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Teen Summer Challenge

Read, join events and win prizes all summer long!


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.

Click here to get started by registering for the 2020 Summer Challenge.

Super Readers 

Log reading for at least 30 days in June and July for a chance to win an exclusive invite to An Afternoon with author Tiffany D. Jackson on Aug. 10 at 3 p.m. This special virtual program with the author of Allegedly, Monday's Not Coming, and Let Me Hear a Rhyme will be in two parts. In the first session, Ms. Jackson will discuss her books, particularly Monday's Not Coming, a story about a girl whose best friend goes missing that takes place in Washington, D.C. The second session will be a creative writing workshop lead by Ms, Jackson. All selected participants will receive an ebook copy of Monday's Not Coming. sponsored by the DC Public Library Foundation

A finger on a table with the text, "Recommendations for Reading, Listening and Watching."

There are so many ways to get in 20 minutes of reading each day whether you are:

  • Checking out some of the best eBooks that have come out in the past year
  • Downloading one of our “always available” audiobooks to listen to while you do chores
  • Reading about the newest Nintendo Switch games in Wired Magazine

Find even more things to read, watch, listen and learn at goDigital.

The DC Public Library Foundation and Pepco have teamed up with DC Public Library to host a contest for artists, writers, photographers and musicians between the ages of 13 - 19. Starting May 18, teens can submit creative work on a social issue to the Know Your Power creative arts contest. Learn more and submit your creative work on the contest page.

Hand on a laptop keyboard with the text, "Virtual events that will inspire you to create and learn."

The library is hosting virtual events throughout the summer where you can learn how to record music, become a photographer, code your own video games and more. See what is coming up online

Summer Challenge Events

Cloudy Heaven Games
Tuesday, June 9, 4 p.m.: Cloudy Heaven Games
Wednesday, July 1, 4 p.m.: Cloudy Heaven Games
Thursday, Aug. 6, 4 p.m.: Cloudy Heaven Games


Know Your Power Workshops

Logo for Words, Beats, and Life

Words, Beats & Life
Wednesday, May 20, 5 p.m.: Counting Bars: Making Rap Music, Pt. 1
Tuesday, June 23, 5. p.m.: Searching for the Perfect Beat: Trap Beat Production, Pt. 1
Tuesday, June 30, 5 p.m.: Searching for the Perfect Beat: Trap Beat Production, Pt. 2
Tuesday, July 7, 5 p.m.: I am: A Poetry Writing Workshop, Pt. 1
Tuesday, July 14, 5 p.m.: I am: A Poetry Writing Workshop, Pt. 2
Tuesday, July 21, 5 p.m.: Fine Arts: Drawing Portraits, Pt. 1
Tuesday, July 28, 5 p.m.: Fine Arts: Drawing Portraits, Pt. 2
Tuesday, Aug. 4, 5 p.m.: Power in Our City: Stencil Portraits of Famous Washingtonians
Tuesday, Aug. 11, 5 p.m.: Open Mic Activity with Featured Poet and Live DJ

ipsy bipsy studio
Tuesday, May 26, 6 p.m.: Make a Zine
Wednesday, June 3, 5 p.m.: Illustration Techniques

Writopia Lab
Monday, June 1, 5 p.m.: Writing Workshop
Tuesday, June 2, 3:30 p.m.: Writing Workshop
Thursday, June 11, 5 p.m.: Writing Workshop

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

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