Indy Reads Books, a local non-profit independent book store, is an excellent resource for adults needing tutoring or improving their literacy. Indy Reads is run by volunteers who offer ‘one-on-one tutoring, small group sessions, English as a Second Language instruction, and ‘Literacy Labs’ at neighborhood centers.’ The store itself provides affordable books and a relaxing, intellectual atmosphere for visitors.
Since July 13, 2012, Indy Reads Books has been operating at its location on Massachusetts Ave. by the Cultural Trail with one mission in mind—making Indianapolis 100 percent literate.
On a national scale, a recent U.S. Department of Education and National Institute of Literacy study showed that approximately 32 million adult Americans are illiterate and 21 percent of adults read below a 5th grade level. As many as 19 percent of high school graduates are also incapable of reading. The United States does not even place in the top ten most literate nations in the world (find out who is here).
Indy Reads hopes to reduce those numbers by reaching out to adults in the Indianapolis community. Not only is it a welcoming environment for people from all walks of life, but the workers and tutors are volunteers whose desire to help is as genuine as it is passionate. The staff is friendly and always willing to support the needs of the community.
Indy Reads Books also hosts various events and readings that draw sizeable crowds. In the past, they have hosted poetry and spoken word readings, life coaching seminars, and even Indianapolis young adult author of The Fault in Our Stars, John Green. Visit Indy Reads’ website for more information about upcoming events (like their annual spelling bee) and much more.