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Kid's Summer Reading

2024 Summer Reading starts on June 2.

First day to turn in the 25-day log is June 27.

First day to turn in the 50-day log is July 22.

Last day to turn in reading logs for a chance to win a grand prize is August 15.

Last day to turn in reading logs for a small prizes 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 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 the grand prize drawing!

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, Jun 25, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Smokey Bear and Rangers from the Black Hills National Forest share a special story time that teaches children about fire and outdoor safety. You'll also get a chance to take photos with Smokey Bear!

Tue, Jun 25, 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, Jun 25, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Learn about chemistry and create a tasty treat!

Thu, Jun 27, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join us for a story time specially curated for children ages birth to 3 and their families. Bring your little ones for an exciting experience filled with stories, movement, and fun!

Thu, Jun 27, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Youth Services
Adventure is out there and so are some wildly interesting birds! The Black Hills Raptor Center will be joining us to discuss the birds of prey that live in the area.

Fri, Jun 28, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Create your favorite camp crafts and take them home with you!

Sat, Jun 29, 10:30am - 11:30am
Community Room
Fishing is a popular recreational activity throughout the Black Hills. But do you know which species live in our lakes and streams and how they impact on another?

Sun, Jun 30, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Community Room
Man has a new best friend in this heartwarming portrait of nine men whose lives have been forever changed by their proud love of cats.

Mon, Jul 01, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Community Room
Create stamps that you can use to make beautiful artwork!

Tue, Jul 02, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
The Rapid City Fire Department joins the library for a special storytime that teaches fire and life safety skills to children!

Tue, Jul 02, 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, Jul 02, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Create your own build or try your hand at the Librarian's Challenge for a prize!

Fri, Jul 05, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Explore your favorite stories with a fairytale sensory play!

Fri, Jul 05, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Youth Services
Children can practice their literacy skills while reading with a certified therapy dog!

Mon, Jul 08, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Community Room
Create a stunning night sky in a jar!

Tue, Jul 09, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join the Rush Hockey team coaches and staff for a special hockey storytime for children!

Tue, Jul 09, 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, Jul 09, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Create a gooey chemical reaction!

Wed, Jul 10, 10:30am - 11:30am
Community Room
Little artists can explore design and free paint at today's session!

Thu, Jul 11, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join us for a story time specially curated for children ages birth to 3 and their families. Bring your little ones for an exciting experience filled with stories, movement, and fun!

Fri, Jul 12, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Bring classic fairy tales to life with crafts and activities!

Sat, Jul 13, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Youth Services
Magician Cody Landstrom joins the library for an afternoon sure to wow all ages! He'll perform tricks, show off the magic of reading, and will have lots of other surprises planned!

Mon, Jul 15, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Community Room
Make your own bubble wands and solution, plus try out our giant bubble wands!

Tue, Jul 16, 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, Jul 16, 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, Jul 16, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Can you build a functional mini boat out of the materials provided?

Thu, Jul 18, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join us for a story time specially curated for children ages birth to 3 and their families. Bring your little ones for an exciting experience filled with stories, movement, and fun!

Thu, Jul 18, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Youth Services
Markie Scholz returns with all-new puppets and a new story that will enchant the entire family! Dragons, adventure, and laughter await!

Fri, Jul 19, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Explore your favorite stories like The Three Little Pigs, Rapunzel, and more!

Fri, Jul 19, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Youth Services
Children can practice their literacy skills while reading with a certified therapy dog!

Mon, Jul 22, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Community Room
Design and engineer a maze!

Tue, Jul 23, 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, Jul 23, 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, Jul 23, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Build and test a launcher that can send Q-tips flying!

Thu, Jul 25, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join us for a story time specially curated for children ages birth to 3 and their families. Bring your little ones for an exciting experience filled with stories, movement, and fun!

Fri, Jul 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Celebrate the end of the summer with an ice cream party!

Sat, Jul 27, 10:30am - 11:30am
Community Room
Become a wildlife detective and learn about different animal furs and tracks!

Sat, Jul 27, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Community Room
Local artist Dick Termes will lead a 3D drawing workshop designed especially for kids! Register to attend starting on July 1 at 9 a.m.
Registration opens Monday, July 1 2024 at 9:00am

Sun, Jul 28, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Community Room
In 1977, NASA struggled to recruit scientists, engineers and astronauts for their new Space Shuttle Program. That's when Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek's Lt. Uhura, challenged NASA and changed history.

Mon, Jul 29, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Community Room
Create a mosaic to take home and display!

Tue, Jul 30, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Smokey Bear and rangers from the Black Hills National Forest share a special storytime to teach children about fire and outdoor safety!

Tue, Jul 30, 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, Jul 30, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Make a tasty treat while learning about chemistry and physics!

