Children's Summer Reading Program 2020

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The Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library is inviting all Bismarck and Burleigh County youth to "Imagine your story!" Summer Reading is definitely not the same this year, but one thing that is the same is that we all still love to read! For this summer, children and teens are being offered two chances to log 10 hours of reading - both in June and in July. There will be separate incentives and prize drawings for both months. The children's program is for babies through kids going into 5th grade.  The teen program is for youth going into 6th grade through 12th grade.  Both reading challenges are available through Beanstack, the Library's online reading application, or by submitting a paper log available from the Library's web site. 

Participation in the Library's reading challenges for both June and July also qualifies children and teens to receive the Bank of ND College Save Reading Champion award.


Programming for children and teens will be a mix of virtual and outdoor programming in June and July.  Miss Sparkles will hold 3 virtual story times each week in addition to 3 outdoor family story times - two at local parks and one at the Library.  Little Songbirds will continue virtually on Thursday evenings. 


This year's reading program is sponsored by gifts from The Tom and Frances Leach Foundation and American Bank Center.  We are also receiving support from: The Bismarck Library Foundation, Inc., The Friends of the Bismarck Public Library, and ND Council on the Arts.

We are grateful to the Bank of North Dakota for the opportunity to participate in their College SAVE Reading Champion program.

Printable Reading Log 

  • Reading Log(for July only - the June log is no longer accessible.)
*Logs can be returned by mail or dropped off at the Library at the Children's Information Desk beginning July 6. Each log must have the child's full name, age, and address. All logs for June must be received by July 11 in order to be considered for the June gift cards and/or the June prize drawing. All logs for July must be received by August 7 in order to be considered for the July gift cards and/or the July prize drawing.  (Winners of the June prize are not eligible for the July prize, but those readers are still eligible to earn the incentive gift card.) Prizes and drawing are open to Bismarck and Burleigh County residents only.

Virtual Summer Reading Kickoff - June 1-June 5


The 2020 Summer Reading Celebration at the ND Heritage Center has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, the celebration is going virtual.  Programming runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day, Monday, June 1 to Friday, June 5.  

To access the programming, visit this Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/244703713416702/ Your own Bismarck Public Library story time team of Miss Sparkles and Colette will be featured on Thursday, June 4 at 11:00 a.m.