With baseball season and summer in full swing, the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education department has partnered with the Tampa Bay Rays and the libraries in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties for a fun and exciting summer.
Reading with the Rays will encourage you to read more this summer and to visit the library regularly before you return to school this fall. By reading books this summer, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk county elementary school students in grades three through five can circle the bases - first, second, third and home - and collect prizes as they go.
Make it all the way around to home and your ultimate reward is a ticket to see the Rays in action at Tropicana field in July, August or September.
You can see the Rays at one of the following games (based on availability of tickets):
Tuesday, 7/30 vs. Arizona
Sunday, 8/4 vs. San Francisco
Friday, 8/16 vs. Toronto
Tuesday, 9/17 vs. Texas
Friday, 9/20 vs. Baltimore
Sunday, 9/22 vs. Baltimore
Monday, 9/23 vs. Baltimore
The Rays are excited about this summer reading program. To see what Evan Longoria, Ben Zobrist, Joe Peralta, Sam Fuld, Chris Archer and, of course, Raymond 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 June 9. If you miss that edition of the newspaper, you can pick up a copy of the publication at your local library.
Click here to download a copy of the Reading with the Rays publication.
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Get in the know!
This summer, families and school district employees can subscribe to the 13/13 NIE program: 13 weeks of the Times, for $13. New subscribers to the Times can take advantage of this program by calling 1-800-888-7012 during normal hours of operation: Monday through Friday 6 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 6-11 a.m., Sunday 7-11 a.m. Ask for special offer code NIE2250. You also can subscribe at tampabay.com/special offer. Enter code 2250.
NIE Blogging Zone
The NIE Blogging Zone is a great place for parents, teachers, media specialists and librarians to share their thoughts about the Reading with the Rays program. Go to tampabay.com/blogs/niezone
Visit your library and read your way to the ballpark
After a hard day at the ballpark, Matt Joyce’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 exploring the Internet, 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:
Citrus County Library System
Hernando County Library System
Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative
Manatee County Library System
Pasco County Library Cooperative
Pinellas Public Library Cooperative
Polk County Library Cooperative
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.