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Reading with the Rays: Read your way to the ballpark
Welcome to the Reading with the Rays program!


With baseball season and summer in full swing, the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education department has again partnered with the Tampa Bay Rays, Suncoast Credit Union and the libraries in Charlotte, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties for a fun and exciting summer.  

The Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program is proud to partner with the school districts in Charlotte, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties to promote the Reading with the Rays program and encourage students in grades Pre-K through 12 to read.

The Reading with the Rays program will encourage you to read more this summer and to visit the library regularly before you return to school in August. By reading books this summer, Charlotte, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota county students in can circle the bases - first, second, third and home - and collect prizes as they go.

Although the printed publication is focused on students in grades three through five, all students, K-12, are eligible to participate.

Students who make it all the way around to home will earn a certificate of completion signed by Evan Longoria and the ultimate reward of two tickets to see our Tampa Bay Rays in action at Tropicana Field!

The Rays are excited about this summer reading program. To see what Evan Longoria, Chris Archer, Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi, Kevin Cash and, of course, Raymond and DJ Kitty have to say about reading, be sure to get your copy of Reading with the Rays: Read your way to the ballpark, which will be in your Tampa Bay Times newspaper on Sunday, June 12.

If you miss that edition of the newspaper, you can pick up a copy of the publication at your local library.

Teachers and Counselors: If you would like copies of this publication for your summer reading classes or programs, please email ordernie@tampabay.com.

Click here to download a copy of the Reading with the Rays publication.

Click here for the Rays news!

Click here for the official Tampa Bay Rays website



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Visit your library and read your way to the ballpark
After a hard day at the ballpark, Evan Longoria's favorite part of the day is relaxing and reading the newspaper. Reading can be relaxing as well as entertaining. You can enjoy the best of both worlds this summer by participating in the Rays Read your way to the ballpark program. Your local library can be a great place to have fun during the summer break.

By reading books and the Tampa Bay Times, you can have a lot of adventures.

Books are your ticket to learning about the past and traveling around the world this summer. Be your own travel agent and choose your destinations that will lead you right back to the Tampa Bay area and Tropicana Field. The best place to find your favorite books is @ your library.

You can pick up your Reading with the Rays game card @ your library
The following library systems are proud partners of the Reading with the Rays program:

Charlotte County Public Library System
Website: charlottecountyfl.com/library
Phone: 941-613-3170

Citrus County Library System
Website: citruslibraries.org
Phone: 352-795-3716

Hernando County Library System
Website: hcpl.lib.fl.us
Phone: 352-754-4043

Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative

Website: hcplc.org
Phone: 813-273-3652

Manatee County Library System
Website: www.mymanatee.org/library.html
Phone: 941-748-5555

Pasco County Library Cooperative

Website: pascolibraries.org
Phone: 727-861-3040

Pinellas Public Library Cooperative

Website: pplc.us
Phone: 727-441-8408

Polk County Library Cooperative
Website: mypclc.org
Phone: 863-834-4280

Sarasota County Library System
Website: scgov.net/library
Phone: 941-861-5000

Want to have some fun this summer?
Check out your library’s summer programs. You can find out about your library’s calendar of events, kids’ programs and special events by going to the main library web page.

Want to read the Tampa Bay Times this summer?
Check out the exciting stories, photos, cartoons and more in the daily newspaper. You can subscribe to the Times by logging onto tampabay.com and clicking on Subscriber Services.

Teachers, you can access free educational resources on our NIE website. To find out how to receive free access to the digital edition for your students, email ordernie@tampabay.com.


Chris Archer

Evan Longoria | #3 | 3rd BaseDavid DeJesus
Chris Archer | #22 | Pitcher
Matt Joyce
Matt Moore | #55 | Pitcher
Ben Zobrist
Jake Odorizzi | #23 | Pitcher

Kevin Cash | #16 | Manager

Raymond Ray
Raymond
DJ Kitty
DJ Kitty