Summer Reading, Books & Baseball!

This annual event at Wade Stadium hits it out of the park!

Every July, an hour before game time, kids and their families stream into Wade Stadium. Clifford the Big Red Dog welcomes them, urges them to sign up for the library’s summer reading program, and invites each child to select a free book to take home and keep.

That’s when the magic happens: Duluth Huskies ballplayers take the field, sitting down on the turf to read to the kids, up close and personal. They demonstrate the importance of reading. The positive connection between children, their hero-athletes, and reading has an impact that lasts well beyond that day.

Summer reading helps prevent the decline in academic skills known as “summer slide.” Books & Baseball Day at Wade Stadium, supported by Foundation donors, encourages children to read all summer long.

Duluth Huskies player reading to children at Books & Baseball Day at Wade Stadium.