Summer Reading Program 2023

Summer Reading 2023

All Together Now – Library Summer Reading Program, June 1st – July 31st 

Enjoy a summer of reading and library programs. Earn prizes for reading your favorites! Readers can earn points towards end of the summer prize drawings too.  Download the library’s reading app, READsquared, to participate. Mini-games, bingo, and activities all available through the library reading app. Everyone is welcome to join in the summer fun! Children, tween, teen, and adults! Fun for the whole family.

All Together Now Summer Reading Kick-off Party!
Kick-off summer reading at the K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library, Thursday, June 8th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Play carnival games, win prizes, enjoy sno-cones and cotton candy, and register your family for summer reading. Have fun in the bounce house, get your picture taken with a costume character, and have dinner from the food trucks. Fun for the entire family!

Childrens Summer Programs

Story Time – Wednesdays, 10am, June 7th – July 26th, Preschool Age
Bring your lawn chair or blanket this summer for our all together now and kindness-themed Story Time! Story Time will be held in our outdoor area or inside depending on the weather. This program focuses on preschool-age children, but all ages are welcome. No registration required and caregivers are required to attend. No program on June 28th and July 5th.

The library is bringing Story Time to you directly after meal distribution from the Salvation Army at neighborhood parks. We will be at a different park each week. The program is geared toward preschool ages, but all are welcome. Story Time In The Parks is held in partnership with K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library, Salvation Army, and Aberdeen Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department.

K-2nd Programs 

Take & Makes - 
Kids will explore diversity and teamwork-themed STEM crafts and will be available on the following dates: Tuesdays at 5:00PM and Saturdays at 12:00PM (same kit both times), June 6 and June 10, and July 11 and July 15. Kits are first-come, first-served.

  1. June 6 – Community Rocks: Paint your own rock with a special message to place around Aberdeen for others to share.
  2. July 11 – Love Bug Clips: Make your very own love bug with a special message to give to someone you love to brighten up his or her day!

In-Person Programs – 

  1. June 20 at 10:00AM – Origami and Japanese Fans – We are going to make some fun crafts and learn a little about Japanese culture.                                         
  2. July 25 at 10:00AM – Australia Dot Art Painting – We are going to do some cool art using dots only and learn a little about Australian culture.

LEGO Club – Let’s play some games, challenges and more on June 13 and June 27 and July 18 at 10:00AM.  No registration.

TWEEN (Grades 3rd-5th) Programs 

Take & Makes – Tweens will explore diversity and teamwork themed crafts and will be available on the following dates: Tuesdays at 5:00PM and Saturdays at 12:00PM (same kit both times), June 27 and July 1, and July 25 and 29th. Kits are first-come, first-served.

June 27 – Fingerprint Art: Nobody is the same and neither are fingerprints. While they may look the same, each one is unique. Make a fingerprint necklace as a reminder that you are special.

July 25 – Paper lantern: Paper lanterns are an important part of Japanese culture and festivals. Learn about it and even make your own lantern.

In-Person Programs – June 13 at 10:00AM – Capture the Flag: Two teams, only one can win. Come to the library for an epic game of capture the flag. 

                                  -- July 18 at 10:00AM – Messy Art: Art can be messy but sometimes it’s fun to make a mess. Throw caution to the wind. Make a mess, leave with a work of art. (Bring clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty).

LEGO Club -- Let’s get creative and play some games, challenges and more on June 6, June 20, July 11, and July 25 at 10:00AM. 

Coding Club (3rd-5th Grade) – Explore the wonder of coding using the popular Scratch programming language from MIT. There will be new challenges and projects each week. No prior programming experience is required, but students should be comfortable using a mouse, keyboard, and web browser. Programs on Wednesday June 7, June 21, July 12, and July 26 at 10:00 AM.  Registration is required at Due to limited space, please only register if you will be able to attend 3 of the 4 sessions. 

Teen (6th-12th) Programs 

Take & Makes -- Teens will explore diversity and teamwork themed crafts and will be available on the following dates: Tuesdays at 5:00PM and Saturdays at 12:00PM (same kit both times), June 27 and July 1, and July 25 and 29th. Kits are first-come, first-served.

  1. June 27- Chopped at home: the food network show competition, at home. Every kit will contain the same 3 ingredients and it will be your job to cook something delicious with all three. Be creative, add more ingredients, and have fun.
  2. July 25 – Dream catcher: Dream catchers are significant in Native American Culture. Learn more about it and make your own with this kit.

In-Person Program – June 7th at 4PM– Pajamas and Pancakes- Come to the library. Make sure to wear your pajamas. We will be making homemade pancakes and playing board games. 

                                      July 14 at 9PM-July 15 at 9 AM- Library Lock In- Spend the night at the Library. Food, Games, and more. Bring your own sleeping bag, pillows, etc. Registration and signed waivers are required.

