Children, teens and parents are invited to experience the joy of reading and grow a stronger, healthier Indianapolis by participating in The Indianapolis Public Library's 2017 Summer Reading Program, "Read It & Eat," June 5 - July 29.
This year's reading incentive program offers young readers the opportunity to nourish their minds through the world of books and a variety of fun and educational activities while taking part in a philanthropic cause. Individuals can register at any Library branch, Central Library or Bookmobile. After receiving a points card, participants can earn points for their reading activity to be exchanged for free prizes generously donated by community sponsors. Parents and caregivers can earn points for their younger children by reading aloud to them. Those seeking a greater reading challenge and more points can choose from a list of Bonus Books. Registered summer readers will be eligible for a drawing to win an Indianapolis Colts VIP 4-Pack of tickets with pregame sideline passes to a Colts home game. One winner at each of the Library's 24 locations will receive one pair of Colts tickets at separate branch drawings. Participants can also win one of two college savings accounts worth $529 from CollegeChoice CD. This year's program features a special incentive to allow children and teens the option to give back to the community and help Gleaners Food Bank feed hungry Hoosiers. By donating non-perishable food items at any Library branch, participants can earn 20 summer reading points. Summer reading achievement will be celebrated during Library Night at Victory Field on Monday, July 24 at 7 p.m. when the Indianapolis Indians host the Rochester Red Wings. As one of this year's prizes, readers can earn free tickets for this or other Indianapolis Indians games. The 98th annual Summer Reading Program is presented by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. This year's presenting sponsor is OneAmerica®. Supporting sponsors are 92.3 WTTS; BKD, LLP; Citizens Energy Group; CollegeChoice CD 529 Savings Plan; Hartley and Margaret Dellinger; Indianapolis Colts; The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund; Louise Lage Kirtland and Hugh C. Kirtland Endowment Fund, a fund of The Indianapolis Foundation; The Kroger Co.; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Office of Lawrence Township Trustee Steve Talley; Pacers Foundation; Providence Outdoor; Samerian Foundation; G. Marlyne Sexton; Deborah J. Simon; The Swisher Foundation, Inc., in memory of Glenn M. Swisher; and Toysmith. Nearly one million books were read by 50,457 children and families during the 2016 Summer Reading Program. For more information on the 2017 Summer Reading Program, call 317-275-4099 or visit indypl.org/events/srp2017/.