Ballard helps kick off Summer Reading Program

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — This summer, kids are encouraged to keep reading and take part in the Indianapolis Public Library Summer Reading Program.

Wednesday morning, Mayor Greg Ballard helped kick off the program and read to local students. The children heard a story read in Mandarin.

The theme of this year’s program is Read in Any Language and encourages kids to think global while they are reading.

This summer readers will be challenged to race around the world with their reading options and can map their progress along the way.

“I always liked to read as a kid, but I think it’s the summer program that kids can really advance on their own,” Mayor Ballard said. “The Summer Reading Program is designed to make it easy for the kids and give them the opportunity to see what is available to them and have a lot of fun doing it.”

Children who take part in the program can receive prizes and be entered into a drawing for two scholarships worth more than $500, which is good towards a college savings account.

The program runs through July 26. Last year more than 58,000 children took part. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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