Adult Summer Challenge

Adult Summer Challenge

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

Summer Challenge Overview | Super Readers Program | Adult Events
Read, Listen and Watch with your Library Card | Summer Learning

Read20 All Summer Long 

This summer the library challenges you to #Read20 for a chance to win fun prizes sponsored by the DC Public Library Foundation.

  • June Prize: A new book of your choice.
  • July Prize: A chance to win a $25 Gift Card to Politics and Prose.
  • August Grand Prize: A chance to win a $50 Gift Card to FRESHFARM Markets.
Click here to get started by registering for the 2021 Summer Challenge.

Super Readers 

In addition to your daily #Read20, we invite you to log your book titles for the whole summer to earn a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Shop Made in DC.

Log on for fun virtual events

The Library has a variety of virtual programs to help you have a great summer. See what is coming up online!

YD logo - Yoga District Yoga DistrictYoga District
Gentle Yoga for All Levels
Wednesdays at 12 p.m.
Tune in on Facebook Live

Washington Improv TheaterImprov for All! with Washington Improv Theater
Join Washington Improv Theater (WIT) for free monthly virtual sessions of their introductory Improv for All! workshops. Click the link above to see workshop dates and times. 

MosaicSummer Playwriting with Mosaic Theater
Our good friends at Mosaic Theater will lead a three-part playwriting workshop focused on local history, neighborhood identity, and archival research. 
Thursdays, Jun 24, Jul 8, Jul 22, 6:30 p.m.
More info here.

Chantal TsengLiterary Cocktails with Chantal Tseng
Local literary mixologist Chantal Tseng will lead us in a discussion of The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley and share recipes for a cocktail and mocktail perfectly matched with the book.
Sunday, Jul 25, 3 p.m.
RSVP here.

Malcolm XArt AfterWords: The Autobiography of Malcolm X 
Join us for our quarterly discussion of literature and portraiture with the National Portrait Gallery. As part of the Gallery's newest exhibition Block by Block, we will discuss Alex Haley's Autobiography of Malcolm X and a portrait of him from the exhibit. 
Tuesday, Aug 10, 5:30 p.m.
RSVP here.

Kat ChowSeeing Ghosts: A Conversation with Kat Chow
Wrap up Summer Challenge with a special discussion with NPR's Kat Chow about her new memoir Seeing Ghosts. 
Thursday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m.
Tune in Youtube and Facebook and RSVP here.


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.

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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