Children and families are invited to hear fun, basketball-inspired children stories read by featured Indiana Pacers players and personalities from April through June on The Indianapolis Public Library’s 24-hour Call-a-Story telephone line.
By dialing 317-275-4444 or toll-free at 877-275-9007, or by visiting Pacers.com, listeners can hear recorded stories from Pacers as a way to encourage young ones to develop the reading habit. In addition, individuals can get new Call-a-Pacer wallpaper for their phones every Wednesday on the @PacersSportsEnt Instagram account.
The schedule for this 27th year of Call-a-Pacer stories features:
Week of April 6 – Justin Holiday reads “The Basketball Ball” by Esme Raji Codell
April 13 – T.J. McConnell reads “Dino-Basketball” by Lisa Wheeler
April 20 – Alize Johnson reads “The Real Slam Dunk” by Charisse K. Richardson
April 27 – Goga Bitadze reads “Basketball Break” by CC Joven
May 4 – T.J. Leaf reads “Brendan & Belinda & The Slam Dunk” by Anne Rockwell
May 11 – Naz Mitrou-Long reads “Short Takes: Fast-Break Basketball Poetry” by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
May 18 – Edmond Sumner reads “Jimmy’s Boa & the Bungee Jump Slam Dunk” by Trinka Hakes Noble
May 26 – Doug McDermott reads “Crazy About Basketball” by Loris Lesynski
June 1 – Malcolm Brogdan reads “The Basketball Blowout” by David A. Kelly
June 8 – Myles Turner reads “Salt in His Shoes” by Deloris Jordan
June 15 – Domas Sabonis reads “I Got Next” by Daria Peoples-Riley
June 22 - Victor Oladipo reads “Tall Tales: Six Amazing Basketball Dreams” by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
While the Library’s physical locations remain closed during efforts to contain the coronavirus, its many e-books and other free resources can be accessed here. When the Library reopens, fans will be able to pick up colorful Pacers photo cards and posters and check out books read by the Pacers on the story line.
In 2019, Call-a-Pacer generated 43,758 calls during its 12-week run.
For more information about Call-a-Pacer or other community programs as part of the Pacers Cares initiative, visit the Pacers' website.