This shouldn't come out of left field, but spring training is nearly over, and it's time for some major league summer reading!

This shouldn't come out of left field, but spring training is nearly over, and it's time for some major league summer reading!

For those keeping score at home, Worthington Libraries' summer partnership with the Columbus Clippers is a three-peat, but that doesn't mean the prize lineup is the same. In fact, it's been expanded. Babies, children and teens can read their way to free food from Dairy Queen, First Watch and California Pizza Kitchen as well as summer fun from Worthington Pools, Chiller Ice Rinks, Magic Mountain Fun Centers and much more.

Don't get caught looking! Register online at worthingtonlibraries.org/srl or, starting this Saturday, at any Worthington Libraries location. The league continues through Aug. 3.

Players who read a complete game are eligible to receive tickets for themselves and an adult parent/guardian to a Columbus Clippers home baseball game (limit two adult tickets per family). They'll also be entered into grand prize drawings for either a brand-new bicycle or iPod Touch.

Come out for library programs and count them toward a complete game. This year, the all-star entertainment roster includes bubbles, bugs and book discussions, not to mention cooking, Quidditch, creative writing programs and carnivorous plants. You'll find more information at worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar.

Fun activities are planned during Worthington Libraries Nights at the ballpark, which are scheduled Aug. 2, 9 and 23. Summer Reading League participants will have the unique opportunity to parade the track prior to the start of each game, and could even be chosen to throw out the opening pitch.

The library's website is your ticket to Summer Reading League specifics. Go to worthingtonlibraries.org/visit/services/reading-league/faq.

Worthington Libraries' 2013 Summer Reading League is presented by the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries and the Columbus Clippers. Additional support is provided by California Pizza Kitchen, Chiller Ice Rinks, City Barbeque, Columbus Museum of Art, Dairy Queen, Donatos Pizza, First Watch, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Igloo Letterpress, Magic Mountain Fun Centers, McConnell Arts Center, Skate Zone 71, Toyville, Worthington Parks & Recreation and Worthington Pools.

Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.