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updated: 2/1/2011 3:30 PM

Wolves player to visit Barrington library Feb. 8

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  • Wolves center Jared Ross

    Wolves center Jared Ross
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Chicago Wolves

On Tuesday, Feb. 8, Chicago Wolves forwards Angelo Esposito and Jared Ross will make appearances at three Chicagoland libraries next week as a part of the "Read to Succeed" program, presented by Butternut Bread, Pace and Vista Health System.

At 4 p.m., Angelo Esposito will stop by Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Hwy., then appear at South Holland Public Library, 16250 Wausau Ave., at 6:30 p.m.

At 6 p.m., Jared Ross will stop by the Barrington Area Public Library, 505 N. Northwest Hwy.

The Wolves players will discuss the importance of recreational reading and encourage kids to use the many resources that libraries have to offer. The players will speak about the benefits of reading outside the classroom and explain how reading and education play a part in their lives as professional athletes.

Children will have the opportunity to win prizes, including Wolves hats, mini hockey sticks and tickets to upcoming Wolves games for setting and achieving their reading goals. The players will also dress a child in hockey equipment and sign autographs.

"We are excited to continue to partner with Chicagoland libraries to promote reading outside of school," said Wolves Senior Vice President of Operations Courtney Mahoney. "The opportunity for a child to meet Wolves players and hear that they value reading and education in their lives as professional athletes can have a profound effect on their attitude toward recreational reading."

Throughout the season, nearly 100 libraries and 30,000 children will participate in the program, with Wolves players making appearances at select libraries in the DuPage, North Suburban and Metropolitan library systems. More than 550,000 children have participated in "Read to Succeed" since the program's inception in 1995.

For information, or tickets to Wolves home games, call (800) THE-WOLVES or visit