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Indy Reads Announces Corporate Sponsors for 2022

Indianapolis, IN — (May 2, 2022) Indy Reads, an English literacy, high school equivalency, and job readiness nonprofit empowering adults and their families through literacy in Indiana, is thrilled to announce their Spring 2022 corporate partners.  “We are so grateful to all of our community partners for this outpouring of support as we continue to […]

Egg Hunt: Save the Date for April 16th!

The Easter Bunny is making a special stop at Indy Reads! We will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt inside Indy Reads. On Saturday April 16th, from 11am-7pm, there will be paper eggs hidden around our store (not in any books)! Prizes will be awarded for each egg found; only one egg per customer. Prizes […]

Indy Reads Receives $4,000 Grant from the Nora Roberts Foundation

Indianapolis, IN — (March 23, 2022) The Nora Roberts Foundation, created in 2001 by Nora Roberts as an avenue of support for organizations promoting and encouraging literacy, children, the arts, and humanitarian efforts, has awarded Indy Reads a $4,000 grant. The grant supports Indy Read’s High School Equivalency curriculum transition from the TASC certification exam […]

An Open Letter to Our Indy Reads Community

Empowering adults and families through English literacy is at the very core of what makes us Indy Reads. As a member of our community, you’ve been a huge part of that mission. Whether you’ve volunteered with us, followed our student stories on social media, donated, spent time in the Indy Reads bookstore, or attended our […]

A Message from Indy Reads CEO, Ryan King

Dear Friends of Indy Reads, With your support and the dedication of a brilliant team of staff, AmeriCorps Members, and volunteers, Indy Reads has been able to significantly expand our services and build the strongest financial foundation we’ve had in our 37-year history. After five years as a steward of the Indy Reads vision, 100% […]

Let’s Talk About the COVID Vaccine

For several months now, Indy Reads has been a part of the COVID Vaccine Acceptance Coalition. This movement is aimed at having the discussion about what vaccinations are available, what the concerns of our community are, and exchanging vital information surrounding the resources available to all of our community members.   Right now, more than […]

Staff Spotlight: Bryant Coffing

Meet the Newest Member of the Indy Reads Team Bryant Coffing, Instructional/Intake Coordinator Why did you apply to be part of Indy Reads? My name is Bryant Coffing and I am the Instructional/Intake Coordinator at Indy Reads. I am also the newest addition to the Indy Reads team. I wanted to work for Indy Reads […]

In My Own Words | Yoko

In My Own Words is an Indy Reads series where students tell their stories using their own authentic voice and words. Yoko and her husband moved to Indiana from Japan in the middle of 2020, and shortly thereafter Yoko joined our virtual classrooms to improve and gain confidence in her English speaking skills, to learn […]

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight featuring Andrew Tanner

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight Andrew Tanner, Indy Reads WorkLiteracy Coach Why did you apply to be an Indy Reads AmeriCorps WorkLiteracy Coach? I applied because I am often teased as an eternal student and learner. As a nontraditional student and aspiring writer, public speaker, and educator – I saw this as an amazing opportunity to test […]

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight featuring Annalia Hopper

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight Annalia Hopper, Indy Reads WorkLiteracy Coach Why did you apply to be an Indy Reads AmeriCorps WorkLiteracy Coach? I applied to be an AmeriCorps member with Indy Reads because when I was young, I struggled with severe dyslexia myself. It was a long, hard journey to get where I am today, but […]

INDY READS 2019

Happy New Year! Fountain Square Update

Happy New Year! Today marks the first day of 2021 and the continuation of many exciting adventures. We want to say a special thank you for faithfully supporting us through online sales these past few months and into the new year. Spending your dollars through our online store is making a big difference and is […]

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight featuring Sam Henthorn

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight Sam Henthorn, Indy Reads WorkLiteracy Coach Favorite band/musician? My favorite musician is probably my dad, Doug Henthorn. But, if that seems too much like nepotism, I’d probably say Led Zeppelin. Favorite memory so far as an Indy Reads AmeriCorps Member? One day during a group tutoring session, I decided to organize a […]

In My Own Words | Kenzi & Aaron

In My Own Words is an Indy Reads series where students tell their stories using their own authentic voice and words. Kenzi and Aaron are our power couple who became the first ever graduates of our HSE program! We are so proud and honored to share their story with you. Hear more about them in […]

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight featuring Camille Arnett

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight Camille Arnett, Indy Reads WorkLiteracy Coach If you were sorted into any of the Harry Potter houses, which one would it be? I’ve been given both Ravenclaw and Slytherin which makes me skeptical of the whole system. Why did you apply to be an Indy Reads AmeriCorps WorkLiteracy Coach? I applied to […]

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight featuring Joseph Raymond

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight Joseph Raymond, Indy Reads WorkLiteracy Coach What is a quote you love or a mantra you live by? People are their actions, not their words, or “you will know them by their fruits”. Why did you apply to be an Indy Reads AmeriCorps WorkLiteracy Coach? I’ve found it difficult to do much […]

Bookstore Update

We know that many of you have been anxiously waiting to hear details about when our new bookstore location will be open for business. As remodeling continues on the new space and the impact of COVID-19 continues to grow in our community, we have made the hard decision to not open for in-person shopping during […]

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight featuring Anna Kane

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight Anna Kane, Indy Reads WorkLiteracy Coach Favorite memory so far as an Indy Reads AmeriCorps Member? The time a student who spoke very little English used Google Translate to enthusiastically say, “I love you teachers! Thank you for class!” It warmed my heart for weeks, and made the work we do here […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Smiles, laughing with friends, home cooked food, and family – these are just a few of our favorite things!  2020 has been a year for the history books, and it’s shown us at Indy Reads the importance of appreciating important people and things in our lives. Without a doubt, we’re 100% thankful for you! We […]

