Tue. Jul 5th, 2022

Photos courtesy of the Washington Nationals

Nats players Sean Doolittle and Josh Bell are taking their talents off the field and into the stacks.

Driving the news: The Nationals Summer Reading program kicks off this Sunday, which means our two favorite players will be reading to kids over four weekends this summer.

Why it matters: The team partners annually with local libraries to combat the “summer slide” – the loss of learning when school’s out and kids do not read during vacation.

Details: Doo and Bell will hold read-alouds, libraries all across the region will lead reading-themed activities, and kids will get the chance to bring home free books prior to four home games.

📚 Here’s when the reading events will take place:

  • May 29 vs. Colorado Rockies
  • June 12 vs. Milwaukee Brewers
  • July 17 vs. Atlanta Braves
  • August 14 vs. San Diego Padres

How it works: These Sunday reading events are free with a ticket to that day’s game and take place from 12:15 pm-1:15 pm in the Kennedy Room of the Club Level at the park.

  • Children are also encouraged to take part in their local library’s summer reading program, which will give them the chance to redeem a voucher for two Nats tickets.


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