Imani Book Club

Grade Levels:

Read More, Read Longer!


of the participants report reading a minimum of 15 minutes at the end of the program upon completing Imani Book Club.

Reading opens doors!

This summer reading program improves literacy and nurtures an appreciation for the written word. Participants in grades 4th-12th break out into age appropriate classes, engage in written and oral activities, create presentations, journal, participate in debates and holistically build successful reading strategies from start to finish. Books, hand-selected annually by the CLD’s program coordinator, are relevant and engaging.

Indianapolis Youth Development students are encouraged to internalize and adopt the following literacy pledge:

“I understand that the key to freedom is literacy. To be literate, I must read and always learn. Today, I have the freedom to read and learn as much as I want without consequences. In the pursuit of educational excellence, literacy is the key.

So I make this pledge to improve and enhance my literacy skills by reading and learning. By my commitment to literacy, I am also pledging to focus on my education and to secure my rightful place of achievement in life.”

Summer 2024
Program Information

2024 Book Selection

(4-6th grade) Cookies & Milk
by Shawn Amos

(7-8th grade) Between the Lines 
by Nikki Grimes

(9-12th grade) Love Radio 

by Ebony Ladelle

Weekly Sessions Held:
June 4 – July 18, 2024

Excluding July 4th week*
Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Program Fee: $25*
*Program fees are non-refundable

Program Location:
Virtual: Zoom

Mandatory Orientation:
Tuesday, May 28, 2024
6:00 – 7:30 PM

Registration Closes:
Monday, May 27, 2024 at noon

Through strategies that focus on using critical thinking, children walk away with these for core competencies in literacy:

Functional Literacy: learning to read, write, speak and listen
Critical Factors: oral language development, phonological awareness, phonemics, spelling/writing, fluency, creating meaning, narrative and descriptive writing

Content Area Literacy: reading, writing, speaking and listening in order to understand the content
Critical factors: vocabulary acquisition, questioning, text orientation, expository writing, presentation and product creation

Technological Literacy: reading, writing, speaking and listening in multimedia venues to create products and demonstrate learning
Critical factors: questioning authenticity, searching for info, media orientation, production, demystifying direction

Innovative Literacy: reading, writing, speaking and listening to something to solve something complex, invent something unique or produce something innovative

Critical Factors: innovation and creation, lifelong learning orientation, practical and adaptive thinking, influential communication

Registration Closed