Adult Summer Reading Program

Adult Summer Reading Program

What You Need to Know:

NEW! Register online. Visit or download the app called "Beanstack."

If you prefer to track your progress on paper, that works too! Beginning June 1, once you have completed an activity, give your local branch a call and we will register you over the phone.

When can I start? The program runs from June 1 - August 1, 2020. Prizes may be redeemed through August 8, 2020.

What books count? Books from home, library books, e-books, magazines, graphic novels, and audiobooks all count.

How do I get my tote bag? Watch for additional information about how to get your tote bag on this webpage and in our online tracking app, Beanstack. Prize quantities are limited.

Follow us on Facebook and YouTube to watch online programming and find out about good books to read!


Genealogy: IndyPL Staff member Cheryl Wright will discuss Ancestry Library Edition as a beginning resource and use paper forms to help participants create “inventories” and identify gaps in their family history knowledge.

African-American Genealogy: Led by Nichelle Hayes, leader of the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library; genealogy for people of African Ancestry has a foundation in basic genealogy principles (from which all beginners can gain knowledge). There are additional challenges and databases for people of African descent as with other ethnic groups.

Drawing Out Your Story: Led by Jessica Reed; Use the tools of the graphic novel to explore story-writing.

Memory Workshop: Led by IWC Writer-in-residence, Barbara Shoup; This workshop encourages participants to use family photos, lists, and objects to write a personal memoir.

Bullet Journal Workshop: Led by Sarah Ginter; Rediscover order in the midst of chaos by getting organized with bullet journaling.

Imagine Your Life as a Poem: Led by Lydia Johnson; How does memory shape poetry? Practice writing exercises which translate memory into imagery and other poetic techniques, to shape a poem.


Each completed activity will earn ticket(s) for a virtual drawing!

  • Read a book by an International author.
  • Read a book by a Black author.
  • Read a book by an Asian author.
  • Read a book by an LGBTQ+ author.
  • Read a book by a Latinx author.
  • Read a book suggested by a Librarian.
  • Read a graphic novel.
  • Read a favorite book from your childhood.
  • Read a book and then watch the movie.
  • Read a book about Indianapolis.
  • Read a cookbook & make a recipe.
  • Read a craft book & make a project.

Drawing Prizes

You can enter prize drawings for a chance to win:

  • A Basket of Books
  • Ghost Tour at the Central Library
  • 2 passes to the Indiana Historical Society
  • 6 passes to the Indiana State Museum

  • 1 Indiana State Park pass
  • Annual Pass to Indiana State Parks
  • Tour through Indianapolis history and view other unique treasures of the Indianapolis Special Collections Room at Central Library. See the Babylonian tablets and other rare artifacts available in the collection.
  • 4 passes to Newfields: A Place for Nature and the Arts
  • 1-year membership to Newfields: A Place for Nature and the Arts