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Reading with the Rays!
Reading with the Rays!

Pinellas County, Florida -- 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 rules are as follows:

  • Choose your favorite books from your local library or select your favorite section of the Tampa Bay Times to read over the summer.
  • Go to your local library to get your game card.
  • As you read, track your hours by rounding the bases and collect Rays rewards along the way.
  • When you read enough hours to get to 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 a ticket to a Rays game!

Click here for more official rules and information. 


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