Gear Up for Good: Summer Reading in Indianapolis

At my house, summertime equals summer reading. We head to the library for interesting programs, to cool off on days that are too hot for the pool, and for things to read on a weekly basis.

Ever since MaM was a toddler, our family has participated in the IMCPL’s summer reading program. Each year, there’s an interesting theme, unique programming, and fun incentives.

Signing up is easy enough- simply go to your local branch library and fill out the registration cards. Parents are also allowed to sign up, and they receive points for reading with their children.

Once the reading-for-points starts, keep track of your family’s cards (I always designate a library tote, and make sure it has a zipper pocket for the cards) and start reading! All books have a point value based on difficulty. Once you’ve read a book, bring it to the librarian on duty in the children’s department, return the book and get your card marked.

This is the second year that the Library’s program has had a charitable spin to it- last summer they collected food for Gleaner’s and points could be converted into canned food donations. This year, the Library’s program is benefiting Indy Backpack Attack, which collects school supplies for students in need.

Readers can earn some pretty amazing prizes with the points they earn. Every year, I make everyone in the family earn one important prize first- tickets to the Haunted House sponsored by the Children’s Museum Guild. We earn those passes mid-June and they stay clipped to the¬†refrigerator¬†until we go in October. It’s a family tradition.

This year, the incentives include a variety of BOGO ticket offers, including tickets to the Indiana Fever, the Indianapolis Indians and Indy’s Parks Pools. Of course, the kids are usually more interested in the rubbery toys and novelty items, but that’s why I’m glad I can still earn points for attractions.

This year, MaM is going to be reading more books on her own, and my guess is that the Fox will be more involved in what books he wants to listen to. He may even start picking out a word or two while we read.

A new addition this year is Library Night at Victory Field- the grand finale of the sumer reading program will be when the Indians play on Monday, July 30th. How fun is that?

For more information, explore this section of the library’s website. Many branches are having special kick-off/sign up events. The best way to find these are to search the library’s events page.

Does your family participate in this summer reading program or one at your local library? What are your favorite parts of it?