Call-a-Pacer Program Setting New Record
May 26, 2011
Capitalizing on the success of the Indiana Pacers this season, the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library is currently enjoying unparalleled success in its partnership with the team in the popular Call-a-Pacer telephone project.
With five weeks of totals left to go in the program in which Pacers players read children’s stories to callers, the library and Pacers have a new record for participation. To date, more than 160,000 youngsters have called in to hear stories read by Pacers players: Dahntay Jones, Darren Collison, Josh McRoberts, A.J. Price, Tyler Hansbrough, Roy Hibbert and James Posey.
This total, in only seven weeks, already exceeds the previous season-long record of 147,744 set in 15 weeks during the 2002-03 season. The project, started in April of 1993, has reached well over a million children in the last decade.
"I attribute the increased interest to the new level of on-court success the Pacers enjoyed this season," said Christine Cairo, director of project development services for the library. "I also think increased use of social media has enabled players to connect and promote the story line with more young fans this year."
This week, Danny Granger is reading "No Peas for Nellie" by Chris Demarest.
Players and books scheduled for the balance of the project calendar include:
- Week of May 30 Brandon Rush reading "Snow Bears" by Martin Waddell
- Week of June 6 Jeff Foster reading "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" by Mo Willems
- Week of June 13 Paul George reading "Trucks Whizz! Zoom! Rumble!" by Patricia Hubbell
- June 20 Mike Dunleavy reading "T is for Terrible" by Peter McCarty.
The 24-hour Call a-Story phone line is open 24 hours a day at 275-4444. The program is supported by a grant from AT&T.