Southsiders and all readers can vote for their favorite kid’s book from the past century during this year’s program, “Keepin’ it 100,” through July 27.
This year’s theme continues the long tradition of readers earning points for their reading activity that can be exchanged for prizes generously donated by community partners. To mark the historic 100-year milestone, participants also can earn points by visiting a library to vote for their favorite kids or teen book from a list of 20 nominated by the community. Indy’s favorite book from the last 100 years will be announced in August. Readers also can earn points by visiting the Library to share their favorite memories of past summer reading programs.
When readers register at any IPL location, including the Bookmobile, they will receive a special 100th anniversary commemorative item along with a point card to keep track of their reading progress. Parents and caregivers can receive points for reading aloud to younger children.
This year’s prizes include paperback books, earbud holders, glitter or neon slime, and buy-one get-one free passes to Indy Parks pools, Indianapolis Symphony on the Prairie, and Indianapolis Colts, the Indianapolis Indians and Indiana Fever games.
Summer readers will be entered to win one of two college savings accounts worth $529 from CollegeChoice CD Savings Plan, as well as a Grand Prize VIP Pack of four tickets with sidelines passes to an Indianapolis Colts game.
In addition, a pair of tickets to a Colts game will be awarded to one winner at each of the Library’s 24 locations. Although Indians passes are redeemable for admission to any game (excluding July 4), readers are encouraged to use their passes to attend the Summer Reading Celebration during Library Night at Victory Field on Monday, July 15 at 7 p.m.
The 100th 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. The program has the support of several major sponsors.
For more information on the summer reading program, call 317-275-4100 or visit indypl.org/srp.