Zach Miskovic

Hockey lovers take note: Forest Park Public Library was chosen by the Chicago Wolves Hockey Read to Succeed program for a team member visit Tuesday from 4 – 5 p.m.

Young readers can meet Wolves hockey star Zach Miskovic, who grew up in River Forest, not far from Gunzo’s Hockey Headquarters on Madison Street. Miskovic will sign autographs and show off his hockey gear – which kids can also try on.

The Chicago Wolves program brings hockey players to area libraries and schools. Students can download a reading log from the Wolves website and email Wolves players and tell them about their favorite books. Readers can also win hockey gear.

“The goal is for kids to spend more time in libraries so they see the valuable resources they have to offer, and understand the benefits of reading as a recreational tool,” says the Wolves website.

For 15 minutes of recreational reading per day, a child is exposed to one million words per year, the website says. The library participates every year, but only a few libraries actually get a team member to visit, said Children’s Librarian Susan Kunkle.

“Everyone we’ve met from the Wolves has been amazing and great with the kids,” said Kunkle.

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...