FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Mary Stadick Smith, South Dakota Department of Education, 1-605-773-7228 , or
Ruth Raveling, South Dakota Department of Education, 1-605-773-2593 ,

State Library aims for 100,000 summer reading program participants as programs move online

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota State Library encourages South Dakotans of all ages to join their local library's summer reading program, with a goal of reaching 100,000 participants this summer.

Ask your local librarian if your local library is using READsquared, online reading program software, which the State Library has made available to South Dakota's public libraries. The software allows librarians to manage summer reading programs online. Library users will be able to register for library programs and track reading goals through an app that can be used on mobile devices.

Join your local library and attend summer reading events virtually. Take a book selfie and share on social media with #SDSummerReading2020. The State Library is on Twitter , Facebook , and Instagram .

Librarians will also be able to adapt the software for library programs throughout the remainder of the year.

Funding for READsquared is made possible by the federal CARES Act through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the South Dakota State Library.