June 5, 2023

Indianapolis Public Library kicks off summer reading program


Readers will track hours with the Beanstack app or with a paper tracker that can be printed online or picked up at a library branch.  The library also has a summer reading program adults can join to earn tickets for prize drawings. - Doug Jaggers/WFYI News

Readers will track hours with the Beanstack app or with a paper tracker that can be printed online or picked up at a library branch. The library also has a summer reading program adults can join to earn tickets for prize drawings.

Doug Jaggers/WFYI News

The Indianapolis Public LIbrary kicked off its summer reading program for kids, teens and adults on June 5. This year’s program has a space camp theme.

Youth can earn prizes for reading and participating in bonus activities. Participants can read or listen to any book, magazine, graphic novel, magazine, e-book or newspaper. Reading material can be from the library or from home. 

The summer reading program exists to keep kids reading over the summer and continue to build “literacy muscles,” said Indianapolis Public Library youth services manager Shael Weidenbach, in a news release. 

“Reading is like riding a bike — if you practice every day, you can go farther and faster,” Weidenbach said. “Reading 20 minutes a day makes a huge difference, and 20 minutes a day in June and July equals 20 hours of reading and marks the completion of our program.” 

Readers will track hours with the Beanstack app or with a paper tracker that can be printed online or picked up at a library branch. The library also has a summer reading program that adults can join to earn tickets for prize drawings.

The program runs through July 29. Participants can register online, through the Beanstack app or in person. Prizes can be picked up at any library branch. The last day to redeem a prize is August 5. 

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