Thursday, December 31, 2015
Samantha Hart
Press Secretary
(317) 232-0550
hart@doe.in.gov

Today, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced that the Indiana Department of Education will provide free access to thousands of online books to Hoosier students in 2016.  As part of the Department’s on-going literacy initiative, the Hoosier Family of Readers, books will be accessible through the myON Digital Library and will be available in both English and Spanish.

“I am excited to announce that Hoosier students will have access to thousands of free online books in 2016,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction.  “A reader is not someone who can read, rather a reader is someone who does read.  Providing students with access to thousands of online books supports the mission of the Indiana Department of Education: to provide every student with the resources they need to have an education of the highest quality.”

Beginning on January 1, 2016, and going through December 31, 2016, students, families, and educators will have access to more than 5,000 free, online books through the myON Digital Library.  Additionally, the Department is encouraging students across the state to participate in its 200,000 book challenge.  Every book read using myON will contribute to our goal of reading 200,000 books to celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial in December 2016.

The Hoosier Family of Readers initiative was created by Superintendent Ritz in 2013 to promote literacy throughout Indiana.  To support this initiative, the Department previously offered students free access to the myON Digital Library each summer from 2013 to present.  During the summer of 2015, Hoosier students read more than 45,000 books using myON.

Additional information about the Hoosier Family of Readers initiative and details on how students can begin reading on January 1 can be found at www.hoosierfamilyofreaders.com.

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