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Yankee Pitcher: Adam Warren. Freddy Villegas, 10, Aguilar Library. Yulian Dlaboha, 8, Mid-Manhattan Library. Emilio Sanchez, 13, Hamilton Grange Library. Lucas Miller, 10, Carroll Gardens Library (Brooklyn Public Library winner).


On Wednesday, August 26th, The New York Public Library will be celebrated the participants of our Summer Reading essay contest. Enthused young readers from all over the Library system submitted essays concentrating on a baseball-focused book or their baseball hero.  One winner from each age group (6–9 years, 10–12 years and 13–18 years) has been chosen to represent The Library at the Summer Reading Yankees game on the 26th.

Our winners include:
Emilio (age 13): A regular at the Hamilton Grange branch, Emilio visits the Library every day in the summer as he prepares for his 8th-grade year.  Crowned “Councilmember for the Day” by the City Council in 2013, he’s helped on the election campaigns for CM Mark Levine and Manhattan BP Robert Jackson, passing out fliers, making phone calls and canvassing. Emilio’s winning essay was a review of Derek Jeter’s autobiography “The Life You Imagine.”
Freddy (age 10): A student at PS-57 in Manhattan, Freddy is a regular at the Aguilar branch where he likes to read biographies, sports fiction, and academic books. Freddy wrote about his number one baseball hero – Mariano Rivera.

Julian (age 8): A rising 3rd grader, Julian is a patron of our Mid-Manhattan branch and is bilingual in Ukranian and English. Julian loves to read books on adventure, sports, and mysteries.
Summer Reading is NYPL’s largest annual program for children and teens. It helps prevent “summer slide”, the effect of school children often falling behind in reading skills during the summer vacation months. This contest, done in conjunction with Brooklyn Public Library, challenges readers to think critically about their reading.


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