As Indy Reads officials gear up for a new program year of courses in job readiness, English literacy and high school equivalency, they are also aiming to build a more accessible and equitable home in Fountain Square – the Open Doors Project.
If Indy Reads is able to raise $50,000 by June 20, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority will match those funds to help purchase new inventory for Indy Reads’ bookstore, renovate one of their public bathrooms, update their front door for ADA-compliance, install interior murals by local artists, and add public access to technology.
“This is such an exciting time for Indy Reads,” Ruba Marshood said. “We are very proud to be the first step in Marion County’s adult education continuum, serving students from all walks of life and eager to be more fully engaged in the community. We are thrilled to be so well-positioned to invite all readers, students, and neighbors to join us. Connect, learn, and be a part of our mission in Fountain Square.”
Find out more about the Open Doors Project at indyreads.org/OpenDoorsProject.
PHOTO ABOVE: Indy Reads finally opened its doors in Fountain Square in November. The move, delayed by the pandemic, involved the bookstore on Mass Ave, also consolidating its other adult literacy functions from Indianapolis Public Library spaces.