Teen Summer Challenge
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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 Labyrinth Game Shop.
Teens who log reading for at least 30 days in June and July will be entered into a raffle for a chance to a $25 gift card to library partner Politics and Prose sponsored by the DC Public Library Foundation and an exclusive invitation to an author talk! Click here to get started by registering for the 2021 Summer Challenge.
There are so many ways to get in 20 minutes of reading each day:
- Elevate your classic beach read by checking out some of the best YA eBooks that have come out in the past year.
- Going on a road trip? Download the newest YA audiobooks. The miles toward your destination will fly by!
- Browse magazines by the pool. The Library has titles for every interest whether you want the latest celebrity gossip, are an avid foodie or you want to learn about the hottest in tech.
- Classic D.C. afternoon summer rain got you indoors? (We get it!) Binge popular and award-winning movies and shows with Kanopy!
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. Don’t forget, using Library resources counts toward your #Read20 so make sure you log your tutoring time!
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 25 and Aug. 10, 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!
The library is hosting virtual events throughout the summer where you can learn how to record music, become a photographer, and more. See what is coming up online.
Tuesday, May 25, 4 p.m. | Teen Open Mic: Know Your Power Kickoff with Writopia
Tuesday, June 8, 4:30 p.m. | Writopia Lab: Creative Writing For Teens
Tuesday, July 13, 4:30 p.m. | Writopia Lab: Creative Writing For Teens
Tuesday, July 27, 4 p.m. | Keep Knowing Your Power: Teen Open Mic with Writopia
Tuesday, Aug. 10, 4:30 p.m. | Writopia Lab: Creative Writing For Teens
Words, Beats & Life
Thursday, June 3, 5 p.m. | Counting Bars: Making Rap Music Pt. 1 with Words, Beats & Life
Thursday, June 10, 5 p.m. | Counting Bars: Making Rap Music Pt. 1 with Words, Beats, & Life
Thursday, June 17, 5 p.m. | Searching for the Perfect Beat: Trap Beat Production Pt. 1 with Words, Beats & Life
Thursday, June 24, 5 p.m. | Searching for the Perfect Beat: Trap Beat Production Pt. 2 with Words, Beats & Life
Thursday, July 1, 5 p.m. | Poetry Writing with Words, Beats, and Life Pt. 1
Thursday, July 8, 5 p.m. | Poetry Writing with Words, Beats, and Life Pt. 2
Thursday, July 15, 5 p.m. | Fine Art Pt. 1 with Words, Beats & Life
Thursday, July 22, 5 p.m. | Fine Art Pt. 2 with Words, Beats, & Life
Thursday, July 29, 5 p.m. | Street Art with Words, Beats, & Life
Thursday, Aug. 5, 5 p.m. | Photography Workshop with Words, Beats, & Life
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