Indianapolis, IN — (November 1, 2021) Indy Reads announced today that they will reopen at 1066 Virginia Avenue on Friday, November 5, 2021. The building, formerly the Fountain Square Branch of the Indianapolis library, is primed to be an essential part of the thriving Indianapolis literary scene and a new home to literacy, English language, and job readiness programming.
From November 5 on, the organization’s bookstore will be open Thursday-Saturday, 10am-6pm and Sundays from 12pm-4pm. Most of the inventory is used books, but new inventory will be available during the holiday season. The bookstore will also feature a small collection of old and rare books.
Catherine Cardwell, the Bookstore Program Director, explained how the Indy Reads administrative office and bookstore have integrated. “Indy Reads is all connected now,” she said. “When we were at Mass Ave., the organization was all split up with the nonprofit office in a different location. Now, bookstore customers, students, and staff are all being invited into the space to browse and get to know one another.”
Indy Reads’ bookstore will accept donations of gently used books (no media or games) during all open hours for the month of November. Starting December 1, 2021, they will only accept donations on the first Friday of every month or by appointment.
Throughout the last two years, Indy Reads has experienced the very best of the Indianapolis community. Through the resilience and generosity of our staff, students, volunteers, and supporters, Indy Reads has been able to serve nearly 400 adult students over the past two years. With the new physical space in Fountain Square, Indy Reads is proud to serve a larger community than ever before.
About Indy Reads
Indy Reads builds literacy, English language, and job readiness skills to empower adults and families to reach their full potential. For over 30 years, we’ve worked toward a vision of 100% literacy for all. High literacy levels give access to greater developmental, educational, and career opportunities, but current statistics show that 1 in 6 adults in Indiana read at or below a fifth-grade level. Through the Community Classrooms literacy program, Indy Reads helps adult learners increase their literacy and English language proficiency, prepare for their High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma and our workforce development programs help improve employment opportunities for adults of all literacy skill levels.
To learn more about Indy Reads visit indyreads.org.