Manic Mondays- Wild, fun times at the library. Teens will be doing a new wacky activities June 12, June 26, July 17, and July 31 at 5:30 PM.

Adult Summer Programs & Events
Walking Book Club (WBC)

Enjoy the outdoors while chatting about books. Participants will meet at a previously designated location at 7:00 PM, the first Wednesday of each month and walk for 20-30 minutes talking about what books they are currently or anticipating reading. Walkers will meet at a new location each month. During the last 30 minutes of book club, participants will discuss the previously selected title for that month.
WHEN: Meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM. (6/7, 7/19 due to holiday, 8/2)
AGE: 18+
LOCATION: June-Kuhnert Arboretum & Rose Garden, July-Riverside cemetery, August- Zoo Loop at Wylie

Library Book Clubs
The K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library currently offers three adult book clubs. Everyone is welcome to participate at no cost or registration. Titles to be discussed are selected by the club members 4-6 months in advance. This gives participants time to read the books before discussion dates.  All titles are available for checkout at the library. Most titles are available in a variety of formats (regular and large print, audio and ebooks, etc) but this is not a guarantee. Book club participants must be at a least 18 years old, 21 years old for Books on Tap.

  1. Coffee Klatch: A book club for adults, 18+ years. Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the Public Library at 10:00 AM.
  2. Cover to Cover: A book club for adults, 18+ years. Meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at the Public Library at 6:30 PM.
  3. Books on Tap: A book club for adults, 21+ years. Meets the 4th Thursday of every month at the One-Legged Pheasant Brewery, 723, S. Main St, Aberdeen, SD, at 6:30 PM.  

Come Write In
Join this informal writers group. This is a writing and information session for adults. Great way to ask other writers questions and share your knowledge too. Come Write In is a dedicated time and space to work on your own project. Writers of all levels, genres, and experience are welcome.
WHEN: 2ND Tuesday of every month. (6/13, 7/11, 8/8)
TIME: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
AGE: Adult

“Our Heritage in Song,” Americana Folk Concert
 Folk singer and songwriting duo, Curtis & Loretta, will perform songs Americans sang in the mid to late 1800s. These traditional musical gems highlight the married couple’s old world charm as never before.   This concert appeals to all ages! Between songs, Curtis & Loretta’s engaging stage presence shines through with stories and commentary on the history of the songs, and their importance to our ancestors and to all Americans today.
WHEN: Friday, June 16th
TIME: 6:30-7:30 PM
WHERE: K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library outdoor space
FEE: Free

Pie and Bingo!
Come to the library and play a few rounds of bingo, win prizes, and enjoy a slice of pie with friends as you listen to a guest speaker or musician from the community. This event meets the third Wednesday of every month at the library, 1:30-3:00PM. Everyone is welcome. No registration.
WHEN: Every third Wednesday of every month.
TIME: 1:30 – 3:00 PM
AGE: General Public

Wellness Fair: Parenting from Birth to College-Insights Along the Way
Join us for this free wellness fair focusing on parenting from birth to college. All sessions are free with no registration required. Food trucks available in the library parking lot for your convenience.   A collaboration between the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce and the K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library.
Session 1 Topic:  Early Childhood 11-11:35AM
Session 2 Topic: Pre-Teen to Teen 11:40AM-12:20PM
Session 3 Topic: High School to College 12:25-1PM
WHEN: Wednesday, June 28th
K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library

The Rough & Tumble Folk Concert
The Rough & Tumble are a hard-traveling, New Hampshire, folk/thriftstore Americana duo, consisting of Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler, who will have you in stitches one minute and falling apart at the seams the next. Audiences will hear a menagerie of folk and homemade instruments, close harmony singing, and hilarious stories. 
WHEN: Wednesday, June 28th
TIME: 6:30-7:30 PM
WHERE: K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library outdoor space
FEE: Free

Paint Escape
with Amy Heinz
Social artwork at its finest! Everyone starts with an art design and after an hour of laughter and fun, everyone leaves with art they created. Summer-inspired refreshments will be provided.   Local artist extraordinaire Amy Heinz will guide you to creating your work of art. Tickets in person at Information Desk beginning June 20th.
WHEN: Thursday, July 13th
TIME: 6:00 PM
WHERE: K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library
FEE: $15 per ticket paid by July 8th. Limited number of tickets. First come, first served.

Country Schools: Past and Present
Betsey DeLoache describes her research as a city-slicker learning firsthand what defines country schools, as described by students and/or teachers she interviewed. She also discusses her personal experience visiting operating country schools from 2012-2019. DeLoache explains how she illustrates the schoolhouses to document and preserve them and discusses “country culture” and the ethnic background of folks who settled and lived in the northern central states. 

WHEN: Tuesday, July 18th
TIME: 6:30-7:30 PM
WHERE: K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library
FEE: Free