WWE and YALSA host the WrestleMania Reading Challenge Finals at the Detroit Public Library

Contact: Nichole Gilbert
YALSA Program Officer
312-280-4387
For Immediate Release
March 27, 2007

WWE and YALSA host the WrestleMania Reading Challenge Finals at the Detroit Public Library

CHICAGO - World Wrestling Entertainment®’s (WWE) Bobby Lashley and Rey Mysterio and WWE Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Hart will host the WrestleMania Reading Challenge Finals at the Detroit Public Library Saturday March 31, from 10 a.m. to noon. They will be joined by authors Chris Crutcher and Paul Volponi at the Detroit Public Library’s main library, 5201 Woodward Avenue, in the Friends Auditorium.

The first 200 teens in attendance will receive free gift bags. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited to 400. The band The High Strung, who have just launched their 2007 Library Tour, will appear along with the authors and WWE superstars.

At the finals, five teens from across the country will compete to be named the National WrestleMania Reading Challenge Champion and to win a pair of ringside seats at WrestleMania 23. Finalists will be asked trivia questions relating to Crutcher’s book “Athletic Shorts” and Volponi’s “Black and White.” The WrestleMania Reading Challenge is a new national literacy initiative that encourages teens to take time to ‘read for the fun of it.’ The event was designed as a means of extending Teen Read Week, which is sponsored annually by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association.

“While nearly three out of four young people ages 8 to 18 years old report that they read for pleasure in a typical day, research shows that number is declining,” said YALSA President Judy Nelson. “We aim to turn that around through efforts such as this WrestleMania Reading Challenge.”

For more information, please visit the Teen Read Week Web site at www.ala.org/teenread. Media interested in scheduling interviews may contact Nichole Gilbert, YALSA Program Officer at 312-280-4387.