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Read Your Way to Fenway Summer Essay Contest Begins at Boston Public Library

June 2, 2014

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Boston Public Library’s annual Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest opens today for young people in Boston ages 5 through 17. Readers may download an application via or pick up an application at any Boston Public Library location. Children and teens are encouraged to read a minimum of three books and write an essay about their favorite for the opportunity to watch the Red Sox play at Fenway Park.

“The Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest keeps young people engaged in reading while out of school and provides the unique opportunity to watch the hometown team chase another championship,” said Jessi Snow, Boston Public Library’s Youth Services Coordinator.

Completed applications and essays are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 1 to any Boston Public Library location across the city. Essay contest winners receive three Red Sox tickets for him/herself and a parent or guardian to watch the Red Sox play against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park on Sunday, August 24. Winners also receive a Red Sox hat, t-shirt, backpack, and a food voucher good for a Fenway Frank and a soda or water.

The Read Your Way to Fenway summer essay contest is generously supported by the Boston Public Library Foundation, John Hancock, the Boston Red Sox Foundation, and Aramark.

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