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

Summer vacation has arrived, and with it comes baseball season! That means it is time to stretch your body and mind. Playing games and sports is a great way to exercise your body during the summer so you can be strong and healthy for the next school year.

Keeping your mind strong and healthy is important, too. 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. That is why the Rays, the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program, Tampa Bay area library systems and Suncoast Credit Union have teamed up to encourage and reward students for reading.

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 can circle the bases - first, second, third and home - and collect prizes as they go. Read 24 hours and you will receive a voucher to get two tickets to see the Rays in action at Tropicana Field.

All students in grades K-12, in Charlotte, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties are eligible to participate.

The Rays are excited about this summer reading program. To see what books Evan Longoria, Chris Archer, Alex Colome, Matt Duffy, Kevin Keirmaier and, of course, Raymond and DJ Kitty like to read, 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 21.

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

Teachers, counselors and parents: If you would like copies of this publication for your summer reading classes, home school groups or camp programs, please email ordernie@tampabay.com.

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

Click here for lesson plans and activities on the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education website.

Click here for the Rays news!

Click here for the official Tampa Bay Rays website

Click here for the official Rays Reading with the Rays website


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: hernandocountylibrary.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

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 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 this summer or during the school year, email ordernie@tampabay.com.


 Evan Longoria

Evan Longoria | #3 | 3rd Baseman Chris Archer
Chris Archer | #22 | Pitcher
Alex Colome
Alex Colomé | #37 | Pitcher
Matt Duffy
Matt Duffy | #5 | Shortstop

Kevin Kiermaier

Kevin Kiermaier | #39 | Center Fielder

Raymond Ray
Raymond
DJ Kitty
DJ Kitty