A Day On

By Julia McPherson on February 28, 2014 in AmeriCorps

MLK Day was an eventful and fun packed day of service for Team Indianapolis.  The group faced slight hiccups in planning for the day but was able to quickly overcome last minute cancelations.   The day began bright and early at Indy Reads Books with a bit of TLC and elbow grease to spruce up the bookstores donated basement collection.  Shortly after, Team Indy was able to explore the city events offered in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.  A day of service sweetly paired with a day of exploration and free events!  Who could ask for anything more?!

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Indy Reads Books is the only locally owned and operated new and used bookstore within the downtown area of Indianapolis.  The bookstore, more uniquely, is an affiliate of the local not-for-profit organization, Indy Reads.  Indy Reads seeks to provide literacy tutoring through family workshops, outreach programs, one-on-one sessions and ESL courses.  With an estimated 100,000 Marion county residents with reading and comprehension skills reporting at the lowest level of literacy, the funds raised through the bookstores donation resale go a long way.  The life-blood of the organization centers upon the skills and service of their volunteers.  We were very excited to support and serve for Indy Reads Books as we see the organization doing the same for many of our clients.

Working alongside a few other volunteeIMG_5218r organizations, Team Indy hit the basement stacks for a bit of refurbishing!   Cleaning and sprucing! Moving and sorting!  Shelving and ordering!  We did it all! And let me tell you, as someone who worked in a library for four years, it is incredibly frustrating to shelve and organize alphabetically.  Call numbers are so much more practical!  Thank you Library of Congress!!

Shortly after, Team Indy hit the town for a bit of exploration, education and fun!  Indianapolis provided a plethora of opportunities for city residents with free admission to multiple museums and exhibits when a canned good was provided.  We had the opportunity to explore the Rhythm Discovery Center, an interactive exhibit showcasing an array of percussive instruments, as well as the Indiana State Museum.  I finally know the difference between a mammoth and a mastodon!  It’s in the teeth!




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