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Join SD Library Summer Reading programs to help South Dakota reach our goal of 100K summer readers for 2020!

How to Participate!

Join your local library and attend summer reading events! Your presence counts towards our goal of 100,000 participants for 2020. Bring your family and friends too!

Take a book selfie of yourself and share on social media with #SDSummerReading2020! Join us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!


South Dakota! Let's get 100,000 participating in summer reading 2020!

This year the South Dakota State Library challenges libraries to reach 100,000 participants! The past few years the summer reading participation number have been close to 100,000 but we have not yet reached this milestone. Grow your library's participation numbers and help us reach our goal by following the steps below!

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Encourage your patrons to attend multiple events and activities because every time a person attends they are counted.

A program is an planned event which introduces the group attending to any of the broad range of library services or activities or which directly provides information to participants.

Count all programs, whether held on- or off-site, that are sponsored or co-sponsored by the library.

Live In-Person Programs: Count each event in a series as a program. For example, a book club that meets eight times = eight programs.

Live programs presented online: Count each time you host a live virtual program.

Announcing: READsquared!
Online reading program management application for SD Libraries.

Recorded programs: Did you record a program to post online? Keep separate track of the number of programs you post on platforms like Facebook and YouTube.

Count passive programs separately.

Alternative Summer Reading Programming for 2020

South Dakota Discovery Center: Remote Resources

South Dakota Discovery Center: Virtual Field Trip

Live In-Person Programs: Count everyone who attends an event in the summer of 2020.

  • Early Literacy (Birth to Pre-K)
  • Children (Kindergarten to age 11)
  • Teen (12 to 18)
  • Adult (19+)

Count every attendee every time they attend. Example: Adults who attend Pre-K programs are counted in the Early Literacy attendance.

Live programs presented online: Do your best to count the same way as in-person programs.

Recorded programs: If you posted programs to online platforms like Facebook & YouTube, keep separate track of the number of views. We will have a separate place to report this kind of engagement.

Report your numbers by completing the Summer Reading Survey

Plan a 100,000 celebration!

Children and Youth Services Coordinator

Laura Kelly

1-605-773-3131 (Option 5, 1)