Siouxland Libraries: UNDERRATED

The logo for the Siouxland Public Libraries, with their website as well.

The logo for the Siouxland Public Libraries, with their website as well.

Daisy Larson, Staff Writer

When was the last time you visited one of the Sioux Falls’ public libraries? Most people may not even be aware that we have 13 FREE city-wide libraries that are open to the public every day of the year. Not only do these libraries house books, ranging from ages zero to 100, they also host many activities for the whole family. 

I recently visited the downtown public library in search of a book that wasn’t available at the school library. On my trip, the first and only feeling I had felt when I walked inside was a feeling of safety and comfort. Everywhere I looked, there were staff that greeted me with a smile and never hesitated to ask if I needed help. There were kids playing on the computers and teenagers sitting at the tables and studying. It was quiet but not too quiet- a perfect atmosphere for doing homework. The last time I visited a public library was around a younger age. Until now, it was a place that had never crossed my mind. Libraries are often overlooked due to the heavy dependence on technology this world has formed, and I must say that I fell for this belief. One thing I will tell you though is that libraries are still open and are still indeed needed. All you have to do is one thing: create a membership with the public libraries at no charge, check out a book and discover the endless possibilities that books can offer. Just because the school year is coming to a close does not mean the fun is over. Visit a public library near you and you may just find a book (or place) to fall in love with!

Looking for something to do this summer? Here is a list of a few activities that the libraries are hosting this summer:

MAY 16: Page Turners Book Group, 6:30-7:30pm

MAY 17: Fiction and Poetry Writers Group, 6:00-8:00pm

MAY 22: Spray Paint Chessboard Bookends, 2:00-4:00pm

JUNE 1: Top Ramen Chef, 3:00-4:00pm

JUNE 2: Brandon Book Club, 10:00-11:00am

JUNE 2: Sustainability Series, 6:00-7:30pm

JUNE 2: Eclectic Book Group, 6:00-7:30pm

JUNE 2: Young @ Heart Book Club, 7:00-8:00pm

JUNE 3: Tail Waggin’ Tutors, 3:30-3:45pm

JUNE 3: Summer Reading Kickoff Party, 6:30-8:00pm

JUNE 3 to AUGUST 12: Summer Reading Program for All Ages

For every book read (birth-5), minutes read (K-5), hours read (teens) and challenges read (adults), prizes are awarded to each age group! This is a great way to encourage your family to read this summer. 

JUNE 6: The Goonies Event, 2:00-4:00pm

JUNE 8: Jurassic Terrariums, 3:00-4:00pm

JUNE 9: BYOBook Club, 6:30-7:45pm

More events available for kids, teens and adults under ‘Upcoming Events’ at