Adult Summer Reading: How to Participate

Read any five books between May 25 and July 31, 2018

The Library has a diverse collection of fiction and nonfiction titles designed to appeal to all reading interests. While our entire collection is at your disposal, feel free to browse your own shelves at home for a prized paperback or hardcover classic.

Check out our Suggested Reading titles.

Need ideas for books that fit this year's theme? Library staff have chosen fiction and nonfiction, biographies and memoirs, genre fiction, and classics to provide a quality reading experience that is thoughtful and entertaining.

View the full list in our catalog >

Record your reads, earn a prize!

Log the titles of the five books you've read and claim a limited-edition 2018 Adult Summer Reading Program PINT GLASS!

Whether the five books you select are from the Suggested Reading list or are other books you've always wanted to read, the goal of the Adult Summer Reading Program is to promote the fun and discovery of reading for pleasure!

Start logging your books! >

Other ways to take part in Adult Summer Reading:


  • You may reserve books (and other Library materials) by visiting any Library location or logging into the catalog using your free online account at
  • Don't yet have a Kansas City Public Library card? Stop by your nearest Library location and get your official card ( Or to get immediate access to our collection of eBooks, digital audiobooks, streaming music, and other digital resources, visit
  • If a favorite book is currently on the shelf at another Kansas City Public Library location, that item can be delivered to your neighborhood branch. Ask for assistance at any Public Service Desk, or use the online catalog to place a hold and identify the Library location where you'd like to pick up the book.
  • The Kansas City Public Library has select eBook and digital audiobook editions (compatible with several eReaders and tablets, including Nook eReaders, Sony eReaders, Amazon Kindles, and iPads) available for free download. Visit our Digital Branch for more details.
  • For additional reading recommendations, the Library offers two online databases: NoveList, which offers genre-specific reading lists as well as read-alike suggestions based on your favorite author; and Booklist Online, which reviews and recommends fiction and nonfiction alike. Visit to access these resources.