By Georgine Wallace

The Southwest Library may be closed but don’t let that stop you from participating in a great DC summer tradition that the whole family can enjoy.

The Summer Challenge (a.k.a. the Summer Reading Program), sponsored by the DC Public Library, started on June 1 and ends August 31. The program is open to everyone, newborn to adult. 

Participation is easy. Sign up at and create an account. If you participated last year, you can use that account. Follow the screen prompts to log the days on which you have read 20 minutes. If you have a child under five, you can perform an activity ( to obtain credit for that day.

The program is intended to stop the summer slide in reading proficiency among school age children. The program was expanded to include younger children and adults in order to make it a family event. Adults without children are encouraged to participate as well.

Prizes will be available on the 20th of each month. Adults can win a certificate for two tickets to a Nationals 2019 game in July and be eligible for great prizes in August. Children will receive a Nationals t-shirt. Happy reading!

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