Reading with the Rays
Welcome to the Reading with the Rays: Read your way to the ballpark Summer Reading 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 also 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: Read Your Way to the Ballpark program and encourage students in grades Pre-K through 12 to read throughout the summer.
The Reading with the Rays program will encourage students to read more this summer and to visit the library regularly before they return to school in August. By reading books this summer, Charlotte, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota county students can circle the bases — first, second, third, home and collect prizes as they go. Once students reach home base, they will win two tickets to see the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field!
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, May 27. You also can get a copy of the publication at your local library or at Tropicana Field.
Teachers and Summer camps counselors: If you would like copies of this publication for your summer reading classes or programs, please email [email protected].
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Click here for the official Tampa Bay Rays summer reading website
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Click Here to download a copy of the Reading with the Rays publication.
You can pick up your Reading with the Rays game card @ your local library.
Visit your library and read your way to the ballpark.
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 and learn about the world around you.
Reading is 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
- Website: citruslibraries.org
- Phone: 352-795-3716
- Hernando County Public Library System
- Website: hernandocountylibrary.us
- Phone: 352-754-4043
- Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative
- Website: hcplc.org
- Phone: 813-273-3652
- Manatee County Library System
- Website: mymanatee.org/library.html
- Phone: 941-748-5555
- New Port Richey Public Library
- Website: nprlibrary.org
- Phone: 727-853-1267
- 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 Libraries
- Website: scgov.net/government/departments/libraries
- Phone: 941-861-5000
Want to have more 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?
Teachers, you can access free educational resources on our Newspaper in Education website.
To find out how to receive free access to the digital edition for your students contact, [email protected].
Read Your Way to the Ballpark
The rules of the Read Your Way to the Ballpark game are simple. Get your game card at your library in Charlotte, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk or Sarasota counties. Choose your favorite books from your local library or select your favorite section of the Tampa Bay Times to read over the summer. As you read, track your hours by rounding the bases and collect Rays rewards along the way.
When you read enough hours to get on first base, ask your parent or guardian to initial your card, then bring it to your local library. The librarian will initial your card and give you a reading reward. Round the bases by reading a total of 24 hours this summer and receive two tickets to a select Rays game at Tropicana Field (see the game card for details)!
All students in grades Prekindergarten through 12 can participate.
Read around the bases — 24 hours total
Read 3 hours to get from Home Plate to First Base
Reward:Reading with the Rays Arm Sleeve
Read 5 more hours to get from First to Second Base
Reward:Reading with the Rays Sunglasses
Read 7 more hours to get from Second to Third Base
Reward:Reading with the Rays Drawstring Bag
Read 9 more hours to get from Third Base to Home Plate
Reward:Reading with the Rays voucher redeemable for two complimentary tickets to a 2018 Rays regular season home game (select dates and restrictions apply)
In order to receive your two (2) free Rays upper deck tickets, please follow the directions on the Reading with the Rays: Read Your Way to the Ballpark official game card.
Teachers / Parents
Are you looking for a creative way to charge up your summer school classroom? If so, you may want to check out a free classroom subscription to the Tampa Bay Times. Join the thousands of Tampa Bay-area teachers who already have discovered the value of using the Tampa Bay Times with their students. No matter what subject you teach, the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program can provide you with a classroom subscription to the Times plus exciting curriculum supplements to use with the newspaper. Best of all, the newspapers and supplements are provided free of charge!
Print out our Newspaper Fun with Raymond activity cards to engage your students in reading the newspaper.
Students love computers and tablets, and now they can learn with the digital edition of the Tampa Bay Times, from the convenience of their computer, tablet, or smartphone, in school, at the library and at home. Teachers, simply sign up for the digital edition and you'll have daily access to an electronic version of the newspaper that you can share with your students and thier families. You will be saving trees, avoiding newspaper pileup and making learning more interactive and exciting. The digital edition is an exact replica of the printed paper. Plus, you have online access to NIE curricula, the Tampa Bay Times archive, email notification by key word and much more.
Reading increases vocabulary, writing skills and knowledge of the world around us. What better way to increase knowledge about the world than by reading newspapers? What better way to make this reading more interactive than by using the digital edition?
To order copies of the Times for your summer school class, email [email protected].
Parents: Extra! Extra! Read all about it!
