“Reading impacts your life no matter what you want to do,” said Appoquinimink High School librarian Christine Payne.

Real Men are Adventurous.

Real Men Race Cars!

Real Men Throw Down.

But to be able to do all of these things, real men have to know how to read.

This was the theme Thursday night for the Appoquinimink School District's fifth annual Real Men Read event.

"Reading impacts your life no matter what you want to do," said Appoquinimink High School librarian Christine Payne.

Hundreds of boys, and even girls, came out to Alfred G. Waters Middle School to see how reading ties into everyday life -- no matter what career path you chose.

Appoquinimink High School senior Kevin Wiercyski was one of several presenters, who demonstrated how reading intertwines into every day life.

Wiercyski, a performance engine builder and tire technician, told a group of boys during his session that reading is essential when working on cars because you need to know how to read manuals.

"There are plenty of things and manuals that require reading,"

Larry Alston Jr., 9, and his father attended Wiercyski's session on reading.

The younger Alston though doesn't have to be convinced that reading is cool.

"I like reading different books on adventure because you don't know what will happen next," he said.

He favorite are Pokemon books.

For his father, the night was about having a, "night out

with dad."

Boys were asked to bring a male role model with them who would be someone they can look up to as a man who reads.

The keynote speaker for this year's event was Roland Smith, a popular young adult author who uses his experiences working with animals to inspire many of his stories.

"I worked all over the world before being an author," Smith told the packed auditorium Thursday night. "I needed something to write about if I was going to write books."

He talked about how he found ideas for his books during his more than 20 years traveling the world and working with animals.

"I think anyone can write a book," Smith told the students. "Writers aren't born, they're made."

He also told the students during his keynote speech that if he could read for a living, he would do that.

"Writing is a close second though," he added.

Many of the students already enjoy reading.

This was the second year that Eric Nichols bought his two sons Gabe and Alex to the event.

"They come away pumped and ready to read," he said. "They have a great time."