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On June 15, the San Diego Public Library launched its annual Summer Reading Program, aimed at kids under the age of 18. As a deal sweetener, the library is offering free Padres tickets to children and parents upon enrolling in the program.

But there’s a problem: too many free baseball tickets, too few readers. On the afternoon of Thursday, June 28, Ocean Beach branch library had dozens of tickets to give away to an upcoming series with the Cincinnati Reds, July 5–8. Some phone calls to other local branches confirmed that tickets were available at other locations.

Once enrolled, children or their parents are expected to visit the library’s reading program website and log their books read or hours spent reading. Upon reaching ten hours or ten books, participants can claim prizes such as zoo and museum passes or free restaurant meals.

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lozanolaw June 30, 2012 @ 11:52 a.m.

Is this a case of them getting too many tickets or just not enough kids reading or both? These programs definitely motivated a kid like me in the South Bay to continue reading.

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nan shartel July 2, 2012 @ 5:04 a.m.

i love summer reading programs!!!

it's nice to think children still read hardback...or read at all

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calinsandiego July 2, 2012 @ 9:08 a.m.

Wow. That's great kids can get padres tix if they read over the summer. That will definately help me to get my boys reading.

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dwsandiego July 2, 2012 @ 9:33 a.m.

My library has been so crowded with kids who are participating in the summer reading program! The free programs and tickets are especially popular.

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