Indy Library Summer Reading Program Continues in July!

July 05, 2012

srp2012_waynereaders.jpgThere's still time for children and families to experience the joy of reading during the summer by registering for The Indianapolis Public Library's 93rd annual Summer Reading Program, "Gear Up for Good," which continues through July 28 at all Indianapolis Public Library locations as well as the Beech Grove Public Library.

Through June 30, participation in this year's program is up nearly 7% over 2011, with 46,835 participants signed up to earn points for their reading activity that can be exchanged for free prizes, such as children's books, school supplies, fun toys, and passes to sports and community events. Adults also can earn points for reading aloud to children.

This year's program gives children an opportunity to learn about community philanthropy while benefiting Indy Backpack Attack. The Library is teaming up with Presenting Sponsor Indiana Members Credit Union (IMCU) to make sure students are ready for school with the right gear to fill their backpacks. Reading program participants can exchange their points for their own backpack gear, such as pencils, rulers, crayons, sharpeners and calculators, or they can help other needy students gear up for school by donating these earned prizes.

A new component of this year's program is "Earn and Learn," which allows young people with outstanding fines and fees that prevent them from borrowing library materials to earn points for their reading activity to pay down their debts. So far, 1,253 young people are participating in "Earn and Learn" as a way to become re-engaged in reading and to become lifelong readers.

The Summer Reading Program will conclude with a celebration of reading achievement during Library Night at Victory Field, sponsored by the Indiana Blood Center, on Monday, July 30 at 7 p.m. Summer readers can earn buy one, get one free tickets to attend this Summer Reading Finale.

The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation is the proud sponsor of the Summer Reading Program. Supporting sponsors include The Kroger Co.; United Water; Indiana Pacers; Toysmith; Chase; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Citizens Energy Group; Carrier Corporation; OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc.; Old National Bank; 92.3 WTTS; Verizon Foundation; The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund; Comcast; and the United Way of Central Indiana and the Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation.

For more information on the 2012 Summer Reading Program, call 275-4099 or visit www.imcpl.org.