Jingle Books! A Gift for Every Child

December 8, 2016

The Indianapolis Public Library, Mayor Joe Hogsett and Indy Reads are encouraging individuals to spread the joy of reading by participating in the third year of Jingle Books, a community-wide project to provide free books for Indianapolis children during the holiday season.

Continuing through December 23, Jingle Books allows individuals to "give a book and take a book" at Jingle Books displays at all IndyPL locations. They can take a book home as a gift for young children and/or donate new or gently used children's books. Free gift wrapping stations will be provided on site at most Library locations.

A Jingle Books bin is also available at Indy Reads, 911 Massachusetts Avenue.

The goal is to get more books into the hands of young ones who can then read, share and value them as a great gift to receive.

"Jingle Books can ensure that every child receives a book as a gift during the holiday season," stated IndyPL CEO Jackie Nytes. "This is a fun way to help young ones develop their reading and language skills that can pave the way for their future academic success." "Indy Reads is thrilled to be a Jingle Books partner," said Ryan King, CEO of Indy Reads. "Our mission is to promote and improve literacy for adults and families in our city. Projects like Jingle Books are exactly what we need to do to build a more literate community." In 2015, Jingle Books provided nearly 1,000 books for children throughout Marion County and received more than 1,300 donated books.