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 2020 summer reading theme is “Imagine Your Story.” The program begins on June 8 and ends on August 6.

Instead of reading for small prizes, we will be handing out mid-summer participation prizes and end of summer participation prizes the weeks of July 6-11 and August 3-6.  During those weeks, participants can bring their drawing slips in to the library to put in the grand prize bin of their choice.



What’s NEW this year?

Beanstack is an online app that individuals can use to track their reading, minutes, and activities!  It is very user-friendly and easy to sign up for challenges and earn tickets toward the grand prize drawings.  This year we are encouraging families and individuals to download this app on their phone or computer as we continue to find ways to be paperless and stop the spread of germs during Covid-19.


Planning your summer activities?

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


Programs and Performers:

Due to Covid-19, we are unsure whether or not we will be allowed to hold any programs in our actual library building.  That is why, for the time being, we are planning on having all programs virtually through either Facebook live or a pre-recorded program.  These will be posted at the same time as indicated on the schedule.  If we are able to open our doors and hold these in person we will be sure to let you know!  This year we are excited to post a show by Magician Jeff Quinn and also musician Mr. Stinky Feet, as well as many of our usuals including Lisa Laird and her Pockets Full of Fun as well as the Sioux County Conservation Naturalist!


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 entries in the grand prize drawing. – See all events for 0-4 year olds here.

4 year olds-4th grade – Join the reading program and attend the fun programs available virtually this summer! Kids will track the number of minutes they read (or someone reads to them) to earn 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! Join us for activities ranging from Read It and Eat Book Club to Virtual Craft Day and Baking club.  – See all teen events here.

Adults – Summer Reading isn’t just for kids and teens. We also have a reading challenge for adults! Events will be held virtually this summer and include crafting, food programs, and other fun activities.  – See all adult events here.


What else should I know?

Book Clubs

Story Hours

Summer Splash-TK-8th graders, sign up for a 6 week session of Summer SPLASH! We’ll have literacy and STEM activities, recommended books, games, literature discussions and more. We have waived the cost this year due to the circumstances.  However, registration is required and begins on May 15. Space is limited so sign up soon.

Lego ClubsDuring the summer there will be Lego Clubs for students who just completed 1st-8th grade. Registration is required and begins on May 15. Family Lego nights do not require registration and are open to people of all ages.

Spanish for Kids: A Virtual Trip to Latin America for 3rd-5th graders – your chance to learn a little about various Latin American cultures and a few helpful Spanish phrases through fun activities!

Spanish Conversation for 9th graders- adults- your chance to practice speaking Spanish in an informal, conversational setting.

Walk to Mordor:  Download the Walk to Mordor Fitness Challenge and see if you can walk the 1784 miles that Frodo and Sam walked to Mordor. Choose a team, register at the library and follow the rules provided.

Baking BINGO: Running out of things to do at home? Join our Quarantine Baking Bingo! Open to all ages – complete Bingos to earn entries to win a prize! Families are encouraged to bake together! The Quarantine Baking Bingo runs from May 22-June 30. See the log or flier for more details!

How can I help?

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 6.

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