Across Siouxland Libraries

April Programs

Families

 

Lapsit

Help your baby develop listening and language skills with songs, stories and playtime. Get to know other families. For babies 6 to 24 months and caregivers.
Brandon Community Library | Mondays, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Caille Branch | Mondays, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 10:30-11 a.m.
Downtown Library | Saturdays, April 1, 15, 22, 9:30-10 a.m.
Oak View Branch | Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25, 10:30-11 a.m.
Prairie West Branch | Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25, 10:30-11 a.m.
Ronning Branch | Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26, 10:05-10:40 a.m.

Music and Movement

"Boost your child's language development and support early learning through dance! For children ages 2 to 5 and caregivers."
Downtown Library | Friday, April 7, 10:15-11 a.m.

Preschool for Parents

Parents of children ages birth to 5 create hands-on activities to promote/develop early learning skills. This month's activity is an "I Spy" bottle. Guided playtime is provided. Parent registration required.
Caille Branch | Wednesday, April 26, 10:30-11 a.m.

Preschool Science

Explore science concepts through stories and activities designed for children ages 3 to 5.
Prairie West Branch | Saturday, April 15, 3-3:45 p.m.

Preschool Storytime

Encourage a love of reading and develop early learning through stories, rhymes, songs and movement activities. For children ages 3 to 5.
Brandon Community Library | Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Caille Branch | Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25, 10:30-11 a.m.
Downtown Library | Monday, April 3, 10, 10:15-10:50 a.m. & 1-1:35 p.m.
Oak View Branch | Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26, 10:30-11 a.m.
Prairie West Branch | Mondays, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 10:30-11 a.m.
Ronning Branch | Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:05-10:40 a.m., 10:45-11:20 a.m., 1-1:35 p.m.

Tinker Tots

Explore, create and learn through STEAM activities for children ages 2 to 5 and caregivers.
Downtown Library | Friday, April 14, 10:15-11:15 a.m.

Toddler Time

Nurture a love of books through music, movement and activities, while developing language, motor and social skills. For 2-year-olds and caregivers.
Brandon Community Library | Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Caille Branch | Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:30-11 a.m.
Downtown Library | Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20, 10:15-10:40 a.m.
Prairie West Branch | Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26, 10:30-11 a.m.
Ronning Branch | Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26, 10:45-11:15 a.m.

Wee Read & Discover

Promote learning with self-directed, come-and-go activities. April's theme is "Spring."
Downtown Library | Monday, April 3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Wee Read & Explore

Engage your child in early learning games and activities inspired by the book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle. For children ages 3 to 6.
Caille Branch | Friday, April 14, 10:30-11 a.m.
Prairie West Branch | Thursday, April 27, 10:30-11 a.m.

Wee Read & Sign

Simple signs build a communication bridge from infancy to childhood. Learn to use stories, songs and signs to boost brain development. For babies 6 to 24 months and caregivers.
Downtown Library | Saturdays, April 8, 29, 9:30-10 a.m. & Tuesday, April 11, 10:15-10:45 a.m.

 

Art Adventures

Practice new techniques and discover the artists/illustrators who used them. Grades K to 5.
Downtown Library | Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 4-5 p.m.

Book Tour Tuesday

Explore books and characters through crafts and activities.
Oak View Branch | Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Discovery Day

Learn something new at the Downtown Library. Celebrate Earth Hour by creating a bird feeder.
Downtown Library | Friday, April 14, 2-3 p.m.

Full STEAM Ahead

Discover science, technology, engineering, art and math with hands-on activities and guest speakers. This month's theme is "Notes & Pitch." Grades 3 to 5.
Caille Branch | Wednesday, April 5, 4-5 p.m.

Fun Fridays

It's Friday! Celebrate by learning something new.
Downtown Library | Fridays, April 7, 21, 28, 4-5 p.m.

FuNdAy MoNdAy

Explore your creative side. After-school adventures with stories and activities. This month's theme is Modern Art. Grades K to 3.
Caille Branch | Mondays, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 3:45-4:45 p.m.

The Imagineers

Explore your creative side. After-school adventures with stories and activities. Grades K to 5.
Prairie West Branch | Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26, 3:15-4 p.m.

Kreative Kids

Discover a new book through crafts and activities.
Oak View Branch | Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Library Explorers

Learn about the world through simple science experiments. Grades 3 to 5.
Crooks Branch | Wednesday, April 12, 4:15-5 p.m.

Movie Wednesday

A new release or classic children's film.
Oak View Branch | Wednesdays, April 5, 19, 3-4:30 p.m.

Poetry and Limerick Contest

Write a limerick or poem. Return the entry to Brandon by April 15. The winning entry will be published in the Brandon Valley Challenger.
Brandon Community Library | April 1-15

STEM Tuesday

Explore science, technology, engineering and math with experiments and hands-on activities. Grades 3-5.
Downtown Library | Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25, 4-5 p.m.

