Summer Challenge 2018

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Summer Challenge 2018

Read 20 minutes a day. Every day. (June 1 - Aug. 31)



Summer Challenge

Thanks to everyone who joined the DC Public Library in this year’s Summer Challenge. All summer long, the library has encouraged kids, teens and adults to read for at least 20 minutes a day. Setting aside 20 minutes in your day to read, attend an event at the library or take advantage of the library’s resources to do something creative is not only fun but can keep your mind active and help you stay engaged with your neighborhood library.

Continue Reading

Summer Challenge may be over but there’s no reason to stop reading. If you and your family have adopted the habit of reading for at least 20 minutes a day be sure to keep it going. Continue to use Beanstack to track how much you are reading and see how well you are doing meeting your 20 minute goal. Don’t forget that in addition to books, reading material like magazines, websites, email and Facebook also count as reading.


Go Digital

Did you know that the DC Public Library has the latest e-books, music and movies all available for free? Using the library’s digital resources is a great way to meet you goal of reading for 20 minutes. Whether you’re looking up information on one of our databases, learning a new language, or streaming your favorite album, anything you do on our GoDigital platform counts towards your 20 minutes.

Beyond the Book Arts Showcase

This year, during Summer Challenge, we asked young writers, musicians, videographers and creatives to read something amazing this summer and use that inspiration to create a work of art in their given medium. We received an overwhelming response and were excited to share their artwork at a special event that was held on Saturday, Sept 22 at the Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library.



Each year one of the most sought after prizes for adults who participate in Summer Challenge is the opportunity to attend Uncensored, a literary themed cocktail party celebrating the freedom to read, create and express. This year, the city’s top 20 readers will receive tickets to the September 28 event at Blind Whino featuring live music, craft cocktails and more. Click here for more details.

Winter Challenge

This winter, DC Public Library will be encouraging children and families to continue to read 20 minutes a day over the winter school break. When school is out, it is the perfect time to read with your children and it is also a great time for kids and teens to read for pleasure. Visit the Winter Challenge homepage for more details.



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