Adult Summer Reading 2024

Here’s to a summer of reading, discovery, and endless possibilities!

Whether you’re diving into a new adventure, exploring far-off lands, or escaping into the pages of a beloved book, Lancaster Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Challenge is your ticket to literary delight.

What is the Dewey Decimal System?

The Dewey Decimal System (or “DDC”) helps libraries keep books organized by assigning a number to different subjects. Librarians look at the topic of a book, decide which number fits the subject, and label the book with that number to be placed on the shelf in the right order.

How the challenge works:

  • Read one book for every 100s block of the Dewey Decimal System (000, 100, 200, etc…)
  • Each book should be related to the topic of the Dewey Decimal class
  • You can either:

1. Choose a nonfiction book from each Dewey Decimal section


2. Choose a fiction book which relates to each Dewey Decimal section

  • Examples: 300s, Social Sciences – includes Civil Rights
  • Nonfiction: The Color of Law, How to Be an Antiracist
  • Fiction: The Help, To Kill a Mockingbird

Once complete (and before Saturday, August 10!), return your sheet to either LPL location to be entered into our Summer Reading prize drawing!

Adult Summer Reading Challenge entry forms are available at both Lancaster Public Library branches. Can’t make the trip? Download one by clicking on the  map below!

Anything else I should know?

  • All formats are welcome!
    • Audiobooks, children’s books, and even movies count for this challenge.
  • Still wondering what to read or watch?
    • Follow us on social media for weekly recommendations
    • Ask one of our librarians for a suggestion (or two, or three, or four, or…)
    • Visit our website to fill out a Grab Bag form with your reading/watching preferences
  • Each title can be counted for only ONE category
  • Finished your first sheet? You can complete multiple sheets before the August 10 deadline!