Adult Summer Reading 2023

All Together Now Book Genre Bingo – June 1-August 12

Adults, we have a summer reading challenge for you, too! Do you always read cozy mysteries, or is fantasy your go-to? Try new genres this summer. Just pick a Bingo card at the library, read or listen to books, and enter to win prizes.

How to Play: For readers 18 and older. Mark the corresponding box for each title you read or listen to. Use each title only once per card. Return your bingo card to the library by August 12 to receive a prize and enter the drawing for 1 of 2 raffle baskets.

BINGO: Complete a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line. Receive an ARC (advance reading copy) of your choice while supplies last, and one raffle entry for each completed line.

BLACKOUT: Complete all 25 squares! Receive 12 raffle entries and an ARC while supplies last.

Pick up your Bingo card at the library or print one here: (In English – Book Genre Bingo / En español – Bingo de libros)

Prize baskets:

Snacks, Drinks, and Summer Reads, donated by the Friends of the Adamstown Area Library.
Silk scarf, turquoise bracelet, turquoise earrings, and blue topaz/green quartz earrings, donated by deLyn Alumbaugh and Susan Hess


Need help finding something to read? We’re here to help you! Ask at the circulation desk for suggestions or check out our online resources to find that perfect book. 

Staff Picks: Browse summer reading suggestions from our staff. Each staff member listed about 10 of the best books they read this year or from all-time favorites. Applicable genres are listed.

Genre Lists: Find books at the library in any genre on your Bingo card.

Book Match: Get personalized reading suggestions from library staff. Answer a few quick questions to have a staff member select materials based on what you like to read.

Thank you for participating in our 2023 Book Genre Bingo!

Summer Events at the library for Adults:

Young At Heart – 9-11 a.m. on June 7 & 21, July 5 & 19, Aug 2 & 16. REAL Life Community Services invites you to Young at Heart, with free events for anyone age 60 and up. Join us at the library for coffee, chatting, games, crafts, and more on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month year-round. For more information, call 717-336-7797 or visit

Tech Q & A – Wednesday, June 7 from 4:30-6 p.m. Drop into the library to get one-on-one help with your devices. We can help you sign up for a Beanstack account for Summer Reading! Tech help and software training is also available other times by appointment.

Craft WorkshopJune 8, July 13, Aug 10 from 3-4:30 p.m. If you’re interested in crafting and spending time with others in a fun and relaxing atmosphere, this free workshop is for you. 2nd Thurs of month. For adults and teens. Registration is required.

Rock Garden Painting Party – Monday, June 12 at 10 a.m. at Adamstown Grove. We supply the rocks, paint, and brushes. You bring your creativity. All rocks will be added to our Kindness Rock Garden as we “Paint the Town with Kindness.” Lanc County Dept. of Parks & Rec. Please register. For all ages.   

Genealogy GroupJune 13, July 11 & August 8 from 6:30-8 p.m. This group meets at the library once a month for lively discussions, research help or short talks from genealogy researcher Ken McCrea. 2nd Tues of month.

Almost Perfect Crimes – Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Join Miss Jess as we discover together “Whodunit!” Upon registration, you will receive the Zoom link and the Mini Murder Mystery Story. Additional clues and evidence will be revealed during our meeting as we try to solve the crime together. For ages teen/adult due to some graphic content. None in July/August.

Working on the Railroads – Thursday, June 22 at 6 pm. Through unique objects, you will learn about the jobs of the Conductor, Station Agent, and Engineer. A combination of demonstration, interactive activity, historic photographs, and audio will be used during the program. Presented by the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. For adults and teens, ages 12+. Please register.

Community Gardens – Friday, June 23 at 10 a.m. at Chapel Gate Park in West Cocalico Township. Learn about the many ways that community gardens bring people together and about different gardening techniques and crops from all over the world. Participants will end with planting their own seeds to start a garden at home. Lanc County Dept. of Parks & Rec. All ages.  

Ran D’Shine: The Magic Box Show – Weds July 5 at 1:30 at Adamstown Grove. This highly entertaining and engaging show is a playful interactive relationship with the audience. He brings “Real Magic for Real People” with his combination of psychological illusions, sleight of hand, and storytelling. Fun for all ages. Please register.

Some Favorite Artifacts from the Ephrata Cloister – Thursday, July 27 at 6 p.m. This illustrated talk will feature some of Curator Kerry Mohn’s favorite historical items from Ephrata Cloister. These favorite objects include pottery, metal, textile, postcards, wood/furniture, books/paper, rye straw items and miscellaneous items. Most of the artifacts are on exhibit at the Cloister. Explore these unique items and learn how they relate to early Pennsylvania history and this German religious community. For adults and teens. Registration is requested.

Wild Edible Plants of Pennsylvania – Thursday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m. Join Debbie Naha-Koretzky, “The Wild Edibles Lady,” for a foraging adventure to discover the edible plants of our area. The program will include a slide show followed by a foraging walk. The program will cover plant identification, safety, look-alike plants, sustainable harvesting, cooking with wild plants, and nutrition. For adults and teens. Registration is requested.

Learn about Summer Reading for Kids and Teens

We hope you have a happy, safe, and healthy summer. See you at the library!

Return completed BINGO cards to the library desk to receive your free ARC and prize ticket(s). Drawing will be held August 15.