Columbus Blue Jacket mascot, "Stinger," will be on hand this weekend as the Pickerington Public Library hosts an event to merge reading and learning with hockey.
For the second straight year, the Pickerington Public Library "Hockey Fun."
The program is planned from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12.
The event will include a hockey-related story time in which books highlighting the sport will be read to children and people of all ages.
It also will feature a visit by Stinger, who library officials said has agreed to make an appearance and pose for photos with library visitors.
"This is the first time we've had Stinger," said April Anda, a juvenile programming assistant at the library.
"Pretty much, this is to come to the library and have a good time."
Anda has had a large part in bringing Hockey Fun to the library.
As an avid Columbus Blue Jackets backer, she and her husband frequently attend games.
"We're big Blue Jackets fans," she said.
The program, Anda said, is yet another effort by the library to reach out to a variety of interests in the community.
It's also a way to fuse topical issues -- because the Blue Jackets are making a push to qualify for the NHL playoffs as the regular season is drawing to a close -- with reading.
"We're going to read some hockey books, and we might do street hockey outside, weather permitting," Anda said.
No registration is required to attend Hockey Fun, and the event is free.