/mcpl. A portion of every ticket purchased through this link will be donated to MCPL’s Summer Reading Program.