Summer Readers Earn Baseball Tickets; Mascot Visits Library

As part of the Queen Anne’s County summer reading clubs, young readers may receive tickets to upcoming baseball games and meet a baseball mascot.

The Baltimore Orioles, Delmarva Shorebirds, and Bowie Baysox support the 2009 Summer Reading Club by providing a limited number of tickets to public libraries.

Over 800 children and teens signed up countywide to “Be Creative @ Your Library” this summer. All summer readers are eligible to receive, while supplies last, tickets to three different games.

On Monday, August 17, 7:05 p.m., the Baltimore Orioles host the L.A. Angels of Anaheim. Representing Queen Anne’s County at the pre-game statewide summer reading celebration is Kelly McGinnis of Stevensville. Two tickets are available for each summer reader.

On Friday, August 21, the Bowie Baysox welcome summer readers for an on-field parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. Families should arrive early to Prince George’s Stadium and line up near the carousel. The game against the Altoona Curve begins at 7:05 p.m. with fireworks following the game. One ticket is available for each summer reader with discount tickets available for family members.

In preparation for the Baysox game, mascot Louie will visit the Kent Island Library at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 20. He and his Baysox friends will read a story explaining how Louie came to the sport of baseball. Children of all ages are invited to meet Louie, draw pictures with him, and make a Graham Slam snack. Louie’s visit is free of charge, and no advance registration is required.

On Sunday, August 23, the Delmarva Shorebirds welcome summer readers at Back to School Night as they take on the Hagerstown Suns. The first 1000 fans receive a jersey cinch sack. Two tickets are available for each child.

Last summer, more than 150,000 children and teens in Maryland participated in the Summer Reading Club, which is a project of the local public libraries, the Maryland State Department of Education and the Division of Library Development and Services (MSDE), with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

To pick up tickets to any of the three baseball games, please visit the Kent Island Library at 200 Library Circle, Stevensville or the Centreville Library at 121 S. Commerce St., Centreville.