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Kid's Summer Reading

2023 Summer Reading starts on June 4.

First day to turn in the 25-day log is June 29.

First day to turn in the 50-day log is July 24.

Last day to turn in reading logs to be entered in a drawing for bigger prizes is August 31.

Last day to turn in reading logs for a small prize and book is August 31.

Reading Logs & Prize Entry

  1. Pick up a reading log at the library or print one from home.
  2. Have your child read or read to them at least 15 minutes per day.
  3. Children can color in or place a sticker on the log for each day they read.
  4. After 25 days of reading, bring the completed log back to the downtown or pop-up library for a book and a prize!
  5. Pick up a second reading log, read for 25 more days, and return the completed log for another book and prize!
  6. Kids who complete 50 days of reading will be entered into a drawing for bigger prizes!

Grand Prize winners will be contacted after August 31. Let's get reading!

Log your reading progress with

Click the logo above to visit our Beanstack page, create a profile and start earning prizes!

EVENTS FOR KIDS
Tue, Sep 26, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join in on the fun and listen to popular stories and songs with one of our library storytellers! Designed for preschoolers, but all are welcome!

Tue, Sep 26, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Get ready to shake, we're making butter at this week's Curiosity Club!

Wed, Sep 27, 10:30am - 11:30am
Community Room
This month at Little Artists, we will be creating beautiful fall tree pictures!

Thu, Sep 28, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Bring your little ones for a fun-filled story time led by one of our library storytellers. Designed for ages birth- 3 and families, but all are welcome!

Thu, Sep 28, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Explore fall's most famous vegetable this week with fun pumpkin-themed activities!

Tue, Oct 03, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join in on the fun and listen to popular stories and songs with one of our library storytellers! Designed for preschoolers, but all are welcome!

Tue, Oct 03, 10:15am - 11:00am
Community Room
4-H Youth Program Advisor Jane Amiotte shares stories that connect children to nature, followed by a craft.

Tue, Oct 03, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Engineer your own masterpiece, or try to build the Librarian's Challenge!

Thu, Oct 05, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Bring your little ones for a fun-filled story time led by one of our library storytellers. Designed for ages birth- 3 and families, but all are welcome!

Thu, Oct 05, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Let's get spooky with a fun Halloween-themed sensory play!

Fri, Oct 06, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Youth Services
Children can practice their literacy skills while reading with a certified therapy dog!

Tue, Oct 10, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join in on the fun and listen to popular stories and songs with one of our library storytellers! Designed for preschoolers, but all are welcome!

Tue, Oct 10, 10:15am - 11:00am
Community Room
4-H Youth Program Advisor Jane Amiotte shares stories that connect children to nature, followed by a craft.

Tue, Oct 10, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Learn about the upcoming solar eclipse and celebrate space with slime!

Wed, Oct 11, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Join us as we create vanishing ghosts and embark on exciting experiments. Let your imagination run wild as we discover the magic behind these disappearing specters together!

Thu, Oct 12, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Bring your little ones for a fun-filled story time led by one of our library storytellers. Designed for ages birth- 3 and families, but all are welcome!

Thu, Oct 12, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Join us for a ghoulishly good time with fun ghost theme activities!

Thu, Oct 12, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Community Room
Journalist, Miss South Dakota, and now published author - Miranda O'Bryan joins the Rapid City Public Library for a reading of her recently released children's book, Jericho the Journalism Kitty!

Sun, Oct 15, All day
Drop off your spooky story-themed painted pumpkin at the library between October 15th and 29th for a chance to win a gift card to a local business! Winners will be chosen on Halloween!

Tue, Oct 17, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join in on the fun and listen to popular stories and songs with one of our library storytellers! Designed for preschoolers, but all are welcome!

Tue, Oct 17, 10:15am - 11:00am
Community Room
4-H Youth Program Advisor Jane Amiotte shares stories that connect children to nature, followed by a craft.

