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Book by Book:
Adult Summer Reading

Book by Book: Adult Summer Reading

June 1 - August 31, 2021

Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) is here to help grown-ups celebrate this summer with the best books around. Read or listen to five books between June 1 – August 31, 2021 and be entered to win a fantastic prize.

To sign up, visit any MPL location for a paper reading log OR sign up online.

  • Check-in at any MPL location to receive a coupon* for one free used book from the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library (while supplies last). *Redeemable at any MPL Location.
  • Keep track of your books & activities on a reading log, or on Beanstack.
  • Return completed log / complete your challenges on Beanstack by August 31st and enter for a chance to win a prize.
  • Completing the Book by Book five-book challenge enters the participant in the grand prize drawing. Additional prize opportunities are available on Beanstack.
  • One entry per participant (paper or online). Ages 18+
     

Explore our Bonus Challenges!

Are you a History Buff, Poetry Lover, or a Maker Extraordinaire? Then we have fun bonus challenges just for you! Look under “Activity Badges” for more ways to have fun this summer. 

Winners will be contacted on how to obtain their prize.
 


The Book by Book Adult Summer Reading Program supports the library’s goal of creating a city of readers and lifelong learners by encouraging adults to read based on their interests, visit the library during the summer, and model positive reading habits. Past program participants have shared that the program helped reignite their passion for reading with the added benefit of fun prizes!


A special thank you to our 2021 prize sponsors!


 

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