Thu, Aug 01, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join us for a story time specially curated for children ages birth to 3 and their families. Bring your little ones for an exciting experience filled with stories, movement, and fun!

Thu, Aug 01, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Little ones are invited to join us every Thursday as we explore different monthly themes through sensory play, STEM-focused activities, and stories! Tailored to children between the ages of 3-6.

Fri, Aug 02, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Youth Services
Children can practice their literacy skills while reading with a certified therapy dog!

Tue, Aug 06, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
The Rapid City Fire Department joins the library for a special storytime that teaches fire and life safety skills to children!

Tue, Aug 06, 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, Aug 06, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Curiosity Club provides a new theme every week designed to challenge and grow children's imaginations. Designed for ages 5-11.

Wed, Aug 07, 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, Aug 08, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join us for a story time specially curated for children ages birth to 3 and their families. Bring your little ones for an exciting experience filled with stories, movement, and fun!

Thu, Aug 08, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Little ones are invited to join us every Thursday as we explore different monthly themes through sensory play, STEM-focused activities, and stories! Tailored to children between the ages of 3-6.

Tue, Aug 13, 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, Aug 13, 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, Aug 13, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Curiosity Club provides a new theme every week designed to challenge and grow children's imaginations. Designed for ages 5-11.

Thu, Aug 15, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join us for a story time specially curated for children ages birth to 3 and their families. Bring your little ones for an exciting experience filled with stories, movement, and fun!

Thu, Aug 15, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Little ones are invited to join us every Thursday as we explore different monthly themes through sensory play, STEM-focused activities, and stories! Tailored to children between the ages of 3-6.

Fri, Aug 16, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Youth Services
Children can practice their literacy skills while reading with a certified therapy dog!

Tue, Aug 20, 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, Aug 20, 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, Aug 20, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Curiosity Club provides a new theme every week designed to challenge and grow children's imaginations. Designed for ages 5-11.

Thu, Aug 22, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join us for a story time specially curated for children ages birth to 3 and their families. Bring your little ones for an exciting experience filled with stories, movement, and fun!

Thu, Aug 22, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Little ones are invited to join us every Thursday as we explore different monthly themes through sensory play, STEM-focused activities, and stories! Tailored to children between the ages of 3-6.

Sat, Aug 24, 10:30am - 11:30am
Community Room
We have many reptiles living here in the black hills. Learn about why reptiles are so important and how they live in their native ecosystems.

Sun, Aug 25, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Community Room
Join us for a documentary and refreshments provided by The Friends of the Library!

Tue, Aug 27, 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, Aug 27, 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, Aug 27, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Curiosity Club provides a new theme every week designed to challenge and grow children's imaginations. Designed for ages 5-11.

Thu, Aug 29, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join us for a story time specially curated for children ages birth to 3 and their families. Bring your little ones for an exciting experience filled with stories, movement, and fun!

Thu, Aug 29, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Little ones are invited to join us every Thursday as we explore different monthly themes through sensory play, STEM-focused activities, and stories! Tailored to children between the ages of 3-6.

Tue, Sep 03, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
The Rapid City Fire Department joins the library for a special storytime that teaches fire and life safety skills to children!

Tue, Sep 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, Sep 03, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Curiosity Club provides a new theme every week designed to challenge and grow children's imaginations. Designed for ages 5-11.

Wed, Sep 04, 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, Sep 05, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join us for a story time specially curated for children ages birth to 3 and their families. Bring your little ones for an exciting experience filled with stories, movement, and fun!

Thu, Sep 05, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Little ones are invited to join us every Thursday as we explore different monthly themes through sensory play, STEM-focused activities, and stories! Tailored to children between the ages of 3-6.

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

Tue, Sep 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, Sep 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, Sep 10, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Curiosity Club provides a new theme every week designed to challenge and grow children's imaginations. Designed for ages 5-11.

Thu, Sep 12, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join us for a story time specially curated for children ages birth to 3 and their families. Bring your little ones for an exciting experience filled with stories, movement, and fun!

Thu, Sep 12, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Little ones are invited to join us every Thursday as we explore different monthly themes through sensory play, STEM-focused activities, and stories! Tailored to children between the ages of 3-6.

Tue, Sep 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, Sep 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, Sep 17, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room
Curiosity Club provides a new theme every week designed to challenge and grow children's imaginations. Designed for ages 5-11.

Thu, Sep 19, 9:30am - 10:00am
Community Room
Join us for a story time specially curated for children ages birth to 3 and their families. Bring your little ones for an exciting experience filled with stories, movement, and fun!

Thu, Sep 19, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room
Little ones are invited to join us every Thursday as we explore different monthly themes through sensory play, STEM-focused activities, and stories! Tailored to children between the ages of 3-6.

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