Nanaimo Clippers help children score with reading

A handful of Nanaimo Clippers will be on hand at Gabriola Island Library to participate in Score With Reading, an event aimed at getting young people, particularly males, into reading.

“One of my personal missions all the time is getting boys and men interested in reading and I always sort of feel like as librarians we have one shot to attract readers to the library,” librarian Jason Kuffler said. “Whether that be someone in their early 20s to get reference help or something or speaking school to students.”

Between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., on Jan. 18, Clippers players will be reading some of their favourite books. According to Kuffler, there will also be an opportunity to play hockey afterwards, weather permitting.

The idea to create Score With Reading came a few years ago when his wife told him a story about a student who didn’t do their homework because they were too busy with hockey and that they were going to play in the NHL one day.

“The goal is to attract someone like that to the library in order to convey that it’s great to have dreams but to be a balanced person is just as important,” Kuffler said.

For more information on the Score With Reading event at Gabriola Island Library, please visit www.virl.bc.ca

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