Indy Reads Gives Thanks, part 2

This November, we are highlighting a series of creative works from our students centered around gratitude.  We asked them to not only share their talents with us, but also their hearts.  Please enjoy Indy Reads Gives Thanks.  *** T- H – A – N – K – S – G – I – V – […]

Indy Reads Gives Thanks, part 1

This November, we are highlighting a series of creative works from our students centered around gratitude.  We asked them to not only share their talents with us, but also their hearts.  Please enjoy Indy Reads Gives Thanks.  *** Full of Gratitude — A Poem  By Indy Reads student, Mercedes   TO MY TEACHERS WITH GRATITUDE  […]

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight featuring Kelsey Johnson

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight Kelsey Johnson, Indy Reads WorkLiteracy Coach Why did you apply to be an Indy Reads AmeriCorps WorkLiteracy Coach? I love teaching and I love my community. There’s a phrase, ‘social justice is love in action’ and I believe that wholeheartedly. This is one of the ways I’m trying to show love—being there […]

Is It A Bird or A Dinosaur?

Do you know which group of animals are the only living, direct descendants of dinosaurs?  Crocodiles? Nope! Komodo dragons? Nope! Other large lizards or snakes? Guess again! Birds are the answer! The fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex shares a huge amount of DNA with modern-day chickens, believe it or not! Birds in general are currently believed to […]

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight featuring Macy Barwick

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight Macy Barwick, Indy Reads WorkLiteracy Coach Favorite memory so far as an Indy Reads AmeriCorps Member? Playing games with the students in the ELL class. They are super competitive and have totally mastered the art of trash talk. I love it. Last book you read? Severance by Ling Ma Favorite band/musician? Phoebe […]

INDY READS 2019

In My Own Words | Lovely Taverne

In My Own Words is an Indy Reads series where students tell their stories using their own authentic voice and words.  Lovely is from Haiti. She was working as a nurse in her home country and now has enrolled with Indy Reads to develop her English skills to continue her nursing career in the U.S. […]

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In My Own Words | Sterling Riggs

In My Own Words is an Indy Reads series where students tell their stories using their own authentic voice and words. Sterling is a future motivational speaker with a soulful gravel not unlike the singer Lyfe Jennings, an inspired story, and a warm laugh you can’t ignore. He has all the hallmarks of a great […]

Indy Reads Starting New High School Equivalency Program

Indianapolis, IN — (June 16, 2020) In July, Indy Reads will be adding free High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma classes to an existing suite of adult literacy, English language, and workforce training programs.  The organization’s commitment to serve adult learners now includes those who do not have a high school diploma.  In Marion County, that’s […]

INDY READS 2019

Curbside Pickup is Back!

Indy, we’ve missed you! It’s been several weeks since we last left books at our doorstep for you and we’re excited to get started again. Starting Wednesday, May 6, 2020, Indy Reads Books will be providing curbside pickup of limited selections from our location at 911 Massachusetts Avenue. Pickup will be available daily 10A – […]

COVID19 Response from Indy Reads Books – Temporary Change

Dear Friends, All of us are in uncharted waters right now and we’re experiencing things we’ve only read about in books. Information about COVID-19 is changing by the hour and based on the announcements from Governor Holcomb and Mayor Hogsett regarding social distancing and other suggested measures, we have made the decision to close our […]

Indy Reads approved to take over Fountain Square Branch

Indianapolis, IN—(February 25, 2020) Indy Reads and Indy Reads Books are moving to Fountain Square. On February 24, the Indianapolis Public Library Board of Directors voted to approve the organization taking over the Fountain Square Library Branch, which will be vacated in May. The Library will relocate services to the West Perry branch in 2021. […]

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Meet Dawt: IndyGo’s Student of the Month!

Many of our students realize that reading, speaking and understanding English is important to many facets of their lives. For them, coming to Indy Reads to build their language skills is about changing their lives in ways that help their children grow and their families thrive. This month’s IndyGo Student of the Month, Dawt Sung, […]

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Meet our IndyGo Student of the Month – Cleon!

Students in our Community Classrooms come from a variety of backgrounds and bring their own experiences and perspectives with them. These perspectives contribute to the diverse community environment that make our classrooms unique. This month’s IndyGo Student of the Month, Cleon Bell, brings happiness and optimism to class every week. Cleon grew up in Jamaica, […]

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Meet Candace: Building a Brighter Future with Literacy!

Cyclical poverty is a burden far too many of our students have had to endure. All too often, circumstances far, far beyond our students’ control leave them without the education they need to pursue the opportunities — college, a reliable job, access to healthcare — many of us enjoy. This month’s IndyGo Student of the […]

Indy Reads Awarded Grant from The Indianapolis Foundation

Indy Reads has been awarded a $40,000 grant from The Indianapolis Foundation, a Central Indiana Community Foundation affiliate. The award will be used to support the Community Classrooms program.  Adult learners in the program are offered free literacy, ELL, and certifications classes. Each school year, adults have the opportunity to improve their reading, comprehension, and […]

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Cooking with Confidence

One of my ongoing goals is to increase my cooking skills and eventually become a great cook. Learning how to cook is a great way to improve and maintain your health, save money, and try new dishes to challenge your taste buds and expand your palate. In college, I figured that I had to learn […]

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A Taste of El Salvador

Do you know where the highest concentration of Salvadoran immigrants live in Indianapolis? If you guessed the Crooked Creek neighborhood near Michigan Road, you’re correct! I learned the answer last week at a free Lunch and Learn presentation on the country of El Salvador at the Michigan Road Library branch. The event series is a […]