Join NYPL and the National Book Foundation’s Summer Reading Adventure for a Chance to Win Prizes!

By NYPL Staff
May 29, 2024
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This summer, The New York Public Library is partnering with the National Book Foundation (NBF) to offer adult readers the chance to participate in a special Summer Reading Adventure. 

How To Get Involved

  1. Visit a participating branch to pick up a Summer Reading Adventure activity card, download one in Englishespañol (Spanish), or 中文 (Chinese), or visit to fill out your Summer Reading Adventure card online.
  2. Check off the activities on the card as you complete them. You must complete at least one activity to qualify for a National Book Foundation tote bag, available at participating branches (see below) while supplies last. You'll also receive discount codes for and and be entered to win books, hats, ice cream, reusable water bottles, and more!
  3. Complete all the activities on the card to be entered into a drawing to win the grand prize: airfare, hotel, and two tickets to the 75th National Book Awards Ceremony in NYC on Wednesday, November 20, 2024!
  4. Once you have filled out the card in full, including your contact details, return it to one of the participating branches below or mail it to: National Book Foundation, 90 Broad Street, Suite 604, New York, NY 10004. Alternatively, visit to complete the form online. All Summer Reading Adventures must be submitted online or postmarked by August 31, 2024, to be eligible for prizes.

Please Note: For the grand prize, participants must complete all activities, answer the bonus question, and be 18 years or older. Prize drawings are administered by the National Book Foundation; check out the National Book Foundation website for any prize-related questions. 

Summer Reading Adventure cards and tote bag prizes are available at the branches listed below while supplies last. Limit one card and one tote bag per person.

The Bronx


Staten Island

Looking for Inspiration for Your Summer Reading Adventure?

Look no further! NYPL has many free programs, resources, and opportunities to help you check off the activities on your Summer Reading Adventure card. Don't have a library card yet? Get one today!

Summer at the Library
  • Explore Summer at the Library. Discover free programs for kids and teens, events and activities for adults, reading recommendations, exhibitions, and much more. Plus, use your library card to book free passes at 90+ museums, gardens, and more across NYC. 
Listen to an Audiobook
Reread a Favorite Childhood Book
Book-to-Screen Adaptations
Connect with Fellow Book Lovers
Ask for a Recommendation
Attend a Literary Event—Virtual or In-Person
Read a Book in a Genre That's New to You
Interview with a Living Writer

Tune into an episode of Library Talks, featuring recorded conversations by your favorite writers—and discover new authors to enjoy!

Pilgrimage to a Literary Site


Good luck and bon voyage on your Summer Reading Adventure!