Partner Spotlight: Omaha Storm Chasers

Stormy, the Omaha Storm Chasers's mascot, visits storytimes at OPL branches each summer.

What do the Omaha Storm Chasers and OPL have in common? A love of reading! Every summer, the Storm Chasers sponsor two “Library Nights” for Summer Reading Program (SRP) participants. To accommodate all SRP participants, the Storm Chasers donate over 26,000 game vouchers to OPL annually.

“Reading is such an important part of everyday life,” said Andrea Stava, Assistant General Manager of Operations for the Storm Chasers. “We do classroom visits during the school year to promote reading, and working with the library is a great way to keep that promotion going through the summer.”

This partnership with Omaha’s Minor League Baseball team started when they were known as the Omaha Royals and played at Rosenblatt Stadium, and has continued through the team’s name change and relocation to Werner Park in Sarpy County. Library Night allows OPL representatives an opportunity to reconnect with SRP participants in attendance. OPL Marketing Manager Emily Getzschman said that the best part of the Storm Chasers’ Library Night is “seeing all of the kids who completed their summer reading goals come to the library’s booth and tell us how excited they are to be there.”

This year’s Library Night games are scheduled for Sunday, July 30, and Monday, July 31, when the Storm Chasers will play the Fresno Grizzlies.

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