It’s not too late for kids and families to register for The Indianapolis Public Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Program, which continues through Saturday, July 30 at all IndyPL locations.
In addition to receiving prizes for their reading activity, participants can enjoy workshops, classes, crafts, and storytelling programs throughout the summer. Prizes for the children's summer reading program, Camp Read S’more, include passes to the Children's Museum haunted house, tickets to Indianapolis Indians games, Eiteljorg Museum passes, and free pizza from Lou Malnati's Pizzeria. In our adult summer reading program, Read Outside, adults can earn prizes such as a reusable straw and an IndyPL tumbler by completing fun reading and activity challenges.
As of July 1, 23,297 kids have signed up for the program as individuals or via groups. In addition, 3,378 adults are taking part. The Indianapolis community as a whole has read a total of 8,917,277 minutes, keeping us on track to meet our community reading goal of 16 million minutes read by the end of this summer.
“We are excited to see books being read and to see kids and families back in Library branches enjoying activities with their families and local communities,” said Joe Backe, director of communications at IndyPL. “We have had so many excited kids and families come to our events such as spooky campfire storytimes, teen cooking classes, and live animal shows. People seem excited to have something free and fun to do while enjoying the summer with their family.”
If the IndyPL community reaches 16 million minutes read this summer, all readers who logged reading time will be entered into grand prize drawings at the end of the program. Prizes include one of two $529 CollegeChoice CD savings accounts, autographed footballs from Colts players, and more! If we surpass our reading goal, the IndyPL Foundation will also donate 5,000 books to Books for Youth with the Indianapolis Colts. Through this program, the Colts and the Department of Child Services provide every Indiana foster child with 25 books to start their own library. There are book donation bins at each Library location this summer to donate new or gently used books to Books for Youth.
The Summer Reading Program is presented by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.
Major Sponsors include Indianapolis Indians, Lilly Endowment Inc., Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Mary Frances Rubly & Jerry Hummer, and G. Marlyne Sexton.
Supporting Sponsors include 92.3 WTTS, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Citizens Energy Group, CollegeChoice CD 529 Savings Plan, Corteva Agriscience, Anonymous, Indianapolis Colts, Dr. Sherri Lauver and Dr. Kevin Biglan, Office of the Lawrence Township Trustee Steve Talley, OneAmerica®, Pacers Foundation, and The Ft. Ben Branch Design & Construction Companies (RATIO - The Skillman Corporation - Davis & Associates, Inc.)