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Summer Reading in the Black Hills

Prevent the summer slide and keep your kids motivated to read all summer long by participating in a Summer Reading Program! With tons of fun activities, events, and prizes to be won, participating in a summer reading program is a great way to encourage young kiddos to gain and improve reading skills throughout the summer. Check out the following resources to learn more about reading programs that are being hosted by libraries throughout the Black Hills this summer.

Learn more on the RCPL Website:

Rapid City Kids Summer Reading Program

Starts on June 2nd.

How to Participate:

Reading Logs & Prize Entry

  • Pick up a reading log at the library or print one from home.
  • Have your child read or read to them at least 15 minutes per day.
  • Children can color in or place a sticker on the log for each day they read.
  • After 25 days of reading, bring the completed log back to the library for a book and a prize!
  • Pick up a second reading log, read for 25 more days, and return the completed log for another book and prize!
  • Kids who complete 50 days of reading will be entered into the grand prize drawing!

Grand Prize winners will be contacted after August 31.

Learn more on the Sturgis Public Library Blog:

Sturgis Summer Reading Program for all ages 0-100+

June 2 – July 27

How to Participate:

1. Track your reading on the READsquared app. Sign up at:

2. Join the Sturgis Public Library Summer Reading Facebook Group (note: limited to SPL patrons only).

All updates, programs, and events for this year’s SRP will be posted to this group, as well as on the library’s blog at:

Learn more on the SDSL Website:

SD Accessible Youth Summer Reading Program

June – July

How to Participate:

Open to all registered library patrons ages birth to 19, Participants are asked to read at least 20 minutes every day for eight weeks during June and July.

A reading chart is sent to each participant. To be eligible for the grand prize, just mark the chart for each day you read at least 20 minutes and return the completed chart to SD ALS at the beginning of August.

Senior High students can also participate in the Adult Summer Reading Challenges.

Learn more at:

Learn more on the Custer County Library Website:

Custer Summer Reading Program

Coming Soon!

How to Participate:

Custer County Library is thrilled to kick off the summer season with a burst of excitement as they unveil their much-anticipated theme for the 2024 Summer Reading Program: “Adventure Begins at Your Library.” Throughout the summer months, Custer County Library will be offering a range of engaging events, activities, and reading challenges designed to spark your imagination, challenge your perceptions, and encourage you to explore the world around you. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

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