Summer Challenge 2019

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Summer Challenge 2019

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



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.

Washington Nationals Pitcher Sean Doolittle doing a special story time for children

Library Events

The fun doesn't end with Summer Challenge. Your neighborhood library has free events all year long! From story times to concerts to collaborative making workshops, there is something for every age and every interest right in your neighborhood. Check out the library's event calendar and filter by location to see what is coming up near you!


Beyond the Book Arts Showcase

This year, during Summer Challenge, we asked young writers, musicians, videographers and creatives to read something this summer and use that as inspiration to create a work of art in their given medium. We received an overwhelming response and it was an honor to work with the Hirshhorn's ARTLAB+ to judge the submissions. View the winners at the Teen Summer Challenge homepage.

DC Public Library Summer Challenge is supported by The Washington Nationals. 

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Additional Summer Challenge Partners include: