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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!

Share the goal by advertising with flyers, local media and social media.

See Marketing Kits full of downloads, inspiration and images to share!

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

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

Alternative Summer Reading Programming for 2020

South Dakota Discovery Center: Remote Resources

South Dakota Discovery Center: Virtual Field Trip

Count every attendee every time they attend.


  • a book club that meets eight times = eight programs.
  • Adults who attend Pre-K programs are counted in the Early Literacy attendance.

Count all programs, whether held on- or off-site, that are sponsored or co-sponsored by the library. Count all attendees at a program under the targeted age group of the program. Count each event in a series as a program.

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

Live In-Person Programs: 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.

Live Virtual Programs: Do your best to count the same way as in-person programs. Live, virtual programs are conducted via a Web conferencing or Webinar platform such as Facebook, YouTube, or Zoom, during which a library staff member (or other party sponsored by the library) is presenting to or interacting with an audience in real-time.

Recorded Virtual Programs: Recorded content includes video or audio recordings created by a library staff person (or other party sponsored by the library) and posted to a video or audio hosting platform for the audience to view or listen to on-demand. Do not include promotional of marketing content.

Remote Activities: Due to social distancing limitations, libraries plan activities that engage families outside of the library. For example, a take-home packet which could include a scavenger hunt, story walks and more. Track how many people participate in these activities hosted by the library that are completed outside of the library.

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)