This year, the theme of my local library’s adult summer reading program is “Read Outside.” The program consists of 16 activities. After completing 8 activities, I win a prize. My personal goal is to complete all 16 activities before the end of the program.
“Read Outside” runs from June 6 to July 30.
___ 1. Explore the streets around your home or venture downtown to walk around the streets near Central Library.
___ 2. Try growing your own food.
___ 3. Cozy up with a book in a hammock, in your backyard, or a bench in a park.
___ 4. Whether that place is across the pond, on the beach, or closer to home, the library has a book set in your dream destination. Spend some time planning your next trip, or just enjoy some armchair travel with these recommended titles to satisfy your wanderlust!
___ 5. Stroll along the Canal Walk downtown or find a waterway close to you.
___ 6. 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 You can also explore more than 16,000 photos, videos, and historical documents detailing the history of Indianapolis Parks in the Library’s Indy Parks and Recreation Digital Collection.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. The library offers free workshops throughout the summer – browse our calendar of events for kids, teens, and adults, or browse our programs by theme.
___ 8. Test your skills in the kitchen with a recipe from the Library’s cookbook collection or browse recipe book recommendations from our staff.
___ 9. Learn about the relationship between the economy, culture and society, and the environment with a book from the library.
___ 10. Set your garden up for success and check out a book about planting after getting seeds from the library’s Seed Library.
___ 11. The library has many paperback books – from romances to mysteries to biographies to graphic novels.
___ 12. Learn about antiracism and social justice from the library’s curated Racial Equity Collection, available at all of our locations.
___ 13. Check out an Indianapolis author like John Green, Ashley C. Ford, Mari Evans, Kurt Vonnegut, Barbara Shoup and many more.
___ 14. Whether you love soccer, baseball, Serena Williams or Simone Biles, the library has a sports book recommendation for you.
___ 15. Read a memoir about defying the odds or basic first aid. The library has books to help you prepare for any situation.
___ 16. Indulge in your favorite genre – reread a favorite or something from your “To Be Read” list.