Summer Reading Program

Every summer the library offers a summer reading program for people of all ages to encourage them to read, explore new authors and genres, and find out about the many different types of materials the library offers. The summer reading program is also a great way to encourage kids to keep reading during the summer when they aren’t going to school. We offer incentives and fun activities and programs to keep them engaged in reading.

The 2018 summer reading theme is “Libraries Rock!” The program begins on June 4 and ends on August 9.


Planning your summer activities?

Check out our Summer Reading Guide for fun activities for the whole family.



Who can participate?

Family (0-3 year olds) – The summer reading program is for little ones too. Parents and kids can complete activities together to earn prizes and entries in the grand prize drawing. – See all kids events here.

4 year olds-4th grade – Join the reading program and attend the fun programs and events. Kids will track the number of minutes they read (or someone reads to them) to earn prizes and entries in the grand prize drawing. – See all kids events here.

5th-12th grade – You won’t want to miss this year’s reading challenge because we have some awesome prizes  just for teens! NEW this year is your chance to work with Makey Makeys, green screens, and learn how to program in Java! Not to mention our regular craft days, summer splash, and lego club.  – See all teen events here.

Adults – Summer Reading isn’t just for kids and teens. We also have a reading challenge with prizes for adults! Events include Celtic Guitar, Friday Nights at the Movies, a Craft Series, Book Clubs, Food Preservation 101, more!  – See all adult events here.


What’s NEW this year?

  • STEM Club for 5th-12th graders – because green screens and makey makeys are just fun!
  • Spanish Camp for 3rd-5th graders – your chance to learn a little Spanish through fun activities!
  • Basic Java Programming Classes for 5th-8th graders – summer is a great time to build some programming skills!
  • Sioux Center Has Talent for 4th-12th graders – but everyone is invited to see our local talent perform!
  • Leemos en español for 3rd-6th graders – a chance for Spanish speaking kids to learn/improve their Spanish reading skills!
  • Friday Nights at the Movies for Adults – a free movie and popcorn and excuse to spend the night away from home with a friend!
  • Various Special Events: Pants Optional author Carol Steingreaber, Robot Dance Party, Drum Safari, Food Preservation 101, Dulcimer Guy, Celtic Guitarist, and more!


What else should I know?

Book Clubs

Story Hours

Summer Splash-TK-8th graders, sign up for a 5 week session of Summer SPLASH! We’ll have literacy activities, recommended books, games, literature discussions and more. Cost is $5 for all 5 weeks. Registration is required and begins on May 15. Space is limited so sign up soon.

Lego ClubsDuring the summer there will be Lego Clubs on Tuesday mornings for students who just completed 2-6th grade. Registration is required and begins on May 15. Family lego nights (2nd Tuesday) do not require registration and are open to people of all ages.


How can I help?

Volunteer Opportunities

  • We are in need of students to sign children up for the reading program, help children get prizes when they turn in their minutes, and more! Students who completed 5th grade or higher are invited to submit an application to be a volunteer. They will need to attend one of the two trainings.
  • We are also in need of adult volunteers to help in various ways, including reading with children one-on-one during the summer.

Support the libraryWe are always in need of donations to help provide fun, educational opportunities for our community.


When does the reading program end?

The last day to turn in your reading logs and receive prizes/entries into the grand prize drawings is August 9.

View all the summer reading program performers and events on this calendar!