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Join SD Library Summer Reading programs to help South Dakota reach our goal of 100,000 summer readers for 2021!

How to Participate!

Join your local library and attend summer reading events! Your presence counts towards our goal of 100,000 participants for 2021. Bring your family and friends too! Attend in-person, outdoor, take home or virtual programming towards our continued goal of 100,000 participants.

Take a book selfie of yourself and share on social media with #SDSummerReading2021! Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube!


South Dakota! Let's get 100,000 participating in summer reading 2021!

This year the South Dakota State Library again challenges libraries to reach 100,000 active participants! Grow your library's participation numbers and help us reach our goal by following the steps below!

Share the goal by using #SDSummerReading2021 and promoting with flyers, local media and on social media.

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

Online reading program management application for SD Libraries.

South Dakota Discovery Center: Upcoming Classes and Events

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+)

NOTE ON HOW TO COUNT: Count everyone who attends an event or activity every time they attend.

Count all attendees at a program under the targeted age group of the program. Example: Adults who attend Pre-K programs are counted in Early Literacy attendance.

IN-PERSON programs: Count both in-library and off-site programs that are sponsored by the library.

LIVE VIRTUAL programs: Programs that are conducted via web conferencing or webinar platform such as Facebook, YouTube, Zoom, during which a staff member (or other party sponsored by the library) is presenting to or interacting with an audience in real time.

RECORDED programs: 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.

PASSIVE ACTIVITY programs: Activities prepared by library staff that could be delivered to participants without expectation of staff interaction to complete the activity. Examples include: Take & make craft bags, story walks, social media challenges.

Statistics should be submitted online through your public or school library's annual report portal at sd.countingopinions.com . Sign in using your library's annual report account credentials. Select the Summer Reading Program Survey from the Collection menu. Questions please contact Laura Kelly .

Survey deadline: August 27, 2021.

Plan a 100,000 celebration!

Children and Youth Services Coordinator

Laura Kelly

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