Tue, Oct 17, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Create a ghost that really floats!

Thu, Oct 19, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Bring your little ones for a fun-filled story time led by one of our library storytellers. Designed for ages birth- 3 and families, but all are welcome!

Thu, Oct 19, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
This week we will be getting magical with awesome witch-themed activities!

Fri, Oct 20, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Youth Services
Children can practice their literacy skills while reading with a certified therapy dog!

Tue, Oct 24, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join in on the fun and listen to popular stories and songs with one of our library storytellers! Designed for preschoolers, but all are welcome!

Tue, Oct 24, 10:15am - 11:00am
Community Room
4-H Youth Program Advisor Jane Amiotte shares stories that connect children to nature, followed by a craft.

Tue, Oct 24, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Learn about bones and tendons while you make your own moving skeleton hand!

Wed, Oct 25, 10:30am - 11:30am
Community Room
This month at Little Artists, we will be painting with fizzy paint and learning about chemistry!

Thu, Oct 26, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Bring your little ones for a fun-filled story time led by one of our library storytellers. Designed for ages birth- 3 and families, but all are welcome!

Thu, Oct 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Have the slime of your life this week as we create our own slime monsters!

Sun, Oct 29, All day
Drop off your spooky story-themed painted pumpkin at the library between October 15th and 29th for a chance to win a gift card to a local business! Winners will be chosen on Halloween!

Tue, Oct 31, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Put on your costume and join us for an extraordinary Halloween Story Time, where we'll delve into silly, spooky stories! Afterward, visit the library help desks for some exciting trick-or-treat fun!

Tue, Oct 31, 10:15am - 11:00am
Community Room
4-H Youth Program Advisor Jane Amiotte shares stories that connect children to nature, followed by a craft.

Tue, Oct 31, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Carve pumpkins and munch on pumpkin seeds to celebrate Halloween! Parents are required to be present for this activity.

Thu, Nov 02, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Bring your little ones for a fun-filled story time led by one of our library storytellers. Designed for ages birth- 3 and families, but all are welcome!

Thu, Nov 02, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Ages 0-5 can explore early concepts of STEM, following a different theme each month and a new activity each week!

Fri, Nov 03, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Youth Services
Children can practice their literacy skills while reading with a certified therapy dog!

Tue, Nov 07, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join in on the fun and listen to popular stories and songs with one of our library storytellers! Designed for preschoolers, but all are welcome!

Tue, Nov 07, 10:15am - 11:00am
Community Room
4-H Youth Program Advisor Jane Amiotte shares stories that connect children to nature, followed by a craft.

Tue, Nov 07, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Play and learn about STEAM at Curiosity Club. Check back for more details on this week's activity!

Wed, Nov 08, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Little ones can explore, create, learn, and play at Mini Makers! Check back for more details on this month's activity.

Thu, Nov 09, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Bring your little ones for a fun-filled story time led by one of our library storytellers. Designed for ages birth- 3 and families, but all are welcome!

Thu, Nov 09, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Ages 0-5 can explore early concepts of STEM, following a different theme each month and a new activity each week!

Tue, Nov 14, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join in on the fun and listen to popular stories and songs with one of our library storytellers! Designed for preschoolers, but all are welcome!

Tue, Nov 14, 10:15am - 11:00am
Community Room
4-H Youth Program Advisor Jane Amiotte shares stories that connect children to nature, followed by a craft.

Tue, Nov 14, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Play and learn about STEAM at Curiosity Club. Check back for more details on this week's activity!

Thu, Nov 16, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Bring your little ones for a fun-filled story time led by one of our library storytellers. Designed for ages birth- 3 and families, but all are welcome!

Thu, Nov 16, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Ages 0-5 can explore early concepts of STEM, following a different theme each month and a new activity each week!

Fri, Nov 17, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Youth Services
Children can practice their literacy skills while reading with a certified therapy dog!

