Rays' End of Summer Baseball Bash

Tampa Bay Rays to Hold End of Summer Baseball Bash at Downtown Library
Posted on 07/13/2018
MANATEE COUNTY, FL (July 13, 2018) – For the past three years, the Tampa Bay Rays have visited Downtown Library at the start of the summer to launch the Reading With the Rays Program. This year, the Rays are planning another visit but this time for an End-of-the-Summer Baseball Bash on Friday, August 3.

Kids Checking Out BooksPresented by the Suncoast Credit Union and supported by the Rays Baseball Foundation and the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education, Reading With the Rays encourages school-aged children to read throughout the summer break by offering prizes.

Children can read books, magazines or newspapers and use baseball-diamond game cards to track their hours and turn into the library for prizes. The top prize is two tickets to a Rays game, which is achieved by reading a total of 24 hours (home plate). Other prizes are as follows: First Base (3 hours), Rays Arm Sleeve; Second Base (5 hours more), Rays Sunglasses; and Third Base (7 hours more), Rays Drawstring Bag.


Suncoast Credit Union Tabling at Rays Event in 2017Similar to previous Downtown Library visits, the Rays plan to bring a current or former Rays player. Evan Longoria, former third baseman was the guest player for the past three summers. Look for an announcement about the guest Rays player by following Manatee Libraries on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @manalibraries

Library Services Manager and Interim Neighborhood Services Director, Ava Ehde, welcomes an end-of-the-summer celebration before the new school year begins on Monday, August 13.

“We’re excited that we can host events to help kids celebrate their reading achievements over the summer. The Rays have been a wonderful partner and always draw a large crowd of enthusiastic program participants, and we hope this event will encourage more kids to complete their summer reading goals before the start of the school year,” said Ehde.

Downtown Library is located at 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton 34205. The Rays’ Baseball Bash will take place from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, August 3.

More information about the Reading with the Rays Summer program can be found by going to raysbaseball.com/reading.

About the Manatee County Public Library System: The Florida Library Association’s 2016 Library of Year and two-time Innovation winner, the Manatee County Public Library System supports the County’s growing community and visitors through a wide range of educational and technological resources and programs at six facilities in downtown Bradenton (Riverwalk), the east county region, the south county area, Holmes Beach, Palmetto and Ellenton. This past year, Manatee Libraries was visited by nearly 850,000 customers who made use of its resources over 3.9 million times (a record high). Downloads of their digital ebook/eaudio/movies have continued to double each year, while technical training and computer assistance were up 16%. The 47,000 customers who attended their wide variety of informational and educational programs and events reflect an increase of 130% since 2006. Please contact Kelly Foster, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator, at 941-748-5555, ext. 6307, for any additional information, or visit mymanatee.org/library and follow them at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @manalibraries. For more information about Manatee County Government, call 941-748-4501 or visit mymanatee.org, facebook.com/manatee.county.fl or twitter @ManateeGov

About Suncoast Credit Union: Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the ninth largest in the United States based on membership and the twelfth largest in the United States based on its more than $9 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 62 full-service branches and serves approximately 775,000 members in the following Florida counties: Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated more than $22 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education and emotional well-being of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit: suncoastcreditunion.com, facebook.com/SuncoastCreditUnion or @SuncoastCU.

About the Tampa Bay Rays: The Tampa Bay Rays mission is to energize the community through the magic of Rays baseball. The organization is committed to building a strong community bond through meaningful interactions and charitable donations and has proudly represented Major League Baseball since 1998.

About The Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education (NIE) Program: A cooperative effort between schools and the Times Publishing Company, the NIE promotes the use of newspapers in print and electronic form as educational resources. Since the Mid-1970s, NIE has provided schools with class sets of the Times free of charge. For more information, go to tampabay.com/nie or follow them on Twitter at TBTimesNIE.