INDIANAPOLIS — Children will be able to call and listen to Indiana Pacers' players and personalities read basketball-inspired books starting Monday.
The Indianapolis Public Library and Indiana Pacers are teaming up for the 27th year of Call-a-Pacer, according to a press release from the Pacers. The program will run through June.
Each week, children can call 317-275-4444 or 877-275-9007, or visit the Pacers' website to hear stories 24-hours a day.
The following is schedule from Indianapolis Public Library of when players and personalities will be reading books:
- April 6 – Justin Holiday reads “The Basketball Ball” by Esme Raji Codell
- April 13 – T.J. McConnell reads “Dino-Basketball” by Lisa Wheeler
- April 20 – Alize Johnson reads “The Real Slam Dunk” by Charisse K. Richardson
- April 27 – Goga Bitadze reads “Basketball Break” by CC Joven
- May 4 – T.J. Leaf reads “Brendan & Belinda & The Slam Dunk” by Anne Rockwell
- May 11 – Naz Mitrou-Long reads “Short Takes: Fast-Break Basketball Poetry” by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
- May 18 – Edmond Sumner reads “Jimmy’s Boa & the Bungee Jump Slam Dunk” by Trinka Hakes Noble
- May 26 – Doug McDermott reads “Crazy About Basketball” by Loris Lesynski
- June 1 – Malcolm Brogdan reads “The Basketball Blowout” by David A. Kelly
- June 8 – Myles Turner reads “Salt in His Shoes” by Deloris Jordan
- June 15 – Domas Sabonis reads “I Got Next” by Daria Peoples-Riley
- June 22 - Victor Oladipo reads “Tall Tales: Six Amazing Basketball Dreams” by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
More than 43,000 calls were placed during the Call-a-Pacer program in 2019, according to the library.
You can view more information about the program here.