Adult Summer Reading

Adult Summer Reading

Join the fun. Win prizes for reading

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This summer, adults can join the Summer Reading fun!

Win prizes for reading. Attend special events. Learn something new at your library.

How to Play

  1. Sign up online or at any neighborhood library. Win a DC Public Library totebag just for signing up.
  2. Complete an activity and log it online.
This year's game consists of 10 activities: 5 Reader Block activities and 5 Explorer Block activities. 

Reader Block

Explorer Block

How to Win

Silver Level: Complete any 2 different activities (Reader or Explorer Block) and log your activity online. Then, visit your neighborhood library to receive a coupon for a free burrito at Chipotle.

Gold Level: Complete 2 different Reader activities plus 2 activities from either block for 4 blocks total. Log your activity online. Then, visit your neighborhood library to choose a free paperback book. You will automatically be entered into three raffles.

All prizes available while supplies last.

Prize Raffles

Neighborhood Library Raffles
** Drawing will take place on Monday September 1.  To qualify you must have completed the adult summer reading program by Sunday, August 31.
· 1 Amazon Kindle
· 1 limited edition hardcover of War of the Worlds with cover art by local artist Tracie Ching

One Grand Prize Raffle
** Drawing will take place on Friday, August 22.  To qualify you must have completed the adult summer reading program by Thursday, August 21.
· Washington Nationals Game Experience for four people, including:
     -4 field-level tickets
     -special on-field batting practice session
     -free parking for game day


Special Presentations

We've put together an amazing lineup of speakers from many different fields of science and technology. 

For locations, dates and times, check our calendar of events. 

Here are highlights.

Architecture and Engineering

Kim Prothro-Williams – Alley Life in DC
Mike Robb – Brutalist Architecture
Mike Robb – History of the Navy Yard
Zach Schrag – The Great Society Subway

Digital Commons Road Show

See demonstrations of our 3D scanning and printing tech

Earth and Space

NASA Panel – Mapping Earth from Space
Victor Zabielski – Responding to Cataclysms (Climate Change)

Energize DC

Learn about energy saving strategies and more with Pepco

Freedom and Privacy

Carrie Gardner – Intellectual Freedom and Internet Privacy
Vincent Houghton – The Science of Spying


Xavier Brown – Urban Gardening
Ricardo Eppenstein – Tree Grafting
Carol Herwig – The Once-a-Week Garden
Alexandra Torres (Botanical Garden) –Landscape for Life

Public Spaces

Melanie Choukas-Bradley – City of Trees & Rock Creek Park
DC Water – Protecting the Potomac and Anacostia Watersheds
Simone Monteleone – Preservation of Rock Creek
Chris Shaheen – Public Space 101