Sure, our summer reading program is fun for kids, but here is the best reason to participate: Research has shown that student performance on standardized tests is improved by using the newspaper as a reading resource and that the combined use of the newspaper in school and at home brings an even greater increase in test scores. We know that children learn best when parents are interested and involved in their education.
Many parents have found that using the newspaper is an easy, enjoyable way to read, talk and think together with their children. Seeing a parent read the newspaper every day motivates a child to want to do the same – read and learn.
Print out our Newspaper Fun with Raymond activity cards to engage your child in reading the newspaper.
Check out the following websites for helpful parent tips:
International Reading Association Educator Resources
U.S. Department of Education
Reading is Fundamental
Public Broadcasting Service Parents
International Literacy Association: Parent & After School Resources
Attention Hillsborough County Parents:
Did you know the myON Reader provides anytime, anywhere access to an expanding online collection (currently more than 3,000 titles!) of digital books with multimedia support, including an embedded dictionary, text highlighting and audio? All Hillsborough County Public School (HCPS) students up to eighth grade have a login to access myON. If you are an HCPS student, to log in go to myon.com and enter the name of your school, your user ID (your seven-digit student number) and your password (your birthday month and year; example: July 2005= 072005). You can access myON Reader online at any school computer, on your home computer, on many mobile devices (including Android and iPad) or at any public library! To learn more about this community effort, go to hillsborough.myon.com.
Preventing the summer slide
"Literacy is a form of self-defense. If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one's chances of survival increase with each book one reads." –Author Sherman Alexie, author
Reading really is fundamental. Reading every day will help you improve your vocabulary, critical thinking and writing skills. And, reading is fun. Exploring new worlds, learning new things, meeting new characters – fictional or nonfictional – can help stimulate your creativity and imagination.
Keeping your mind strong and healthy is important, especially over the summer months. The best way to exercise your brain is by reading. Tampa Bay Rays baseball players know the importance of staying healthy and strong and keeping their minds active.
You can choose to read any books that interest you. You also can read the Tampa Bay Times. Within the pages of the Tampa Bay Times, in print or online, you will find news, sports, adventure, comics, classifieds and a lot of fun things to do and read about. You can follow articles about the Rays by our world class sports writers.
Below are some suggested book lists by grade levels and subject matters.
Please be aware that Young Adult books are appropriate for middle and high school students; however, young adult books may contain adult-oriented themes. The books on these lists are not being endorsed by the Tampa Bay Rays, public libraries, public school systems or Tampa Bay Times.
Elementary Reading – Prekindergarten through fifth grade level
- Suggested book titles: Prek-2
- Suggested book titles: 3-5
- Suggested graphic novels: 3-5
- Picture books and easy readers
Young Adult Reading – middle (6-8 grades) and high school (9-12 grades) level
Con la temporada de béisbol y el verano en pleno apogeo, el periódico de Educación del Tampa Bay Times se ha asociado nuevamente con Tampa Bay Rays, Suncoast Credit Union y las bibliotecas de Charlotte, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk y Condados de Sarasota para un verano divertido y emocionante.
Este año, Centro Tampa, publicado por el Tampa Bay Times, se ha unido a esta colaboración para la lectura en el verano.
El programa Leyendo con los Rays alentará a los estudiantes a leer má s este verano y a visitar la biblioteca regularmente antes de regresar a la escuela en agosto. Al leer libros este verano, los estudiantes del condado de Charlotte, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk y Sarasota podrán rodear las bases: primera, segunda, tercera, home y recogerá n premios a medida que avanzan. ¡Una vez que los estudiantes lleguen a Home, ganarán dos boletos para ver los Rays de Tampa Bay en el Tropicana Field!
Este año, puedes obtener tu copia de Leyendo con los Rays: Lee Jugando al Béisbol, en inglés o español. La versión en inglés estará en su periódico Tampa Bay Times el domingo 27 de mayo. La versión en español estará en su periódico Centro el viernes 1 de junio.
También puedes encontrar ambas publicaciones en tu biblioteca local y en el Tropicana Field.
Maestros y consejeros de Campamentos de verano: si desean obtener copias de esta publicación para sus clases o programas de lectura de verano, envíen un correo electrónico a [email protected].
Haga Clic aquí para ver el sitio web oficial de lectura de verano de Tampa Bay Rays.
Haga Clic aquí para la publicación Leyendo con Los Rays.