Adult Summer Reading Program

Adult Summer Reading Program

Read books. Do fun activities. Win prizes!

Register Online:

Visit indypl.beanstack.org or simply search “Beanstack” in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and follow the instructions. (Note: Although it would have been clever...the name of the app is not BeanSTALK.) Here is a video tutorial to help you get started.

If you prefer to not register online, give your local branch a call and we will register you over the phone.

How to Earn Drawing Entries:

Adults earn prize drawing entries by completing summer reading activities. A printable activities list is available here.

Every activity you complete earns a prize drawing entry.

Complete 12 Activities and earn a free tote bag! (while supplies last)

If you are using Beanstack, record the activities you have completed there and and choose which drawing you would like to enter.

If you are not using Beanstack, you may report your activities and select your drawings by calling your branch.

The program runs from June 1 - August 1, 2020. Prizes may be redeemed through August 8, 2020.

Adult Summer Reading Activities

  • 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.


Select From These Drawing Choices:

1.) A Basket of Books including:

  • The Supreme's at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat Cafe by Edward Kelsey Moore (Indiana Author)
  • Map to the Stars by Adrian Matejka (Poet Laureate of Indiana 2018-2019)
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (2016 McFadden Lecturer)
  • How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon (Indiana Author)
  • But They Can't Beat Us: Oscar Robertson and the Crispus Attucks Tigers by Randy Roberts
  • The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler (Indiana Author)
  • Fire in the Water by James Alexander Thom (Indiana Author)
  • The Lost Episodes of Revie Bryson by Bryan Furuness (Indiana Author)
  • Little Pretty Things by Lori Rader-Day (Indiana Author)

Plus, signed copies of:

  • The World According to Garp by John Irving (2004 McFadden Lecturer)
  • Paper Towns by John Green (Indiana Author)

2.) Ghost Tour at the Central Library- Take part in a mini-investigation of Central Library, and learn how to use various equipment and gadgets used in the world of the paranormal. During the investigation, we will highlight some of the better known areas or “hot-spots” including the spiral staircase.

3.) 2 passes to the Indiana Historical Society

4.) 6 passes to the Indiana State Museum

5.) 1-year membership to Newfields: A Place for Nature and the Arts

6.) 1 Indiana State Park pass

7.) Annual Pass to Indiana State Parks

8.) 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.

9.) 4 passes to Newfields: A Place for Nature and the Arts

10. Bucket of Movie Passes- Each bucket includes digital movie codes for Doolittle, The Turning, Cats, The Current War, Little Women, Onward, Trolls World Tour, and 1917, as well as microwave popcorn, boxed movie candy, and 2 Disney Insiders passes. (Six buckets available)

2020 IndyPL Adult Summer Reading Program

Join Us for Online Programs and Workshops

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.


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.

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

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.