Siouxland Summer Reading Programs

*This post was updated June 2020, and may be edited further as new events and details are released during summer 2020*
in background, leather books in many colors on a wooden bookshelf. in foreground, the words "Siouxland Summer Reading" and ""

Summer is a great time to read, and our local Siouxland libraries do a great job of supporting summer reading with fun programs for kids (and sometimes for adults!) and in 2020, are getting creative with offering a variety of options to help families keep reading while also staying healthy. Here are some of the great summer reading programs happening in and around Sioux City for summer 2020:

Sioux City Public Library

The Sioux City Public Library is offering a variety of programs for kids this summer! Here are some of the fun options:
  • Reading logs go digital: download the free Beanstalk app to participate in this summer's reading challenge! Through the app, you can log reading minutes/books and earn tickets to enter in drawings for prizes. The prizes vary by age, but some of the prizes my kids are eligible for include Duplos, Legos, a 2 person camping tent, a toy camping lantern, and an iPad mini! There are also prizes for adults--a Samsung tablet and several sets of books!
  • Summer Quest Kits: call the library to sign up for a summer quest kit full of activities and books to keep your kids reading this summer! There are quest kits tailored to a variety of ages/grades and the librarians are great at helping you figure out which kit would be best for your kid if you have one with an unusual situation or a grade/age/reading level mismatch. I picked up the kits for my kids, and it was really easy to find them labelled with our name on a library cart outside the Perry Creek Library. Just call the library at (712)255-2926 to arrange pickup! They were even kind enough to send me pictures of all the kits so you can see what they look like: 
a Create Your Own Comic Book book, Lucy and Andy Neanderthal, bubbles, and chalk from a Sioux City Public Library Summer Quest Kit
Elementary Kit with Lucy & Andy Neanderthal

Lucy and Andy Neanderthal, Flying Lessons & Other Stories, bubbles, chalk, and a Create Your Own Comic Book from a Sioux City Public Library Summer Reading kit
Tween kit with Lucy & Andy Neanderthal and Flying Lessons & Other Stories

Fresh Ink, Piper, a sharpie, some bubbles, and some blank paper from a teen summer reading kits from the Sioux City Public Library
Fresh Ink, Piper, and a sharpie in the teen kit

The Little Red Hen, the Little Red Fort, a Little Red Hen paper bag puppet craft, bubbles, and chalk from the Sioux City Public Reading summer quest kit
Cute kit for kids 1-7 with The Little Red Hen and The Little Red Fort!

Flying Lessons & Other Stories stars in the middle school kit

  • Virtual storytime: every Wednesday at 10:30am, join the librarians of the Sioux City Public Library for an online storytime designed with 2-5 year-olds in mind. 
  • Imagination Builders: Early elementary (6-8ish) year olds will love this STEAM based learning time exploring classic fairy tales! 
  • Innovation Studio: The Sioux City Public Library teamed up with Woodbury County 4-H to present this interactive STEM group for 9-13 year olds! 
  • Summer Dance Party: This fun livestreaming program featuring the music of Duke Otherwise (who delighted the audience at the Sioux City Public Library last summer!) on July 10th at 7pm 
 To sign up or get more information, visit the Sioux City Public Library's summer reading page!

South Sioux City Public Library

The South Sioux City Public Library is offering curbside pickup for books in June 2020! 

More details coming soon about the South Sioux City 2020 summer reading program.

North Sioux City Community Library

The North Sioux City Community Library is offering summer reading packets and tons of fun for all ages, birth-adult! Find out more about how to get your packets by calling the library or by visiting their Facebook page. You can find information specifically about their summer reading program in this FB post as well as on their page generally.

Sergeant Bluff Public Library

More details coming soon! For the most current information, stop into the library, or check out their Facebook page.

Sloan Public Library

More details coming soon, or visit the Sloan Public Library Facebook page.

LeMars Public Library

More information coming soon! For more details stop by the library or visit the LeMars Public Library website.

Orange City Public Library

Summer 2020 details coming soon! For more information on the Orange City Library and their summer reading program, visit them in person, check out the Orange City Public Library website, or connect with them on Facebook.

Dakota City Public Library

More details coming soon! You can also find more info on the Dakota City Public Library Facebook page.

Book People

Book People is holding a summer reading contest. To enter, kids should read 4 of 6 recommended books for their age group and fill out the Book People summer reading form. Kids who complete the challenge will receive a gift certificate they can use towards a new book from Book People! You can get more information and find the forms at Book People or on the Book People Facebook page.

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