Tremendous Tuesday

Explore the book series You Wouldn't Want to . . . A new book and activity each week.
Ronning Branch | Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Unplug and Play

A come-and-go program that tests skills and knowledge through activities that don't use computers.
Oak View Branch | Mondays, April 3, 10, 24, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Wii Wednesday

Play Wii games for exercise and fun.
Oak View Branch | Wednesdays, April 12, 26, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

 

Crafternoon Storytime

Stories, songs and a craft for families with children ages 2 to 6.
Caille Branch | Sundays, April 2, 9, 23, 30, 2-2:30 p.m.

DIY Day

Discover a new book through crafts and activities.
Colton Branch | Saturday, April 22, 9-11 a.m.
Hartford Branch | Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.-noon

Easter Bunny Storytime

Family storytime with a visit from the Easter Bunny.
Brandon Community Library | Saturday, April 8, 10:15-11:15 a.m.

Family Storytime

Stimulate early learning with books, rhymes, music and movement at this drop-in program.
Brandon Community Library | Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 7-7:30 p.m.
Colton Branch | Fridays, April 7, 14, 10:30-11 a.m.
Crooks Branch | Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 10:30-11 a.m.
Downtown Library | Saturdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 11-11:35 a.m.
Humboldt Branch | Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 10:30-11 a.m.
Oak View Branch | Mondays, April 10, 17, 10:30-11 a.m.
Prairie West Branch | Saturdays, April 8, 15, 22, 29, 10:30-11 a.m.

Fridays with Rocky

Encourage the love of reading and develop your child's learning skills at this storytime with a certified therapy dog.
Oak View Branch | Fridays, April 14, 28, 10:30-11 a.m.

Funny Punny Day

Knock, knock. Who's there? You! Storytime at 10:30 a.m., followed by fun(ny)-filled crafts and activities.
Prairie West Branch | Saturday, April 1, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Moving and Grooving Storytime

Perfect for wiggle worms – music, movement and books. Encourage your child's love of reading and promote early learning.
Oak View Branch | Mondays, April 3, 24, 10:30-11 a.m.

Pajama Storytime

Wind down at this evening story program for families. Pajamas optional.
Downtown Library | Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 6:30-7 p.m.
Prairie West Branch | Mondays, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 7-7:30 p.m.

Preschool Poetry Storytime

Encourage a love of reading – stories, rhymes, songs and activities in celebration of National Poetry Month. For children ages 3 to 5.
Downtown Library | Monday, April 10, 10:15-10:45 a.m. & 1-1:35 p.m.

Second Saturday Storytime

Plant the seed for reading with this storytime, songs and a craft about gardening and plants. We'll plant our own flower garden. For families with children ages 3 to 5.
Oak View Branch | Saturday, April 8, 10:30-11:10 a.m.

Sensory Storytime

Books, songs, movement and activities that stimulate the senses and promote learning. Ideal for children with sensory integration challenges or those with autism spectrum disorder.
Downtown Library | Saturday, April 8, 22, 2-3 p.m.

Spring Bookwalk at Outdoor Campus

Hike a trail lined by pages of the book "Spilt Milk" by Charles Green Shaw at the Outdoor Campus on Monday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. A free drop-in program.
Outdoor Campus | Monday, April 17, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

 

Blackout Poetry

April is National Poetry Month! Express yourself by creating poetry from discarded book pages.
Caille Branch | Thursday, April 20, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

DIY: Paracord Bracelets

Make a paracord bracelet.
Brandon Community Library | Tuesday, April 18, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Life-Size Clue

Was it Colonel Mustard in the library with the candlestick? Find out whodunit in this life-size version of the popular board game. Grades 6-12.
Ronning Library | Sunday, April 2, 2-3 p.m.

Page to Screen: Poetry Month

"Discover how poetry made its way from the written page to the screen. Write a poem or create blackout poetry to hang on the Poet Tree! Grades 4-8."
Prairie West Branch | Tuesday, April 11, 4:15-5 p.m.

Page to Screen: World of Wonder

Discover the books behind popular movies. Create your own precept inspired by the book "Wonder" by R. J. Palacio! Grades 4-8.
Prairie West Branch | Tuesday, April 25, 4:15-5 p.m.

Poetry and Limerick Contest

Write a limerick or poem. Return the entry to Brandon by April 15. The winning entry will be published in the Brandon Valley Challenger.
Brandon Community Library | April 1-15

Poetry Reading by Dr. Kevin Cole

Dr. Kevin Cole will read from his recently released book Late Summer Plums and talk about his creative process.
Downtown Library | Thursday, April 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Shakespeare Poetry Contest

Pick up a brochure at any branch for details on how to enter Siouxland Libraries’ Shakespeare-themed poetry contest. Entries can be submitted March 9 – April 9.

