Summer Challenge 2021

Summer Challenge 2021

Everyone can get in on the fun this summer by participating in DC Public Library's Summer Challenge!


Everyone can get in on the fun this summer by participating in DC Public Library's Summer Challenge! By reading just 20 minutes each day, whether it is a book, magazine or blog, you can keep your mind engaged while also earning prizes. The Library is also hosting special programs for readers of all ages throughout the summer! Read on to learn more.

How to Participate

Keyboard with Register ButtonRegister
Sign up online or visit your neighborhood library (If you've participated in any of the Library's reading programs in the past, you can log in to your existing account with your username and password.) 

Beanstack App and Landing Page ScreenshotsTrack Your Reading
Track your reading on your smartphone or tablet with the Beanstack mobile app. Not sure how to log your reading online? Ask a Library staff member for help or email If you require accommodations, please email the Center for Accessibility at

Teen studying on the floor with a laptop, textbooks and notebookParticipate in Summer Learning
With Brainfuse HelpNow, you have access to live tutoring in English and Spanish from 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. each day! Learn more on the Homework Help for Kids and Homework Help for Teens pages. Don’t forget, summer learning counts toward your #Read20 so make sure you log your tutoring time!

Boost Reading Skills with Team DC Reads!
Participating DC Public School and DC Public Charter School students (rising 2-5 grade students) can boost their reading skills while reading fun stories with Amira LearningAmira Learning provides students with real-time reading support as they read stories out loud. From June 24 to Aug. 30, students are encouraged to read at least 3 stories a day, 3 times per week with Amira. Amira Learning will be made available on school-provided devices and students are invited to bring them to their neighborhood library for reading practice! Reading with Amira Learning counts toward your #Read20 so make sure you log your reading time!

Winning TicketWin Prizes
Log your reading, learning and library event activities each day to earn prizes. There are prizes available for all age ranges throughout the summer with a chance to earn special grand prizes in August. Prizes will support some of your favorite local businesses like Politics and Prose, Busboys and Poets and Shop Made In DC as well as tickets and other opportunities to engage with our amazing local sports teams, including the Washington Nationals, DC United and the Washington Football Team!

Girl in a cape with a bookSuper Reader Challenge
If you love to read the library invites you to sign up for the Super Reader Challenge. By reading above and beyond 20 minutes a day you can be eligible for additional prizes and exclusive experiences! 

Summer Challenge for the Whole Family

The Washington Nationals encourage you to be a part of the team that reads!   Click here to see a special video from Nats players who share their love of reading with their family!
Looking for something fun to do this summer? From live music to yoga classes to storytelling and much more, the library has events, activities and recommendations to excite readers of all ages. Learn more about Summer Challenge options for the whole family and what you can find at your neighborhood library!
Kids Ages 0-12, Young Siblings Reading at Home
Teens, Ages 13 - 19, Two Teens reading
Adults, Ages 20+, Woman Reading

Summer Challenge in Other Languages

DC Public Library Summer Challenge is supported by: 

Logos for DC Public Library Foundation, Federation of Friends of the DC Public Library, Pepco: An Exelon Company, Institute of Museum and Library Services
Logos for the Washington Nationals, DC United, The Washington Football Team, Amira Learning, Government of the District of Columbia Muriel Bowser, Mayor
Logos for DC Public Schools, DC Public Charter School Board, The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, England Family Foundation
Logos for the Washington Mystics, Labyrinth Games, Politics & Prose Bookstore, Shop Made In DC, FreshFarm Markets