Tampa Bay Rays All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria to read for students Monday at Manatee County Central Library

MANATEE -- Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria will visit the Manatee County Central Library to kick off the 2015 “Reading with the Rays—Read Your Way to the Ballpark” program from 11 a.m.-noon Monday at 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., West Bradenton.

Longoria will read to a group of children, discuss the importance of reading and encourage them to read over the summer. This is the third year Longoria has been spokesman for the Reading with the Rays program.

Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, Longoria and the Rays will host the incentive-based reading program encouraging students to avoid summer learning loss by reading 24 hours during the summer.

Participating libraries track reader progress and award prizes for reaching goals, including a free ticket to a Rays game.