Teen Advisory Board

Middle- and high-schoolers plan programs, suggest materials for library purchase and learn about volunteering.
Caille Branch | Thursday, April 6, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Oak View Branch | Thursday, April 13, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Meets at Washington High School
Ronning Branch | Tuesday, April 11, 7-8 p.m.

Teen Job Prep Series

Looking for a summer job, but don’t know where to start? Found a job, but you’re unsure about the next step? This Job Prep Series has answers. Ages 15-19. Registration required.
Prairie West Branch | Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20, 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Teens Create Downtown: T.C.D.T.

An art workshop the first Saturday of every month with the opportunity to create your own a rt. Drop in and leave as you like. Grades 6-12.
Downtown Library | Saturday, April 1, 2-4 p.m.

 

Colton Book Club

This month's book is "The Kitchen House" by Kathleen Grissom.
Colton Branch | Monday, April 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Compassionate Sioux Falls Living Library

Talk with human "books" for a unique story, a new perspective and to broaden understanding of this diverse community.
Downtown Branch | Sunday, April 2, 2-4 p.m.

Fiction and Poetry Writers' Group

Critique and workshop open to all.
Downtown Library | Tuesdays, April 4, 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Getting to Know AARP

"Erik Gaikowski, director of AARP South Dakota, will discuss the organization’s programs, fraud watch, discounts and more."
Caille Branch | Thursday, April 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Library Language Learners: Latin

Attend free Latin classes and explore the root of many languages, including English. Play games, learn history and impress your friends.
Downtown Library | Wednesdays, March 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10; 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Lit and Knit

Discuss favorite books and authors while knitting squares to be made into blankets and donated to local charities. Bring size 10 needles.
Crooks Branch | Wednesday, April 26, 6-7 p.m.
Ronning Branch | Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Kazukes Concert

The Sioux Falls Kazukes (kazoo/ukulele band) will perform a lively and unique musical concert.
Caille Branch | Friday, April 14, 2-3 p.m.

Page Turners Book Group

For those who love to read a variety of genres or want to expand their reading horizons. April's title is "Divided We Fall" by Trent Reedy.
Ronning Branch | Monday, April 17, 7-8 p.m.

Poetry Reading by Dr. Kevin Cole

Dr. Kevin Cole will read from his recently released book Late Summer Plums and talk about his creative process.
Downtown Library | Thursday, April 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Poetry Reading with Dakota Women Poets

A celebration of National Poetry Month, followed by a Q & A.
Downtown Library | Thursday, April 20, 7-8:30 p.m.

Shakespeare Poetry Contest

Pick up a brochure at any branch for details on how to enter Siouxland Libraries’ Shakespeare-themed poetry contest. Entries can be submitted March 9 – April 9.

Siouxland Shakespearience: Tea with the Bard

Celebrate Shakespeare's birthday with a free performance by the Bare Bodkins Theater Company. Then, test your knowledge of the playwright's work, brush up your insult skills and enjoy refreshments. Prizes will be awarded. Register at www.siouxlandlib.org or call 367-8060.
Oak View Branch | Sunday, April 23, 2-4 p.m.

Spring Into Gardening

Master Gardener helps beginning gardeners plan for the growing season.
Colton Branch | Saturday, April 8, 10-11 a.m.

Sweet Reads Book Club - 120 South Phillips Avenue

Discuss books that focus on the fun, uplifting and humorous moments in life, while enjoying treats and coffee. This month's book is "Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell.
Half-Baked Cupcakes | Tuesday, April 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Table-Top Game Night

A monthly evening of table-top games. Bring a game from home you've been waiting to try or play one of ours.
Crooks Branch | Monday, April 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Third Annual Poetry Slam - 200 South Phillips Avenue

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Siouxland Libraries at Coffea Downtown. Listen or register to read your original work at siouxlandlib.org or by calling 367-8700.
Coffea Downtown | Friday, April 7, 6:30 p.m.

Trivia Night at Monks - 420 East 8th Street

Test your trivia knowledge and compete for prizes. Up to six team members; first 90 people. Must be 21 years or older. Food and beverage available for purchase.
Monk's House of Ale Repute | Tuesday, April 18, 6-8 p.m.

Yarn-A-Bit

For beginning stitchers or advanced yarn-spinners. Bring your own supplies. All ages and experience welcome!
Prairie West Branch | Tuesday, April 11, 7-8:30 p.m.

Young @ Heart Book Club

A young-adult book club for adults. April's book is "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green. Registration required.
Oak View Branch | Monday, April 10, 7-8 p.m.

