Rochester Americans to hit the books for 13th straight season

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The Rochester Americans and the Monroe County Libraries are once again partnering to provide the “Reading Power Play,” which teams Amerks players with local public librarians in support of reading. The 2017-18 season marks the 13th year of the program.

The Amerks will kick off the 13th season of the program with a 6:30 p.m. visit from Amerks defenseman Nathan Paetsch on Monday, Nov. 13 at the Fairport Public Library with the first of 12 reading appearances.

The Reading Power Play involves players stopping by local libraries, reading to kids and giving a hockey demonstration. Each appearance also features a raffle and an autograph session by the visiting player and The Moose.

“Linking books and the Amerks make reading all the more fun for kids,” said Fairport Children’s Librarian and Monroe County Library System representative Amy Joslyn. “Plus, there is the added excitement of seeing their favorite player reading a book at their local library during the season. The Amerks are role models for kids all the way around.”

The Reading Power Play allows fans to meet players and The Moose, while also learning about hockey and the importance of reading. The program also rewards kids for reading and selects two grand-prize winners that will win suite tickets and the chance to drop the ceremonial first puck prior to Rochester’s home game on Sunday, Feb. 18 against the Binghamton Devils.

At each event, the Amerks will distribute ticket vouchers to each youth in attendance good for one complimentary ticket for the Feb. 18 home game. Vouchers can be redeemed at The Blue Cross Arena Box Office or the Amerks front office. Additional discounted tickets for the game can also be purchased.

The second half of Reading Power Play enters kids into a grand-prize drawing. Using the hat trick as an educational incentive, youth participants fill out a form for every three books they read, which then qualifies them for an entry into the grand prize drawing.

The Reading Power Play runs from Monday, Nov. 13 to Wednesday, Jan. 31. A complete reading program schedule will be available at the Amerks Guest Services Booth in the upper atrium lobby on game nights and online at

2017-18 Reading Power Play Appearance Dates

Monday, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m. at Fairport
Thursday, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m. at Gates

Monday, Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m. at Brighton
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m. at Penfield
Monday, Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m. at Greece
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m. at Mendon
Thursday, Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m. at Irondequoit

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 6:30 p.m. at Downtown Central Library
Thursday, Jan. 4, 6:30 p.m. at Chili
Monday, Jan. 8, 6:30 p.m. at Rush
Thursday, Jan. 11, 6:00 p.m. at Charlotte
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 6:30 p.m. at Pittsford

Schedule subject to change. For more information, visit or call 1-855-GO-AMERKS.   

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