Listen to Basketball-Inspired Stories with Call-a-Pacer

Children and families are invited to Call-a-Pacer for fun, basketball-inspired children stories read by featured Indiana Pacers players and personalities from April through June on The Indianapolis Public Library’s 24-hour Call-a-Story telephone line.


By dialing 317-275-4444 or toll-free at 877-275-9007, or by visiting, listeners can hear recorded stories from Pacers as a way to encourage young ones to develop the reading habit. In addition, individuals can get new Call-a-Pacer wallpaper for their phones every Wednesday on the @PacersSportsEnt Instagram account.

The schedule for the 27th year of Call-a-Pacer stories features:

Week of April 6 – Justin Holiday reads “The Basketball Ball” by Esme Raji Codell

April 13 – T.J. McConnell reads “Dino-Basketball” by Lisa Wheeler

April 20 – Alize Johnson reads “The Real Slam Dunk” by Charisse K. Richardson

April 27 – Goga Bitadze reads “Basketball Break” by CC Joven

May 4 – T.J. Leaf reads “Brendan & Belinda & The Slam Dunk” by Anne Rockwell

May 11 – Naz Mitrou-Long reads “Short Takes: Fast-Break Basketball Poetry” by Charles R. Smith, Jr.

May 18 – Edmond Sumner reads “Jimmy’s Boa & the Bungee Jump Slam Dunk” by Trinka Hakes Noble

May 26 – Doug McDermott reads “Crazy About Basketball” by Loris Lesynski

June 1 – Malcolm Brogdan reads “The Basketball Blowout” by David A. Kelly

June 8 – Myles Turner reads “Salt in His Shoes” by Deloris Jordan

June 15 – Domas Sabonis reads “I Got Next” by Daria Peoples-Riley

June 22 – Victor Oladipo reads “Tall Tales: Six Amazing Basketball Dreams” by Charles R. Smith, Jr.

While the Library’s physical locations remain closed during efforts to contain the coronavirus, its many e-books and other free resources can be accessed at When the Library reopens, fans will be able to pick up colorful Pacers photo cards and posters and check out books read by the Pacers on the story line.

In 2019, Call-a-Pacer generated 43,758 calls during its 12-week run.

For more information about Call-a-Pacer or other community programs as part of the Pacers Cares initiative, visit

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