Adult Summer Reading


Challenging times call for challenging books, and in 2020, we have two challenging options for our readers — you can read Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace or Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents (also known as The Earthseed Duology) by Octavia Butler. The choice is yours!

As with everything else, COVID-19 has impacted our summer reading plans in myriad ways. For example, many book supply warehouses and publishers have scaled back their production and capacity, meaning that we've had a much longer wait for the books to arrive. That said, they finally arrived in early June, and are ready to be reserved and picked up at UCPL! 

Additionally, we're relying on email communications much more heavily this summer. If you're signed up to receive emails and can't find them, please check your junk or spam folder, and make sure "reference@ucitylibrary.org" is on your list of approved senders. You can also find links to all of the emails at the bottom of this page.

Another big change is that our program will be all online this summer. UCPL is partnering with software called Beanstack to track our summer reading at all age levels. There, you'll find specific challenges related to each of the "paths" you can choose for the Big Book Challenge. Check out the challenges, and get yourself registered here.

UCPL will still offer its Big Book readers the same discussions and scholar presentations — and informative blog posts — you've come to know and love. Keep up with us on our Facebook page and through our Adult Summer Reading blog. After all, UCPL is home to the best readers in the world!

Big Book Challenge Emails