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May 29, 2014

Take me out to the library — and the Braves game!

— This summer, the Atlanta Braves are again partnering with the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) for the Atlanta Braves Summer Reading Program, “Home Run Readers.”

The educational outreach program encourages students to build a love for reading, as well as advance their reading skills during the summer months.

“At the Northwest Georgia Regional Library System with branches in Calhoun, Chatsworth and Dalton, this is a perfect fit with the Summer Reading Program. Children come into the library and read a book related to sports, complete the activity online, get their code for a ticket from the librarian and can also note that reading on their Summer Reading Log. This is a win-win for everyone,” said Linda Floyd, library system director.  

Home Run Readers rewards students in grades K-12 throughout the state with a free Braves ticket and a free Subway meal for reading books and completing the online activity. Discounted tickets for accompanying family members and friends will be available for each game for as low as $12 each.

All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman is serving as the Braves’ ambassador for the program’s second year. Program-related events are planned at Turner Field throughout the summer.

Reward tickets can be redeemed up to one week in advance for any of the five following games: Tuesday, June 3, versus the Seattle Mariners; Tuesday, July 22, versus the Miami Marlins; Sunday, Aug. 17, versus the Oakland Athletics; Tuesday, Sept. 2, versus the Philadelphia Phillies; and Tuesday, Sept. 23, versus the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“We are so excited to continue this partnership between the Braves and Georgia’s public libraries,” said Julie Walker, Georgia’s deputy state librarian. “Reading incentives such as this are a great way to help young people develop a love for reading while providing fun for the entire family. Home Run Readers and its related events will be excellent examples of our three organizations’ joint commitment to communities across the state.”

Home Run Readers is open to all Georgia students in grades K-12. The sign-up period runs through Aug. 24.

Program rules, a list of suggested titles, registration information and redemption forms are available online at www.braves.com/reading.


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