Blackout Poetry for Teens

April is National Poetry Month! Express yourself by creating poetry from discarded book pages.
Caille Branch | Thursday, April 20, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Fiction and Poetry Writers' Group

Critique and workshop open to all.
Downtown Library | Tuesdays, April 4, 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Fun Friday for Kids: Poetry in Action

Awaken creativity with poems and activities as we celebrate National Poetry Month.
Downtown Library | Fridays, April 7, 21, 28, 4-5 p.m.

Funny Punny Day

Knock, knock. Who's there? You! Storytime at 10:30 a.m., followed by fun(ny)-filled crafts and activities.
Prairie West Branch | Saturday, April 1, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Page to Screen: Poetry Month

"Discover how poetry made its way from the written page to the screen. Write a poem or create blackout poetry to hang on the Poet Tree! Grades 4-8. "
Prairie West Branch | Tuesday, April 11, 4:15-5 p.m.

Poetry and Limerick Contest for Kids and Teens

Pick up a brochure at any branch for details on how to enter Siouxland Libraries’ Shakespeare-themed poetry contest. Entries can be submitted March 9 – April 9.

Poetry Reading by Dr. Kevin Cole

Celebrate National Poetry Month! Dr. Kevin Cole will read from his recently released book "Late Summer Plums." The University of Sioux Falls professor will also talk about his creative process.
Downtown Library | Thursday, April 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Poetry Reading with Dakota Women Poets

Celebrate National Poetry Month at a poetry reading by the Dakota Women Poets followed by a Q & A.
Downtown Library | Thursday, April 20, 7-8:30 p.m.

Preschool Poetry Storytime

Encourage a love of reading – stories, rhymes, songs and activities in celebration of National Poetry Month. For children ages 3 to 5.
Downtown Library | Monday, April 10, 10:15-10:45 a.m. & 1-1:35 p.m.

Shakespeare Poetry Contest for Teens and Adults

Pick up a brochure at any branch for details on how to enter Siouxland Libraries’ Shakespeare-themed poetry contest. Entries can be submitted March 9 – April 9.

Siouxland Shakespearience: Tea with the Bard

Celebrate Shakespeare's birthday with a free performance by the Bare Bodkins Theater Company. Then, test your knowledge of the playwright's work, brush up your insult skills and enjoy refreshments. Prizes will be awarded. Register at www.siouxlandlib.org or call 367-8060.
Oak View Branch | Sunday, April 23, 2-4 p.m.

Third Annual Poetry Slam - 200 South Phillips Avenue

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Siouxland Libraries at Coffea Downtown. Listen or register to read your original work at siouxlandlib.org or by calling 367-8700.
Coffea Downtown | Friday, April 7, 6:30 p.m.

On-Going Programs in April

Poet Tree: Enjoy reading some poetry or write a poem to add to the tree.
Downtown Library

Magnetic Poetry: Try your hand at creating poetry with magnetic words.
Caille Branch Downtown Library

Random Acts of Poetry: Look for poetry posted throughout the building during the month of April.
Downtown Library

Poetry Baskets: Take a poem and enjoy reading poems for Poetry Month.
Caille Branch Downtown Library

Cut Up Poetry for Teen: Create a poem using words clipped from books and magazines.
Downtown Library

Week of the Young Child™

Week of the Young Child™ is April 24-29. Storytimes, crafts, games and activities celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.

Artsy Thursday

Art activities help youngsters develop the skills needed to be successful readers and learners. For 2-year-olds and caregivers.
Downtown Library | Thursday, April 27, 10:15-10:50 a.m.

Family Friday

Share books and activities about family to further your child’s early learning.
Downtown Library | Friday, April 28, 10:15-11:15 a.m.

Family Fort Day

A morning of fun building a fort. Bring your own pillows and flashlights.
Oak View Branch | Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m.-12 noon

Music Monday

A musical storytime with books, songs and activities to further your child’s early learning.
Downtown Library | Monday, April 24, 10:15-10:50 a.m. and 1-1:35 p.m.

Saturday Storytime

Stimulate early learning with books, rhymes, music and movement at this drop-in program.
Ronning Branch | Saturday, April 29, 10:30-11 a.m.

Scavenger Hunt

Find out about all the resources the library has to offer! Explore with your kids through an engaging game of scavenger hunt. Prizes awarded.
Prairie West Branch | Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Teddy Bear Sleep-Over

Bring your stuffed animals to a sleepover at the library. Check-in is noon to 5 p.m. Friday. Come back Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon to pick them up ― and see the fun they had.
Crooks Branch | Friday, April 28

Wee Read and Explore

Engage your child in early learning games and activities inspired by the book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle. For children ages 3 to 6.
Colton Branch | Friday, April 28, 10:30-11 a.m.
Crooks Branch | Wednesday, April 26, 10:30-11 a.m.
Humboldt Branch | Tuesday, April 25, 10:30-11 a.m.