January 27, 2016

Library and Blue Jackets partner to get kids reading

Kids K-12 earn great prizes with Stinger’s Reading Team

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) and the Columbus Blue Jackets (CBJ) have teamed up to get kids reading. Through April 30, kids K-12 can use their CML library card to sign up at any Homework Help Center. They will receive a bookmark to track their reading progress and earn great school supply prizes along the way:

  • Kids who read three books earn a pencil
  • Kids who read six books earn an eraser
  • Kids who read nine books earn a folder
  • Kids who read 12 books earn a notebook and are entered into a raffle to win a CBJ prize pack

There is no limit to how many books kids can read or prizes they can earn. “We know that children who read have a much better foundation for success than those who do not,” said CML CEO Patrick Losinski. “But it’s about more than simply getting books in their hands; this partnership encourages kids to find books they enjoy and develop that love of reading that we hope will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”

“Encouraging children to read daily is an important initiative for the Blue Jackets,” said Kathryn Dobbs, Columbus Blue Jackets Vice President of Community Relations. “Partnering with Columbus Metropolitan Library to present Stinger’s Reading Team helps us celebrate and reward kids for meeting reading goals with help from our beloved mascot.”

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help Centers, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Club and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college readiness and employment resources.

CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. Columbus Metropolitan Library has been rated a 5-Star Library by Library Journal for seven of the eight years the magazine has published its industry ratings.