Four key players of the Woodward Granger High School baseball team recently visited the Granger Public Library for a special afternoon story time.
The players, Senior Jake Smiley, Junior Alex Bodermann, Sophomore Race Brant, and Freshman Brady Aunspach spoke to the elementary students about their love of baseball, why sports matter and how teamwork is essential to winning, said Librarian Jane Brown. “We understand what a positive role model these players are to our young patrons, and we were delighted to have Coach Eric Evans offer to have them stop by,” Brown said. “We hope other groups and teams visit in the next school year.”
And the kids ate it up! All hands shot up, when the players asked, “Who likes to play baseball? Who liked to play T-Ball? The kids peppered the players with questions and listened intently as the Hawks described how they developed their love of the game in grade school. The kids posed for photos with the players and eagerly asked for autographs, just like in the big leagues.
During the school year, the Granger Public Library offers books, puzzles, and craft projects for elementary school students from 2:15-4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons following the early out dismissal for teachers’ Professional Development.