This City Reads! Night Brings World Record Attempt to Canal Park

The following post is a press release distributed by Summit Education Initiative on behalf of the This City Reads! Night planning committee.

For the love of books and baseball, local nonprofit organizations invite Greater Akron community members to the annual This City Reads! Night at Canal Park on Wednesday, June 15. And this year, there’s truly a homerun of fun to look forward to.Akron RubberDucks

Why? This City Reads! Night attendees will attempt the Guinness World Record for the Largest Greeting Card Exchange during the game.

The world record attempt coincides with this year’s theme of This City Reads!, Civility. To participate, individuals will sign-up upon entering the stadium before the game. All participants – up to 496 – will convene in Section 3 of Level 1 to complete the 5-minute greeting card exchange just before the fifth inning begins.

Only 250 greeting card exchanges are required to break the record.

“We look forward to the excitement this world record attempt will spread throughout the ballpark,” said Keith Seher, executive director of Bright Star Books and member of the This City Reads! Night committee. “Not only are we thrilled to bring this opportunity to Akron, but also we hope it builds awareness of positive behavior toward others in the community.”

This City Reads!This City Reads! will also recognize Summit County students in kindergarten through sixth grade who submitted their reactions to civility-related prompts or reading material studied in the classroom. The University of Akron students selected 20 winners, who will join Most Improved Readers from several schools in suites donated by the Akron RubberDucks, Brennan, Manna & Diamond and Bridgestone.

In addition to the world record attempt, bingo games and other family-oriented activities will occur in between innings throughout the game. To receive a discounted ticket for $6, bring a new or gently used children’s book to the box office. Bright Star Books will receive all book donations.

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