Adult Summer Reading
This summer, adults can join the Summer Reading fun!
Win prizes for reading. Attend special events. Learn something new at your library.
Participate between May 30 and Aug. 31, 2015.
Click here for more info about fun for all ages for DC Public Library Summer Reading and our sponsors.
How did you enjoy Summer Reading? Fill out the Summer Reading survey.
How to Play | How to Win | Activities and Events
Adults ages 18 and older are encouraged to read new books, discover new ideas, learn new skills and explore what it takes to be a hero.
- Reading: Read any fiction or nonfiction book in any format: print, audio, e-book, e-audio.
- Learning: Learn to use a library database, attend a class or event, use the Library's 3-D printer or print-on-demand book machine at the Digital Commons. Check our calendar for a schedule of events at your library.
- Registration: When you sign up to participate in summer reading, you receive our 2015 summer reading button.
- Hero: After you’ve completed any two blocks, you’re a Hero! Come to any DC Public Library location to pick up your midpoint prize: a pair of earbuds.
- Superhero: After you’ve completed four blocks, including at least one block in each category, you’re a Superhero! Come to any public library to pick up your completion prize: a voucher for one Chipotle burrito. You are also automatically entered into a raffle at your neighborhood library to win an Amazon Kindle, and a city-wide raffle for four tickets for a Washington Nationals On-Field Experience.
- League of Extraordinary Readers: Summer reading doesn't end at four activities! Adults who complete more than five blocks will become a member of our League of Extraordinary Readers! All members with more than five blocks receive a League of Extraordinary Readers pin, and the city’s 25 top readers (most books read) will receive two complimentary tickets to the DC Public Library Foundation’s fall Banned Books Week reception Uncensored: The Preview Party held at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in September 2015.
Summer Reading events this year include presentations on city history and neighborhood heroes, workshops with the Crime and Punishment Museum and International Spy Museum, opportunities to explore social heroism, and much, much more! Check out the full calendar and see some highlights below.
City History, City HeroesD.C. history talks with local writer C.R. Gibbs
- Agents of Danger: The Underground Railroad in D.C.
- African American Heroines of the Civil War
- Champions of Justice: The Battle to Smash Jim Crow in the Nation’s Capitol
- Fred Gregory on his father, Francis Gregory
- Musical Heroes of D.C.: from Brown and Ellington to D.C. today
- The Homestead Grays and a Changing Washington
- Charles Allen on his father, Eugene Allen, inspiration of Lee Daniels’ The Butler
- The Tuskegee Airmen
- E. Ethelbert Miller on prominent local poet Sterling Brown
Crime and Justice
- Crime and Punishment Museum: Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
- International Spy Museum: Heroes or Villains?
- Animal Heroes: Meet a Secret Service Dog
Comics and Superheroes
Be a Hero to Others
- Washington Humane Society Adoption Van Visits
- Volunteer Fair featuring 60 + local organizations - teen volunteers welcome!