Kansas City, MO - The libraries of greater Kansas City have teamed up with the Kansas City Royals to score big for the libraries’ annual summer reading programs, which currently have nearly 50,000 participants throughout the metro. On Thursday, August 3, the Royals will host Library Night at The K as they take on the Seattle Mariners, and a portion of tickets purchased online at royals.com/kclibrary will support Kansas City Public Library’s annual Summer Learning Program.
Below are the six libraries participating in Library Night at The K:
- Johnson County Library
- Kansas City, Kansas Public Library
- Kansas City Public Library
- Mid-Continent Public Library
- North Kansas City Public Library
- Olathe Public Library
Prior to the first pitch at 7:15 p.m., the libraries will host pregame celebrations in two locations. Fans at Gate B can enjoy a variety of activities and giveaways including:
- The chance to meet Mid-Continent Public Library’s mascot, Marty the Martian, and see the Library’s Reading Rocket, a mobile early literacy unit. Attendees can also pick up an “I ♥ MCPL” royal blue wristband, while supplies last.
- An opportunity to see one of Kansas City, Kansas Public Library’s mobile libraries, make a special button, and meet the Library’s mascot, RU Reading
Additionally, Library representatives will be at tables near Gate A in the Outfield Experience with:
- Giveaways and live on-site readers advisory personalized reading lists with Kansas City Public Library
- “I ♥ MCPL” royal blue wristbands and Grow A Reader: An Interplanetary Tale children’s books (while supplies last), as well as small prizes for those participants of MCPL’s bean bag toss challenge
- Pens and bookmarks from Johnson County Library
- Eclipse glasses and candy from North Kansas City Public Library
- Baseball and library trivia with Olathe Public Library and prizes including tattoos, color-changing cups, and stress-reliever balls
Across the Kansas City metro, these six library systems collectively serve more than 1.6 million people via 62 branches, five mobile units, and 22 other service locations. In fact, the 9.9 million visitors to all of these libraries over the past year would have filled Kauffman Stadium 262 times. In 2016, the libraries’ annual summer reading programs saw more than 62,000 participants.
Purchase your ticket for Library Night at The K at royals.com/KCLibrary.