Summer Reading 2017

Summer Reading 2017

Kids, teens and adults -- win prizes for reading

Summer Reading 2017
The DC Public Library's Build a Better World Summer Reading challenge encourages all readers to explore books, resources and library services. Register and play online or pickup a game board at your neighborhood library.

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Activities & Contests

Summer Reading Activities and Contests Suggested Age
Science in the Summer Children
Maker Month Children, Teens and Families
Teen Book Review Contest Teens
Special Performers and Programs All ages
Summer Meals Children and Teens



Birth to 5 6 to 12 13 to 19 20+
Complete 4 activities and earn:

- Bath toy
Complete 4 hours of reading and earn:

- Free book
Complete 3 activities and earn:

- Pair of sunglasses
Read 3 books and earn:

- Pair of sunglasses
Complete 4 more activities and earn:

- Washington Nationals soft baseball

- Free children's book
Complete 4 more hours of reading and earn:

- Chipotle kid's meal coupon

- Two tickets to a Washington Nationals baseball game.

- Entry into a drawing to win a Kindle Fire.
(one per branch)

- Entry into a city-wide drawing for a Washington Nationals "on-field experience".
Complete 3 more activities and earn:

- Pair of headphones

- Two tickets to a Washington Nationals baseball game.

- Entry into a drawing to win a Kindle Fire.
(one per branch)
Read 3 more books and earn:

- Entry into a drawing to win a Kindle Fire.
(one per branch)

- Entry into a city-wide drawing for a Washington Nationals "on-field experience" for 4 people.


Read more to more: become a super reader
Birth to 5 6 to 12 13 to 19 20+
  Complete 20 more hours of reading and earn:

- Entry in a raffle to win an invitation to the Super Reader Luncheon.

*Earn an additional entry for every 20 hours you read.
Complete 6 more activities to earn:

- Entry in a drawing to win a Mac Book Air
The top 25 readers city-wide will win a pair of tickets to Uncensored, the DC Public Library Foundation's Banned Books Week Cocktail Event at the end of September (the exact date will be announced soon).



Science in the Summer
Science in the Summer is a hands-on workshop that introduces children to science as a fun learning experience. This summer, children will explore the science of sports through fun experiments.

These events are free, however registration is required. Science in the Summer is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
(Full event listings, dates and times)


Maker Month
In this series of hands-on "Maker" workshops, kids, teens and families can work with robots, build their own toys and explore 3-D printing technology. Maker workshops are a great place for kids and teens to make and collaborate while learning the core concepts of science, technology, engineering and math.

(Full event listings, dates and times)



Teen Book Review Contest
The 2017 Teen Book Review contest is open to teens ages 13-19. The contest runs from June 1 – Aug. 15, 2017. Submissions should be 1-3 paragraphs long, with a maximum of 1,800 characters. Teens can earn 2017 Teen Summer Reading credit just by participating. The top 4 entries will win Google Chromebooks and will have their work published on the DC Public Library website. Fill out your submission HERE.



Check out the DC Public Library's event calendar to find this summer's performers.  


(Full event listings, dates and times)

123 Andres graphic123 Andrés
Join 123 Andrés on a journey through the Americas learning about music, language and culture. This program is bilingual (Spanish and English) with new songs and words to make you move, sing, dance and learn. (All ages)

Double Dutch for Fun
Jumping rope is a great way to burn calories, tone muscles and stay healthy. Jump into your neighborhood library with the Double Dutch for Fun Jumpers for an experience that will keep your family physically fit.

Living the American Indian Experience
Experts will guide children through entertaining and culturally appropriate local Native American experiences like making Sisku (clay) pots, practicing archery, as well as traditional drumming, dancing and storytelling.

Mad Science
Kids will explore the science behind architecture, magic tricks, hot air balloons and hovercrafts. These spellbinding special events introduce children to the principles of science and technology through entertaining and explosive experiments.

pacific rhythmPacific Rhythm
Enjoy traditional music and dances from Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand and other Pacific island nations presented with authentic costumes. Join the fun as you learn some Polynesian dances. (All ages)

reptiles aliveReptiles Alive!
Meet a colorful variety of live, exotic animals. Our friendly wildlife presenters will entertain audiences of all ages with funny stories and amazing animal facts.


(Full event listings, dates and times)

Future Makers Workshops
In this hands-on series of workshops, focused on industrial art and design, teens explore the latest in DIY technology. Design and prototype potential products and personal keepsakes, explore the fundamentals of electronics and learn how compressed air can bring sculptures to life.

Writopia Workshops
Create or refine your works of fiction with help from published writers and playwrights. By the end of the workshop, teen authors will have a completed piece ready to submit to two prestigious online literary magazines for the opportunity to be published.

Labyrinth Puzzles & Games
Focused on our theme of building a better world, the team from Labyrinth Games & Puzzles will work with teens to build thriving cities, make the world a better place and save the world from an imminent biological danger. You may think you know board games, but you've never played any like these before.

The Labs at DC Public Library Workshops
Create your own designs with personalized t-shirts and tote bags, get the latest Photoshop tips and tricks and learn the basics about live streaming and video production. Let the Labs help you take your hobby or skill to the next level.

Words, Beats and Life Workshops
In hands-on workshops, Words, Beats and Life's hip hop arts educators will help teens create music and mural art that will be a part of a city-wide effort to educate the public about the contributions of famous Washingtonians like Marvin Gaye, Duke Ellington, Wale, Bad Brains and more.


(Full event listings, dates and times)

Author Roxane Gay at All Souls Church
All Souls Unitarian Church, 1500 Harvard St. NW

Join DC Public Library for a night of insight and discussion with this prolific author and modern female voice. Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist and An Untamed State, will be in conversation with Alicia Montgomery, editorial director of WAMU. Gay will discuss her new memoir, Hunger. This event will be held at All Souls Unitarian Church, 1500 Harvard St. NW. The event is free, but space is limited. RSVP here.

See event listing for additional details.

World Building: Writing Workshop
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Participants will learn fun ways to imagine the rules and details of the new world they are building through their writing.

Route 1 Reads

For the third consecutive year, the DC Public Library will participate in the Route One Reads initiative, a program under the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. This year, the theme of the initiative is memoirs and biographies, and the selected book to represent the District is Around the Way Girl: A Memoir by Taraji P. Henson. Find out more.

Julia Child’s Kitchen Design Ideas, and Their Relevance Today

Pamela Heyne (AIA) is the author of In Julia’s Kitchen, and in this program she will share with us her 1989 interview with world renowned chef Julia Child about kitchen design, entertaining and US culture. Pamela will inspire you to cook more, snack less, and make the family meal a bit easier.

Learn to Play: City Building Board Games
Labyrinth Games

Game experts from Labyrinth Games & Puzzles will teach you how to play popular new board games about city building. Create the city of your dreams as the Mayor in Quadropolis. Cooperate and compete with other players in Between Two Cities. Balance the needs of your citizens and your businesses in Suburbia. Erect skyscrapers in New York in 1901.


The DC Public Library also thanks the following partners for their support.

Summer Meals 2017

Click the image above for a listing of summer meals locations.