Festus Ezeli And Ross Stores Tip-Off San Francisco Summer READ Program At SF Public Library
On Saturday, May 31, Warriors center Festus Ezeli and the Warrior Girls tipped-off the San Francisco Summer READ program at the San Francisco Public Library with a Reading Time-Out, presented by Ross Stores. The Summer READ program encourages students of all ages to explore the library and to read throughout the summer to prevent learning loss.
“It’s great to come to the library and share my love of reading with the kids,” said Ezeli. “I want them to understand that if they pick up a book about any topic they’re interested in, reading will make them smarter and better students when school starts in the fall.”
As students and their families entered the Children’s Center of the library and threw on a Read to Achieve t-shirt, event emcee and Children’s Center Librarian Jim Jeske introduced Ezeli, the Warrior Girls and story character Maisy Mouse to the children and explained the Summer READ SF program.
“This summer, the library will be filled with so many interesting books and stories, along with lots of activities, games and special guests,” said Jeske. “And the best part is that we will track your time reading all summer and will reward you with a prize!”
Ezeli then explained to students how reading has played an important role in his life and helped him to reach the NBA, discussing the wide variety of books he enjoys.
“I love reading exciting stories of adventure like the Hunger Games; I like to learn about great people like Steve Jobs and Maya Angelou; and sometimes I like to read comic books and graphic novels for fun,” said Ezeli.
Ezeli and the Warrior Girls then read aloud from “Maisy Goes to the Movies,” illustrated by special guest Maisy Mouse, as well as “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister, with Ezeli selecting children from the audience to join him on stage to read aloud.
“I love to see the excitement the kids have when they come up on stage, read a whole page of a book and give me a high five afterwards,” said Ezeli.
Before concluding the Reading Rally, Jeske, Ezeli and the Warrior Girls asked the students to join them to recite the Read to Achieve pledge. All participants who attended the reading rally received a new book and book cover, courtesy of Ross Stores, to get them started on their summer reading journey.
“The library wants to make sure our children are still involved in reading, and we are thrilled to be partnered with the Warriors and Ross Stores through the Read to Achieve program because they understand how important it is for students to read and learn during the summer months,” said San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera.
This event was part of the Warriors Read to Achieve program, presented by Ross Stores, to highlight to youth the importance of reading, developing their imaginations and applying themselves academically.