Summer Reading Achievement Celebrated at Indy Library

August 11, 2011

Over 53 thousand children and parents throughout Marion County embarked on an epic journey of science discovery and reading achievement during The Indianapolis Public Library's 2011 Summer Reading Program, "A Science Odyssey", which concluded August 1.

This year's program, presented by the Comcast Foundation, encouraged participants to enhance their reading skills and bolstered their interest in science subjects as part of a new two-year Library initiative to bring science to life. In addition to earning points for their reading activity to exchange for great prizes, participants took part in a variety of fun and educational workshops about the physical and chemical world that captured their imaginations. Topics included the science of magic, effects of magnetism, and experimentation with gases. Live animal exhibits and mobile science labs where young people could build digital skills also were presented.

Local organizations that contributed Summer Reading Program prizes included the Indianapolis Indians, Indiana Fever, Royal Pin Leisure Centers, Chili's Grill and Bar, The Children's Museum Guild Haunted House, White Castle, the Indiana State Museum Center for Science and Culture, and IMAX/Indiana State Museum.

"The Library was truly the place to be during this summer," said Chris Cairo, Director of Programming and Project Development. "All of our library locations were buzzing with activity, and we were thrilled to see so many young people opt in favor of reading and learning," she added.

Library officials were impressed with the Summer Reading Program's high level of attendance which, although down 3% compared to 2010, continued to indicate strong support for Library programming in light of a 26% systemwide reduction of hours due to budget cutbacks in the fall of 2010.

The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation was the proud sponsor of this 92nd annual Summer Reading Program, traditionally one of the largest of its kind in the nation. This year's supporting sponsors were The Kroger Co.; Toysmith; 92.3 WTTS; Verizon Foundation; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation; Indiana Blood Center; Chase; Citizens Energy Group; United Water; Old National Bank; Carrier Corporation; Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund; The R.B. Annis Educational Foundation; and The Library Fund, a fund of The Indianapolis Foundation.

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