Want to See a Smackdown, Kids? Then Read! 

Do you have a 'tween or teen who loves the three Rs: reading, 'riting and 'restling? Then sign that bad boy or girl up for a chance to win a trip to WrestleMania XXVI in Phoenix this year. Youngsters in grades 5-12 who want to participate in the WrestleMania Reading Challenge at Boise Public Library will read one item a week (book, graphic novel, magazine) for 10 weeks and keep a reading log to be turned in by Jan. 19, 2010. To compete for prizes, which include $2,000 for the library's 'tween and teen collection, they will also design a bookmark about the value of reading.

The importance reading plays in a young person's life is not up for debate, and World Wrestling Entertainment, Mattel and the Young Adult Library Services Association have joined together to find a way to get kids who are totally into a Raw smackdown to add reading to their list of favorite things. Plus, the more they read, the better they can follow the exploits of John Cena, Ricky Steamboat, Chris Jericho or Slam Master J.

For information on ways to participate in the challenge, visit boisepubliclibrary.org or stop by any of the library branches for details: the Main Library at 715 S. Capitol Blvd.; the Library at Hillcrest at 5246 W. Overland Road in the Hillcrest Shopping Center; the Library at Cole and Ustick at 7557 W. Ustick Road in the Library Plaza; and the Library at Collister at 4724 W. State St. in the Collister Shopping Center.

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