The Baltimore Orioles mascot flips through its team's magazine.

Sarasota County is once again partnering with the Baltimore Orioles for the Big League Reader program, which fosters youth literacy and a love of reading. Now in its 10th year, the program encourages children ages six to 18 to read three or more books during February and March to earn a free reserved grandstand ticket to the Orioles Spring Training game at Ed Smith Stadium on March 14. The first 100 kids who finish the program will receive a free wristband when they return to the library and get their scorecard stamped. Big League Readers will also have the opportunity to enter their names into a drawing for the chance to throw out the game's first pitch. All readers receive a free hat when they wear their wristband to the game. During the month of February, children ages six and older may visit any of the 10 Sarasota County Libraries and pick up a Big League Reader scorecard to participate, until the program's completion on March 9. This year's game will be at 6:05 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Ed Smith Stadium with the Orioles taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates. All books must be read, and scorecards stamped, by Monday, March 9. Participants can sign-up at any county library. An adult companion ticket will be available at a reduced rate. Seating is limited and stamped scorecards will be accepted at the box office until Wednesday, March 11. For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at (941) 861-5000 or visit scgov.net.

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