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Photos: All-Stars Read On at Boone Co. Library

Baseball, books, and free ball park food took center stage as the Community Organizing Committee (COC) launched its All-Stars Read On! initiative with a community event at the Boone County Public Library’s Main Branch on Saturday.

The Boone County Public Library All-Stars Read On event featured family-friendly activities like baseball-themed games, story reading, and free ball park food, as well as special appearances from various mascots like those from NKU and Gateway. All children also received a baseball-themed book. 

The All-Stars Read On initiative promotes the importance of reading with baseball-themed events at regional libraries, schools, and bookstores in the weeks leading up to the 86th Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 14 in Cincinnati.

“All-Stars Read On connects childhood literacy with the excitement of the 2015 All Star Summer,” said Mike Sipple, Chair of All-Stars Read On. “This effort will make childhood memories for all of the children in our region, carrying the legacy of this summer far into the future.”

The Read On! campaign involves over 70 multi-sector partners and 19 school districts in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, with focused strategies in the areas of kindergarten readiness, school attendance and summer learning. Through the All-Stars Read On initiative, the COC strives to engage families and children in the excitement of 2015’s All-Star Summer while also supporting the regional Read On! campaign.

Several other COC initiatives will also connect to All-Stars Read On. “Baseball Across the Region,” in the style of the Olympic Torch, will bring the commemorative baseball to several All-Stars Read Onevents. All-Star Neighborhoods, recently announced by the COC, will be encouraged to incorporate opportunities for tutoring sign-up and summer reading information.

For a full listing of All-Stars Read On events and information on the Read On! Campaign, visit www.read-on.org. Additional COC information is available at www.cincyusa.com/coc

-Staff report

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