Summer Reading for Adults

Adult Summer Reading: Escape the Ordinary
For all readers 18 years or older
A free program that gives you prizes just for reading
June 6-August 8, 2015
All Enoch Pratt Free Library locations
Read good books, play games, and win prizes

Read and Submit Entries

Entry Forms

For every book you read this summer, submit an online entry form or fill out a paper entry form and drop it in the Adult Summer Reading Box at your local library. There is no limit on the number of times you can enter, but each entry must be for a different book. Please submit all your entries to only one Pratt Library location.

Bring a friend or family members! Summer Reading is for all ages, from birth on up.

Reading List: Escape the Ordinary

In the spirit of the Escape the Ordinary theme, Pratt librarians recommend some fiction and nonfiction titles about remarkable travels:

Adult Summer Reading Picks: Extraordinary Journeys

Reviews & Suggestions by Participants

See what adults around Baltimore are saying about their summer reads:

Blog posts on Adult Summer Reading

More Ways to Participate

Events at the Library

Free Summer Programs: watch for fun free events for adults at the library all summer long.

Weekly Challenge: "Extraordinary Puzzles"

Guess the book title posted weekly below

Win prizes

The more you read, the more chances you have to win! Everyone receives a prize for participating, while supplies last. To claim this prize, see a staff member. At the Central Library, see Fiction Department staff.

Each completed entry will be placed in a drawing for one of four fabulous prizes awarded at each Pratt Library location. All readers will also be eligible for a chance to win the GRAND prize, a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card.

Adult Summer Reading prizes

Prizes distributed in the final lottery include:

  1. Lunch with Enoch Pratt Free Library CEO Carla Hayden on Saturday, August 22
  2. Dinner & a movie: a coupon for Pizza Hut and movie passes to Horizon Cinemas
  3. A gift card from Lost City Diner
  4. A gift certificate to a local business (below)
  5. A $100 Barnes & Noble gift card (donated by the Pratt Contemporaries)

Gift certificates to local businesses:

Special thanks to all of the generous contributors for our summer reading prizes!

Weekly Online Challenge: "Extraordinary Puzzles"

Each week a visual puzzle, called a rebus, will be posted. Solve the 9 puzzles by sounding out the pictures from left to right to create famous book title.


Images of Frank Sinatra, the letter N, and a German beer stein combine to sound like "Frankenstein."

example: Frank - n - stein

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Book title submissions may be done weekly or before the close of Summer Reading on August 8. Send in your answers.

A special luncheon with Dr. Carla Hayden will be awarded to randomly chosen people from the pool of participants who answer the most book titles correctly. The lucky winner will be notified by email or telephone. A listing of the correct answers will be posted at the end of Summer Reading.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Summer Reading Program, anyway?

Simply put, the Summer Reading Program is a way to encourage everyone to read all summer long. As an extra incentive, you can even earn prizes along the way for the reading that you do! Kids are at a particular risk of losing some of the knowledge they gained during the school year if they don’t read during the summer months. This program can help make sure they’re on track when they head back to school!

Is the Summer Reading Program a camp where I can bring my child?

No. The Summer Reading Program is designed to encourage independent reading. Kids can keep track of the reading that they do at home, at the library, anywhere, and in turn, they can earn prizes.

Is the Summer Reading Program only for kids?

No! Everyone ages birth and up can participate. There’s a program for kids, teens, and adults with different rules and prizes for each. We consider kids to be from birth to entering 5th grade in the fall. Teens are entering 6th through 12th grade. The adult program includes everyone else.

How much does the Summer Reading Program cost?

It’s free!

Where and how do I sign up?

Stop by any Pratt location beginning June 6 to get started. We’ll get you everything you need keep track of your reading.

How can I earn prizes?

Each of our programs works a little bit differently. For detailed information, you can click on the page for kids, teens, or adults. Basically, you’ll keep track of your reading either in a log if you’re a kid or teen, or by filling out an entry slip if you’re an adult. Along the way, you’ll be eligible for prizes and raffles.

Who keeps track of how much I read?

You do! The Summer Reading Program is driven by you. The more you read, the more opportunities you have to earn prizes. All you’ll do is check in your reading at your local library to be eligible.

When does the program start and end?

The program starts Saturday, June 6 and ends Saturday, August 8.

Summer Reading for Everyone!

reading robotPratt Library's Summer Reading program is for all ages.

See details for kids - teens - adults