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Adult Summer Reading Program

Read Outside 2022 IndyPL Adult Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program is not just for kids and teens, adults can join the fun as well. Explore great reads and complete activities to earn badges and prizes along the way.

Read Outside while nurturing yourself and our community. Explore the great outdoors, read outside, enjoy the sunshine, and share your experience using #ReadOutsideIndyPL.

The Adult Summer Reading Program will begin on Monday, June 6th and will conclude on Saturday, July 30th. All adults are welcome to participate.

How to Participate

How it Works

Read Books | Read anything you want! Get reading recommendations from our staff!

Complete Challenges | Complete fun reading and activity challenges.

Claim your Badges and Prizes | Register for the program to receive your first prize. Complete 8 of 16 challenges to earn badges and a second prize.

Fill out our Survey | Your feedback helps to ensure our Adult Summer Reading Program is meeting the needs of the Indianapolis community. Please take a few minutes to answer a few questions on our survey. Thank you!

Need help? Ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text or email Ask-a-Librarian.

How to Register

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On the Beanstack app:
Search for “Beanstack” in the App Store or Google Play Store and follow the instructions to create an account. If you already have an account, you need only enroll in "Summer Reading 2022 with IndyPL."

On the web:
In your browser, visit our Beanstack app to create an account for yourself. If you already have an account, you need only enroll in "Summer Reading 2022 with IndyPL"

In person/On paper:
Visit or call any IndyPL location to register with a staff member.

Summer Reading Workshops

Backyard Photography Basics
Do you take photos with a smartphone or a point and shoot camera? You are sure to learn techniques relevant to all photographers! Join members of the Riviera Camera Club, one of the most awarded photography clubs in Indiana, as they showcase images and basic photographic techniques to enhance your photographs.

Journaling: An Essential Tool in the Writer’s Toolbox with John F. Allen
Schedule & Registration
Learn the importance of journaling for a writer and how to get started. We will cover various types of journals, journal formats, and how they are essential tools which writers can use to corral and organize their ideas, work out thematic issues, use as an emotional release, and so much more!

Nature Journaling with Dominique Weldon
Schedule & Registration
While many of us may live in dense towns or cities, we can still take the time to appreciate the earth. In this workshop, we will not only closely observe, but write about our environment.

Read Outside: Contemporary Writers with Jessica Reed
Schedule & Registration
We will study passages from contemporary writers like Robert Macfarlane, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and Merlin Sheldrake. Then we will write our own short exercises and share them with each other.

Read Outside: Poetry and Journaling with Nick Reading
Schedule & Registration
Through writing that speaks to the theme of community, between the writer and themselves, between the writer and the reader, and between the writer and the natural world, we will reflect on our purpose for writing.

Do you want to draft that novel or revise that story? One of the books on this list might help you see things in a new way.

Complete activities to redeem your prize!

When you complete 8 of 16 activities pick up your prize at any IndyPL location.

1. Take an urban walk. Explore the streets around your home or venture downtown to walk around the streets near Central Library. Find reading recommendations about Indianapolis history or browse these titles set in Indianapolis.

2. Plant something. Try growing your own food. Visit IndyPL’s Seed Library locations for free seeds.

3. Read outside. Cozy up with a book in a hammock, in your backyard, or a bench in a park. Browse these great reads whether you like to walk, run, or hike outside! Or try one of these for even more outdoor inspiration!

4. Read about a place you’d love to visit. Whether that place is across the pond, on the beach, or closer to home, IndyPL has a book set in your dream destination. Spend some time planning your next trip, or just enjoy some armchair travel with these titles to satisfy your wanderlust from West Baden to National Parks to London!

5. Take a hike along a waterway. Stroll along the Canal Walk downtown or find a waterway close to you. See our recommendations for Lakeside and Beach reads.

6. Visit an Indy park. Visit one of the many parks throughout the city – find a park down the street or explore one new to you. You can also explore more than 16,000 photos, videos, and historical documents detailing the history of Indianapolis Parks in the Library’s Indy Parks and Recreation Digital Collection.

7. Attend a library program. IndyPL offers free workshops throughout the summer – browse our calendar of events for kids, teens, and adults, or browse our programs by theme.

8. Try a new recipe. Test your skills in the kitchen with a recipe from the Library's cookbook collection or browse recipe book recommendations from our staff.

9. Read about sustainability. Learn more about the relationship between the economy, culture and society, and the environment with a book from IndyPL. See our reading suggestions to learn about composting or the climate crisis.

10. Read about gardening. Set your garden up for success and check out a book about planting after getting seeds from the IndyPL Seed Library. See our gardening reading recommendations here.

11. Read a paperback book. IndyPL has many paperback books – from romances to suspense to biographies to graphic novels.

12. Read a book from the Racial Equity Collection. Learn about antiracism and social justice from IndyPL’s curated Racial Equity Collection, available at all of our locations.

13. Read a book by an Indiana author. Check out an Indiana author like Maurice Broaddus, John Green, Kaveh Akbar, and many more. See our staff recommendations.

14. Read about sports. Whether you love soccer, baseball, Serena Williams, or Simone Biles, IndyPL has a sports book recommendation for you.

15. Read a survival book. Enjoy a memoir about defying the odds or about basic first aid, IndyPL has books to help you prepare for any situation. See our staff reading recommendations.

16. Read something fun – your pick! Indulge in your favorite genre – reread a favorite or something from your "To Be Read" list. See our genre reading recommendations here.

2022 IndyPL Adult Summer Reading Program Sponsors

Upcoming Programs for Adults

Adult Book Discussion at Warren

Adult Book Discussion at Warren

Warren Branch

The book to be discussed is "The Sisters Are Alright" by Tamara Winfrey Harris. Adults are invited to this monthly book discussion program. Book lists with titles selected by group members are available at the Library. New members are always welcome.

Cooking Class - Food Safety and Summer Salads

Cooking Class - Food Safety and Summer Salads

Haughville Branch

Join our cooking class in order to learn how to make and keep your food safe this summer.

Career Center at Martindale-Brightwood

Career Center at Martindale-Brightwood

Martindale-Brightwood Branch

Adults needing help with creating a resume, searching for a job or career online, or filling out an online job application are invited to receive free one-on-one assistance. The Career Center is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.