RIO GRANDE — Following a successful baseball-themed storytime last year, Bossard Memorial Library will again be partnering with the University of Rio Grande RedStorm baseball team for a special day at the ballpark this Sunday.
According to Rachael Barker, Bossard Library’s Youth Services coordinator, Sunday’s special “read at the ballpark” day will be held at the University of Rio Grande’s Bob Evans Field during a doubleheader between the Rio Grande RedStorm and the West Virginia Institute of Technology.
Following the first game, which will begin at 1 p.m., the library will be hosting their special storytime event for baseball fans of all ages with the support of a few of the RedStorm baseball players.
Barker said the partnership between the library and the RedStorm baseball team follows a successful event at the library last September, when the entire RedStorm baseball team arrived at the library to not only read, but to play and interact with the many children and their parents who attended the storytime event.
“Not only did we want to show our gratitude toward the team for all of their help with the baseball storytime held last September, but we also wanted to support them and show how much we appreciate them,” Barker said.
Barker further reported that she believes it is important to instill a lifelong love of reading and learning in children, and sometimes the best way to lead a child to become an avid reader is to pair what interests them to reading.
In this case, baseball.
“Reading is fundamental in all aspects of life. It is important for a child to find something that interests them that can lead them to become avid readers,” Barker said. “The key to making a child a lifelong reader is to find out what interests them. For example, if a child loves baseball, have the child read books that foster that love.”
The local library, according to Barker, is a great place to begin to foster this love, as a child can find many resources on their interests, not only through books and e-books, but through videos and special programs, such as the upcoming storytime this Sunday.
“The library offers wonderful experiences for all ages,” she said. “We would be glad to help our patrons with our resources for their interests.”
Barker further encouraged those children and their families in the area who have a love a baseball to join the library this Sunday in Rio Grande for baseball, reading, treats and possibly a book of their own to take home.
“I encourage our community to come out and support our local RedStorm baseball team. The children will not leave the ballpark empty handed,” Barker said. “Sunday will be a nice day to sit back and relax and cheer on the RedStorm players. I am really hoping for a nice turnout. It will be a perfect day to spend time with the family.”
The youth services coordinator also commented on her interest to continue a working relationship with the local baseball team and to host another storytime event at the library with the aid of the RedStorm players.
“They are such a respectful and good group of young men. I am thankful to all the coaches for all of their hard work and time that they put into working with these men. They prove what teamwork really is,” she said. “I am looking forward to watching them play. It is really inspiring to see them reading and playing with the kids. I would like to wish them luck with Sunday’s game.”
For more information on Bossard Memorial Library or its programs, call (740) 446-7323 or log onto www.bossardlibrary.org.