Adult Summer Challenge

Adult Summer Challenge

The Library has everything you need for reading, listening, watching and learning this summer!

Discover Summer Prizes | Be A Super Reader | Discover Summer Events | Read, Watch and Listen | Learn and Grow with the Library

This summer, DC Public Library invites you to a city-wide celebration of reading and learning at home, at the library and out in your community! Discover Summer's 20+ program invites you to embrace the freedom you may have felt the very first days of summer break. With the change in routine you observe different things, you find more time to enjoy hobbies, learn a new skill, read for pleasure and explore different neighborhoods around the city.

Cultivate that feeling all summer long by continuing your healthy reading habit of reading for 20 minutes a day and completing Discover Summer activities. You can find everything you need for Discover Summer at your neighborhood library! We have special reading lists, great events and so much more for you to enjoy.

Discover Summer Prizes

Bring your paper gameboard to your neighborhood library or ensure you have marked at least four activities complete in Beanstack by the last day of each month to be in the running for monthly prize drawings sponsored by the DC Public Library Foundation. This year's prizes for adults

  • June Prize: $25 &Pizza Gift Card
  • July Prize: $30 Loyalty Bookstore Gift Card
  • August Grand Prize:
    • Tickets to a Washington Nationals Game
    • $50 Busboys and Poets Gift Card
    • A free book of your choice!
Click here to get started by registering for Discover Summer 2022!

Be A Super Reader

Be A Super Reader


Adults who log reading for 20 minutes a day in the month of August for a 2-week streak will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a $65 to Shop Made in DC. The prize is sponsored by the DC Public Library Foundation. Visit your neighborhood library to learn more and pick up your Super Reader gameboard.

Discover Summer Events

The Library is hosting events throughout the summer at a neighborhood library near you with your favorite performers and activities. Check out a few highlighted events below!

Flier for 2022 series of DC Punk Archive showsDC Punk Archive MLK Library Rooftop Shows

DC Punk Archive presents a summer series of rooftop shows featuring local bands. This series is sponsored by the MLK Library Friends.

- Wednesday, June 8, 6:30 p.m. | Library Rooftop Show Featuring Faunas and Lightmare
- Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 p.m. | Library Rooftop Show Featuring Featuring Cinema Hearts and Continuals
- Wednesday, Aug. 10, 6:30 p.m. | Library Rooftop Show Featuring Featuring Big Cry Country and Prude

Black on Both Sides DC ExperienceBlack on Both Sides Series: A Celebration of Black Music at MLK Library

Black in Space and DC Public Library presents the Black on Both Sides Series: A Celebration of Black Music.

- Saturday, June 4, Noon | DJ Experience Featuring Baronhawk
- Saturday, June 11, Noon | DJ Masterclass Featuring Asha "BOOMCLAK" Santee
- Saturday, June 18, Noon | Juneteenth Celebration Featuring Diyanna Monet

Image for event: Virtual Author Talk: Alyscia CunninghamSaturday, June 18, 2 p.m. | Virtual Author Talk: Alicia Cunningham

Join the Francis Gregory Library online for a virtual author talk by local filmmaker and photographer, Alyscia Cunningham. I Am More Than My Hair--a companion film and coffee table book--features conversations with women living with alopecia (hair loss). The project sheds light on their experiences in a culture that often pressures women to conform to narrow beauty standards. Learn about their journeys to self-acceptance and empowerment as they challenge and redefine society’s limited ideals of beauty.

The art piece Sadie's HomeSaturday, June 18, 1 p.m. | Maker Talk at MLK Library: Creating "Sadie's Home" With Hope and Faith

Featured in the Salon of the Refused and now owned by DC's Commission of the Arts and Humanities, the wall-sized collage Sadie's Home is a loving snapshot Black life in DC. In this online lecture, Eleisha Faith and Tonisha Hope McCorkle will talk about how they created this wall-sized collage and their two-person artist collective, Hope & Faith♡.

Image for event: Democracy DocsSaturday, June 18, 5 p.m. | Democracy Docs: Barry Farm, Community, Land and Justice
As part of the Library's ongoing Democracy Docs series with the Bertelsmann Foundation, join us for the world premiere of their newest documentary focusing on DC's own Barry Farm neighborhood. Following a screening of the film, directors Sabhiya Price and Sam George for a panel discussion of the film and this iconic neighborhood. Images from the Library's People's Archive are featured in the film.

Image for event: What I See Monday, Aug. 8, 3 p.m. | What I See: The Black Flag Photographs of Glen Friedman
Join the library and Solid State Books for a conversation with photographer Glen Friedman to discuss his new book What I See: The Black Flag Photographs of Glen E. Friedman. Friedman will discuss his photographs of this iconic punk band with a slide show of photographs and conversation with the audience. 

Check out the DC Public Library events calendar to see what is coming up this month at your library! 

Great Titles to Read, Listen to and Watch

Great titles to read, listen to and watch

Whether you are looking for a good beach read or an audiobook for an upcoming road trip the Library has you covered with goDigital. Check out some recommendations from the library!

Beach Reads to Keep You on the Edge of your Towel
The beach read is an iconic part of the summer experience. As the waves crash onto the sand the library has titles that will have you asking, “Will they or won’t they,” “Will justice be served,” and so much more. You’ll be so enraptured you might not even notice the tide coming in! Complete the sunny vibes with the
Summer Heat Playlist from Freegal. 

Listens for the road
Hitting the road this summer? A good audiobook can make the miles fly by! Hear titles read by incredible voice actors, the authors themselves and sometimes entire casts of characters that bring the words to life.

Lounging by the pool magazines
There is nothing better than flipping through a magazine poolside and browsing the latest fashions, finding delicious recipes or learning more about your favorite topic. Now you can have all your magazines together for free on the Libby app. Check it out today and get subscribing!

When it's Too Hot to do Anything but Binge Watch
Is it so hot out that you are seeing videos of people baking cookies in their car pop up on your newsfeed? Chill out while watching great shows, movies and documentaries with goDigital.

Learn and Grow this Summer with the Library

We often associate the summer season with fun and relaxation but those longer days can also be a great time to build growth opportunities into your routine! With your library card, you can learn new skills through LinkedIn Learning, get one-on-one career coaching with Brainfuse JobNow, learn American Sign Language (ASL), get certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist and so much more! 

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