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Team to lead Storytime readings throughout community

The San José Public Library and the San Jose Earthquakes, one of the leading Major League Soccer teams, have joined forces for the City’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Over the next three weeks, the Library will host fan-favorite Earthquakes players during children’s Storytimes at branch locations throughout San Jose.  At each location, a team member will do lively reading of one of his favorite children’s books and help rally the audience around reading and learning throughout the summer.

Earthquakes Storytimes take place July 24, Educational Park Branch, 1772 Educational Park Dr., 3 p.m., Sat., July 26, Hillview Branch, 1600 Hopkins Dr.

In addition, soccer enthusiasts between the ages of 7-18 have the opportunity to win a VIP Experience with the Earthquakes by taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge Essay Contest.  The Library is inviting students to submit a 250-word essay sharing how they can stay healthy and active over the summer.  The Earthquakes will then select and contact one winner who will receive a VIP Experience, including a behind- the-scenes tour with the Earthquakes players, admission to a team practice and participation in a team meet-and-greet.  The winner will have the choice to attend the Sat., August 16 or Sat., August 30 game at Buck Shaw Stadium.  To enter, students may submit their essays online, http://sjpl.org/earthquakesenter, or drop off their submission at a library branch by Thurs., July 31.

The Summer Reading Challenge, that began June 1 and runs through July 31, is the largest seasonal special program produced by the Library.  It is built around the four themes of reading, learning, exploring and energizing with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, the arts and math, or STEAM.  This is being supported by an extensive series of demonstrations, programs and events.

The program also emphasizes the importance of physical activity and is being highlighted via the Earthquakes relationship.  It also is complemented by a series of family play groups, kids’ music and movement celebrations, yoga and tai chi instruction, and Mexican folklorico, Aztec and line dance classes at selected library branches.

Challenge participants can earn prizes by keeping track of their reading. Game grids are available at all 23 library locations and via a downloadable app, co-created by eBay and the Library, available for iOS and Android devices.

For more information, please visit sjpl.org/summer-reading-challenge-2014.

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