Library Launches Discover Summer Program

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Library Launches Discover Summer Program

Adults encouraged to model reading for pleasure and learning activities during the summer months

This summer, you could win a free pizza with a $25 &pizza gift card, increase your at-home book collection with a $30 gift card to Loyalty Bookstore, or enjoy a brunch with a $50 Busboys and Poets gift card courtesy of your Library. These are prizes that adults could win by completing four literacy-related activities a month in the DC Public Library's Discover Summer program. 

While reading 20 minutes a day over the summer months remains one of the best ways to help students remember more of what they learned during the school year, Discover Summer isn't just for children. Adults play a critical role by modeling reading for pleasure as an activity.

Through August 31, Library customers can find activities to engage themselves and their children as part of Discover Summer. Like the Discover Summer program for children and teens, any reading counts. Program highlights for adults include

  • Free admission days with Library cards at the Kreeger Museum and the Phillips Collection and special Library activities at the Spy Museum.
  • A summer series of rooftop shows featuring local bands presented by the Library's Punk Archive 
  • Black on Both Sides Series: A Celebration of Black Music featuring local DJs  
  • A discussion of the new documentary "Barry Farm: Community, Land, and Justice" led by directors Sabhiya Price and Sam George.

A complete schedule of activities can be found online or on the Library's mobile app.  

Adults can enter a raffle for gift card prizes by completing at least four activities a month. One winner will be selected for each location. Discover Summer also makes it easy to track progress. Completed activities can be logged on a gameboard available at any Library location or using a mobile app called Beanstack. Children and teens will be eligible for different prizes by completing at least four activities a month.  

To learn more about Discover Summer, visit your neighborhood library or dclibrary.org/discoversummer.