• Big League Reader Day at Ed Smith Stadium this Saturday 

    SARASOTA COUNTY – Local children and teens who participated in Sarasota County Libraries and Baltimore Orioles’ Big League Reader program earned a free grandstand ticket to Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday to watch the Baltimore Orioles host the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    The program, now in its seventh consecutive year, is a collaborative effort between the county’s public libraries and the Orioles. Area youth who read three books in February, then turned in their “scorecard” earned a free ticket to the game. More than 300 books have been read so far.

    Throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Saturday’s game will be eight-year-old Jeremiah Jeantet, a homeschool second-grader who visits Gulf Gate Public Library. Jeremiah’s name was randomly selected among the names of area youths who participated in this year’s program. He’ll be accompanied to the mound by Sarasota County’s Director of Libraries and Historical Resources, Sarabeth Kalajian. 


    WHAT: Big League Reader Day at Ed Smith Stadium.

    WHEN: 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11. 

    WHERE: Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota

    WHY/HOW: Big League Readers will be easy to spot at Sunday’s game in their Orioles’ orange T-shirts. 

    MORE INFORMATION: Sarasota County Communications, news@scgov.net or 941-861-NEWS.



    Sarabeth Kalajian – Director of Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources.

    David Rovine – Vice President of Orioles-Sarasota.

    Jeremiah Jeantet – Winner of the drawing to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and excited second-grader.    


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