"Jingle Books!" A Gift for Every Child

December 8, 2015

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Indianapolis Mayor Ballard has joined The Indianapolis Public Library and Indy Reads to launch "Jingle Books," a community-wide initiative to provide free books for Indianapolis children during the holiday season.

Project details were announced at Central Library on December 8 during a ceremony attended by children from Fox Hill Elementary School. Individuals are encouraged to select a book from "Jingle Books" displays at all IndyPL locations to take home as a gift. They can also donate new or gently used children's books by dropping them off at any Library. Free gift wrapping stations will be provided on site at most Library locations.

"Every child deserves to receive a book as a gift during the holiday season," Mayor Ballard said. "Reading is meant to be fun. Books allow children to explore new places and ideas that they may not get to experience otherwise."

In addition to all Indianapolis Public Library locations, Jingle Books are available at Indy Reads Books, located at 911 Mass Ave.

"It's a joyous occasion when a child receives a book because it can help develop the reading and language skills that make a world of difference in a child's academic success," said Library CEO Jackie Nytes.

"Indy Reads is honored to participate in this program," said Travis DiNicola, Executive Director of Indy Reads. "Promoting literacy in the family is key to building a literate community. To eliminate adult illiteracy, we must also focus on reading to and with our children."

"Jingle Books" continues at all IndyPL locations and Indy Reads through December 23, 2015.