Tue, Nov 21, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join in on the fun and listen to popular stories and songs with one of our library storytellers! Designed for preschoolers, but all are welcome!

Tue, Nov 21, 10:15am - 11:00am
Community Room
4-H Youth Program Advisor Jane Amiotte shares stories that connect children to nature, followed by a craft.

Tue, Nov 21, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Play and learn about STEAM at Curiosity Club. Check back for more details on this week's activity!

Wed, Nov 22, 10:30am - 11:30am
Community Room
Bring your little artists in their best mess-making clothes and join us for artsy, crafty fun! Each month we will explore a different art technique or artist. Designed for ages 3-5.

Thu, Nov 23, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Ages 0-5 can explore early concepts of STEM, following a different theme each month and a new activity each week!

Tue, Nov 28, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join in on the fun and listen to popular stories and songs with one of our library storytellers! Designed for preschoolers, but all are welcome!

Tue, Nov 28, 10:15am - 11:00am
Community Room
4-H Youth Program Advisor Jane Amiotte shares stories that connect children to nature, followed by a craft.

Tue, Nov 28, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Play and learn about STEAM at Curiosity Club. Check back for more details on this week's activity!

Thu, Nov 30, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Bring your little ones for a fun-filled story time led by one of our library storytellers. Designed for ages birth- 3 and families, but all are welcome!

Thu, Nov 30, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Ages 0-5 can explore early concepts of STEM, following a different theme each month and a new activity each week!

Fri, Dec 01, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Youth Services
Children can practice their literacy skills while reading with a certified therapy dog!

Tue, Dec 05, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join in on the fun and listen to popular stories and songs with one of our library storytellers! Designed for preschoolers, but all are welcome!

Tue, Dec 05, 10:15am - 11:00am
Community Room
4-H Youth Program Advisor Jane Amiotte shares stories that connect children to nature, followed by a craft.

Tue, Dec 05, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Play and learn about STEAM at Curiosity Club. Check back for more details on this week's activity!

Thu, Dec 07, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Bring your little ones for a fun-filled story time led by one of our library storytellers. Designed for ages birth- 3 and families, but all are welcome!

Thu, Dec 07, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Ages 0-5 can explore early concepts of STEM, following a different theme each month and a new activity each week!

Tue, Dec 12, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join in on the fun and listen to popular stories and songs with one of our library storytellers! Designed for preschoolers, but all are welcome!

Tue, Dec 12, 10:15am - 11:00am
Community Room
4-H Youth Program Advisor Jane Amiotte shares stories that connect children to nature, followed by a craft.

Tue, Dec 12, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Play and learn about STEAM at Curiosity Club. Check back for more details on this week's activity!

Wed, Dec 13, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Little ones can explore, create, learn, and play at Mini Makers! Check back for more details on this month's activity.

Thu, Dec 14, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Bring your little ones for a fun-filled story time led by one of our library storytellers. Designed for ages birth- 3 and families, but all are welcome!

Thu, Dec 14, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Ages 0-5 can explore early concepts of STEM, following a different theme each month and a new activity each week!

Fri, Dec 15, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Youth Services
Children can practice their literacy skills while reading with a certified therapy dog!

Tue, Dec 19, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join in on the fun and listen to popular stories and songs with one of our library storytellers! Designed for preschoolers, but all are welcome!

Tue, Dec 19, 10:15am - 11:00am
Community Room
4-H Youth Program Advisor Jane Amiotte shares stories that connect children to nature, followed by a craft.

Tue, Dec 19, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Play and learn about STEAM at Curiosity Club. Check back for more details on this week's activity!

Thu, Dec 21, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Bring your little ones for a fun-filled story time led by one of our library storytellers. Designed for ages birth- 3 and families, but all are welcome!

Thu, Dec 21, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Ages 0-5 can explore early concepts of STEM, following a different theme each month and a new activity each week!