Summer Reading Program - 2023

All Together Now!

CSLP-Children-PosterCome to the library to register for the Summer Reading Program and to pick up reading charts to earn free books, ice cream, and treats.

Scroll down to learn about summer programs, art classes, games, reading challenges, and Storytimes. 

(Please note locations.)


Summer Reading Program Kick-off 
Wed May 31 & Sat June 3
Pet the goats & pick up your reading charts to earn free books, ice cream, and treats. Get a Bingo card, too!
Location: Library Parking Lot

Wed June 14
See a fire engine, an ambulance, and lots of huge city vehicles. Perfect for kids who love trucks and machinery.
Location: Library Parking Lot

Wed June 21
10am & 11am 
See animals & reptiles with Zoo Man, Brent Mielke from Minnesota. Great for animal lovers!
Location: Corn Palace Plaza

The Noise Guy 
Wed June 28
10:30am & 6pm  
Laugh and learn with the Noise Guy, Charlie Williams. 
Location: Corn Palace Plaza

Prehistoric Indian Village 
Wed July 5
Learn how people lived all together a long time ago in the Mitchell area. Great opportunity for anyone interested in archeology.
Location: Prehistoric Indian Village
3200 Indian Village Rd., Mitchell SD

Hector Curriel, Cartoonist
Wed July 12
10:30am & 2pm  
Learn cartooning from graphic novel author and illustrator, Hector Curriel. If you like graphic novels, this workshop is for you! Location: Library Community Room

Lakota Hoop Dancer, Starr Chief Eagle 
Tues July 18
10:30am & 6:30pm  
Experience Lakota culture with hoop dancer, Starr Chief Eagle. Don't miss this amazing performer! (Note: The 10:30am session is a workshop. Please call the library if you plan to attend: 605-995-8480.)
Location: Corn Palace Plaza

Art Classes

Make a Hanging Collage 
Friday, June 9
10:30am & 2pm
Make a hanging collage with art teacher, April Geist. Then, create a collaborative display.
Gr. 1 & up. Please pre-register at the library or call 605-995-8480. Classes limited to 25.
Location: Library Community Room

Create a Group Mural with 
Miss South Dakota State Fair
Friday, June 23
10:30am & 2pm
Make a group mural of your favorite book characters. Led by Laney Titze, the 2023 Miss South Dakota State Fair. 
Gr. 1 & up. Please pre-register at the library or call 605-995-8480. Classes limited to 25.
Location: Library Community Room.

Learn Cartooning with Hector Curriel
Tues July 12
10:30am & 2pm
Learn cartooning from graphic novelist Hector Curriel from Sioux Falls. Curriel is also an author, illustrator, and artist.
Best for Gr. 1 & up.
Location: Library Community Room

Friday,  July 7
10:30am & 2pm
Friday, July 21 - 10:30am only
Here's your chance to create whatever you want! A wide variety of blocks, Legos, boxes, and art supplies will be available. 
All ages.
Location: Library Community Room


Library Bingo
Pick up a new Bingo card each week at the library. When you complete a row of challenges, you win a small prize! Do all 8 Bingo cards & receive a free prize book.

Giant Puzzle Jar  
How many puzzle pieces are in the jar on the library's counter? Each time you come to the library, write your guess. Whoever has the closest guess at the end of summer will win a small prize. 

Stump the Librarian  
Write 3 clues about a book you've read. If the librarian can't guess the exact title, you win a small prize. The "Stump" sheets are available at the library. 

Reading Challenges 

 Ask for a chart at the library. When you reach each level, come to the library for a signature from a librarian. Then, go to the local business to receive a treat.   
THANK YOU to Main St. Mercantile, County Fair Food&Fuel, Coborn's, Dairy Queen, Culver's, Cornerstone Too, and Zesto!

Ask for a sticker chart at the library. Then, place a sticker on your chart for each day you read (or listen) for at least 20 minutes. (Limit: One sticker per day.)

      50 stickers = 2 free prize books
      25 stickers = 1 free prize book


Come to Storytime for stories, songs, crafts, and fun! Preschoolers, toddlers, infants, and older children are welcome with parent or caregiver.

Thursday Storytime
10:30am & 11:30am
June 1 & 8
July 6, 13, 20, 27
Library Community Room

Outdoor Thursday Storytime 
10:30am & 11:30am
June 15, 22, & 29
Hitchcock Park - Shelter between tennis courts

Saturday Storytime (Stories in English & Spanish)
June 15, July 1, 15, 29
Library Community Room