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Indiana Pacers to read books to children during Call-a-Pacer program

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Posted at 9:13 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 21:14:28-04

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.