Discover Summer for Teens

Discover Summer for Teens

Teens are invited to go, find and explore with DC Public Library this summer!

Discover Summer Prizes | Be A Super Reader | Know Your PowerDiscover Summer Events | Read, Watch and Listen with the Library | Summer Learning

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! In addition to reading for 20 minutes each day, Discover Summer's 13 - 19 program is designed to help you have fun this summer while continuing to learn and grow your skills. 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.

Each activity on the Discover Summer gameboard will get you excited about learning, creating and exploring this summer. Complete at least four activities each month to be in the running for prizes sponsored by the DC Public Library Foundation!

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. This year's prizes for teens are:

  • June: $35 Regal Gift Card
  • July: $30 Busboys and Poets Gift Card
  • August: 
    • Tickets to a Washington Nationals Game
    • $50 &Pizza 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
Teens 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 pair of noise-canceling headphones. The prize is sponsored by the DC Public Library Foundation. Visit your neighborhood library to learn more and pick up your Super Reader gameboard.

Share Your Creative Vision

Pepco, the DC Public Library Foundation and DC Public Library invite you to find your power and use it to creatively address a topic that is important to you. What change would you like to see in the world? We are calling on youth between the ages of 13 - 19 to use their creative voice to make a difference. 

Between May 16 and Aug. 16, submit an original work of writing, photography, illustration, or music that expresses your feelings on a social issue that matters to you.  We’re looking for pieces that are not only well-crafted but have a strong voice and perspective on a subject pertaining to civic engagement. 

Four winners will be selected in the categories of Illustration, Writing, Music, and Photography. Each winner will receive a prize that will help them further their creative endeavors. Learn more and submit your entry!

Discover Summer Events at Your Neighborhood Library

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
Writopia LabTuesday, June 14, 4:30 p.m. | Know Your Power Writopia Workshop at Tenley-Friendship Library
Sign up for a creative writing workshop for young people between the ages of 13 - 19 provided by Writopia Lab. In these hour-long workshops held published authors, poets and playwrights will guide youth in authoring their own work of creative writing based on a social issue that they are passionate about. 

A pink banner reading "Woodridge Neighborhood Library Family Pride Festival", with a progress pride flag above and a variety of people wearing rainbow heart shirts belowSaturday, June 18, 1 p.m. | Woodridge Library Pride Festival
This Pride Month, DC Public Library is throwing an all-ages, family-friendly party for LGBTQ+ youth and families. Join us on the lawn in front of Woodridge Neighborhood Library for crafts, games, food, and community! 


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♡.

Home — Planet Word MuseumTuesday, June 28, 3 p.m. | I'm Sold! Virtual Workshop With the Planet Word Museum

In this one-hour-long interactive virtual workshop, a Planet Word educator will guide youth ages 13 - 19 through advertising copywriting techniques that make ads memorable and persuasive. The program will finish with students writing their own copy, while discussion centers the idea of being a savvy consumer.

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

Read, Listen, Watch and Learn With the Library

There are so many ways to keep up your healthy habit of reading for 20 minutes each day:

Find even more things to read, watch, listen and learn in the library’s catalog and in goDigital.

Summer Learning with the Library

Participating in summer learning this year? You aren’t alone! Students across the city are extending their learning through school, summer camp and at home. 

The Library is here for you as you do research, write papers and complete assignments. With Brainfuse HelpNow, you have access to live tutoring in English and Spanish from 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. each day. Tutors can help you in many core subjects, including math, science and English language arts. In addition, you can submit papers to HelpNow’s Writing Lab for expert assistance and feedback, or collaborate with peers in virtual study spaces. 

Learn more about HelpNow and other learning resources at the Library’s Homework Help for Teens page

For more teen opportunities year-round, follow @dclibraryteens on Instagram.

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