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IMCPL Summer Reading Program Learns a Second Language

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard (center) reads "Goodnight Moon" to kids at the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library with visiting researcher Hao Li (left). ( photo: Eric Berman)

The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library's annual summer reading program is underway -- with a multilingual twist this year.

This year's theme is "Read in Any Language." Mayor Greg Ballard kicked things off by reading to about 40 kids at the main library -- with visiting researcher Hao Li translating into Chinese.

The library has several children's books in Chinese and Spanish, and some in other languages, including Burmese and Chin. Library CEO Jackie Nytes says in some of those cases, it's the kids reading to parents to help them learn to read.

The reading program runs through July 26. Kids get points for anything they read, from five points for a picture book to 100 for a bag full of books. Those points can be cashed in for rewards ranging from a temporary tattoo to a ticket to the State Fair.

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