By Maria Cook
Since August 2018, Zionsville has been home to an organization dedicated to giving all kids the opportunity to read. The Indy Book Project is a nonprofit that collects new and gently used children’s and young adult books, then partners with organizations that distribute them to kids in need.
According to Indy Book Project Board Member Stacy Thompson, the organization was launched in founder Gina Sprenger’s garage. But it quickly grew into a passion project, with a team of volunteers collecting books for organizations throughout the Indianapolis area. In February 2018, Indy Book Project became an official nonprofit.
“We have partnered with a number of different organizations within the community that we’ve reached out to. They’re the ones disturbing the books,” Thompson said. “We gave a bunch of books to the Boys & Girls Club of Whitestown. We have some books at some food pantries, so when families go to pick up food they can select from books for kids.”
Thompson said the Indy Book Project has distributed more than 4,000 books and that a pending donation will increase the figure to at least 5,000. Other organizations that have partnered with Indy Book Project include Zionsville Community Schools, Habitat for Humanity Boone County and Westminster Neighborhood Services.
“There’s 32 different organizations that we’ve partnered within Boone County and also the downtown Indianapolis area,” said Thompson, adding that Indy Book Project also helps kids outside the immediate area.
“If someone comes to us and says they need books and they’re from Greencastle, we are going to find a way to provide them,” Thompson said.
Anyone with new or gently used children’s books that they would like to donate may do so by following the donation directions at indybookproject.org.