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Nationals to Visit Summer Reading All-Stars at Four D.C. Public Libraries

To celebrate DC Public Library's 2014 Summer Reading program sponsored by the Washington Nationals, the team's players and manager Matt Williams will visit D.C. public libraries on Saturday, July 19 to read to and interact with local youth enrolled in the three-month initiative.

The 2014 Summer Reading program, which runs through August, is the largest program in the District that addresses the "summer slide," or the loss of learning that children experience during the summer months. Comprised of several age-specific initiatives, the program encourages summer reading by offering local youth various baseball-related incentives, including a Nationals/DC Public Library soft baseball (kids up to the age of five), a Nationals Activity Book (ages six through 12) and tickets to select Nationals games for students (ages 6 through 18) who reach the summer reading goal of eight hours.

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As part of the partnership, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation also contributed a $4,000 grant to the DC Public Library Foundation to purchase baseball-themed books. Through this partnership, the Nationals aim to reach more than 12,000 children and encourage continued learning during their summer vacation. 

NATIONALS READING Schedule *
SATURDAY, JULY 19

  • Manager Matt Williams, his wife Erika and their daughter Madison
    • WHERE: Tenley Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW
    • WHEN: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Outfielder Scott Hairston
    • WHERE: Deanwood Library, 1350 49th Street NE
    • WHEN: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Outfielder and Summer Reading program ambassador Denard Span
    • WHERE: Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Road SE
    • WHEN: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Pitcher Drew Storen will visit the Mount Pleasant Library
    • WHERE: Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW
    • WHEN: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

*All player appearances are subject to change.

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