In honor of Levi’s Stadium’s first Super Bowl, the Central Park Library’s first floor information booth has a goalpost inviting readers to score a touchdown in Santa Clara City Library’s debut winter reading program. Participants receive a raffle ticket and a paper football. The footballs will be posted near the goal post. The intention is to cover the entire wall with the names of the reading program’s Most Valuable Players.
“The program is called ‘Read Your Way to the Big Game’ and it’s a celebration of the Super Bowl coming to Santa Clara,” says Ellen Paul, adult services librarian. “The library is offering the community a way to get into the action with this new reading program. The program started Jan. 4 and it runs through Super Bowl Sunday on Feb, 7, 2016.”
Patrons can pick up reading logs at any of the Santa Clara libraries. Individual participants must: read or listen to two books, or read or listen to one book and attend one library program between now and February 7. Families can enter too by: reading or listening to 10 books between now and February 7.
“If patrons complete the reading challenge before Super Bowl Sunday and come back into the library to check in with us, they will be entered to win great prizes, such as one of ten Amazon gift cards, donated by the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends,” Paul says. “There’s also the grand prize: a football signed by San Francisco 49er Reggie Bush, which was donated to the library.”
“Read Your Way to the Big Game” concludes on February 7, 2016 with a Super Bowl Tailgate Party in Central Park Library’s Redwood Room starting at 2:30 pm. Offering family-friendly games, food, and drinks with viewing of the Super Bowl pre-game show, the party will allow reading program participants to celebrate their book reading touchdowns.
“We have never done a winter reading program before,” Paul says. “However our summer reading program is successful. Thousands of people all across Santa Clara participate. We are hopeful that as many people as possible will come out and participate in ‘Read Your Way to the Big Game.'”