Stronger Together

Storytime

Book: A Bear Sat on My Porch Today
Author: Written by Jane Yolen, Illustrated by Rilla Alexander
Guest storyteller: Tim Easter

What would you do if a bear showed up on your porch to play? For starters, get ready to be joined by a squirrel, a skunk, a possum as well! Watch this heartwarming and funny story about the importance of hospitality and inclusivity. You’ll want to chant along, "OKAY. OKAY! YOU CAN STAY." But watch out! That porch is starting to sway ...

A special thank you to chronicle books for permission to share this virtual storytime.

Download the activities to match this story: Who’s on your porch today?

 

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Bookmobile

The Siouxland Libraries bookmobile remains dedicated to encouraging the love of reading and books in the children of Sioux Falls and Minnehaha County. Stop by and check it out! Place a request for books at a table outside the Bookmobile. Library staff will select them from inside, check them out, and deliver them to you! We encourage all customers to wear face masks and practice physical distancing when visiting.

JUN 29 | MON | 5:30-6:30 P.M. | LAURA B ANDERSON ELEMENTARY

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Kids Create

Keep your friends guessing with your new mystery box. You’ll need a box, tape, and scissors to create a space to keep your things under wraps until you’re ready to share! Watch our Facebook page for this program at the listed time, and then on-demand there and YouTube

Kids Create Theme: Guessing Games
JUN 30 | TUES | 1:00 P.M. 

Storytime

Encourage a love of reading and develop early learning through stories, rhymes, songs and movement activities. Explore the different seasons with us!.

Theme: Seasons, Days of the Week, & Months
JULY 1 | WED | 10 A.M.  

Bookmobile

The Siouxland Libraries bookmobile remains dedicated to encouraging the love of reading and books in the children of Sioux Falls and Minnehaha County. Stop by and check it out! Place a request for books at a table outside the Bookmobile. Library staff will select them from inside, check them out, and deliver them to you! We encourage all customers to wear face masks and practice physical distancing when visiting.

JULY 1 | WED | 11:30 -12:30 P.M. | HAYWARD ELEMENTARY

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HAYWARD ELEMENTARY

Kids Discover

Uncover and discover interesting and exciting things all around you through hands-on exploration. The Billy Goats have challenged you to build a bridge that can carry them over the troll! Dig through your recycling bin and junk drawers to find the supplies you need to complete this engineering feat. Watch Dani attempt her own bridge and figure out what a structure needs to support three little goats.

Kids Discover Theme: Billy Goats Engineering Challenge
JULY 2 | THU |1 PM 

Hydrant Party

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation will be coming to your neighborhood this summer to bring the fun! Keep cool by enjoying water sprays and games. No registration required.
The Siouxland Libraries Bookmobile will be there too!

JULY 2 | THU | 1-3 PM

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Bookmobile

The Siouxland Libraries bookmobile remains dedicated to encouraging the love of reading and books in the children of Sioux Falls and Minnehaha County. Stop by and check it out! Place a request for books at a table outside the Bookmobile. Library staff will select them from inside, check them out, and deliver them to you! We encourage all customers to wear face masks and practice physical distancing when visiting.

JULY 2 | MON | 5:30-6:30 P.M. | GALWAY PARK

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GALWAY PARK

One Sioux Falls 4th Virtual 5K

With three fun 5k routes to choose from, there’s one near you to conquer (or do all three!) A virtual 5k is simple and fun! Pick one of the 5k routes provide, fully complete the route, and prove your participation by sharing photos or videos of you walking or running with the hashtag #OneSiouxFalls4th! No registration required, fun for all ages, and go at your own pace! Visit https://www.siouxfalls.org/july4 for route maps and more information. 

JUL 3-5 | FRI-SUN | All Day

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One Sioux Falls 4th Virtual Parade

Participate in this fun “virtual parade” by doing the activities you love to do, with the spirit of Independence Day! Dress up in America’s colors, decorate your home or vehicle, paint your face or create a patriotic-themed piece of art, take in a fireworks show, or spend time at the lake – whatever your plans are, share those memories by using the hashtag #OneSiouxFalls4th and you’ll be added to our online virtual parade where everyone can share their July 4th memories! Visit https://www.siouxfalls.org/july4 for more information.

JUL 3-5 | FRI-SUN | All Day

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4th of July Bike Decorating

What better way to be involved with the Virtual Independence Day Celebration, than by having your very own decorated bike. Nicole will give ideas on ways to make anyone’s bike more patriotic. Take a picture of your creations and share using the hashtag #OneSiouxFalls4th and you’ll be added to our online virtual parade where everyone can share their July 4th memories!

JUL 3 | FRI | 12 NOON

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Music & Movement

Boost your child’s language development and support early learning through dance! Grab a lightweight scarf or piece of cloth and dance along.

Theme: Scarves
JULY 4 | SAT | 10 A.M.  

Which President Are You

Do you enjoy adventure like Theodore Roosevelt? Maybe you’re as honest as Abe Lincoln. Celebrate our Presidents on Independence Day by enjoying this activity from National Geographic that will tell you which one of the United States’ 45 presidents you are most like.

JULY 4 | SAT | 12 NOON

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#SundayNightBookChat

Head to Facebook on Sunday afternoons for a friendly book chat! Every Sunday we ask a question about your favorite reads, and we invite you to share what you’re reading, and take home a great recommendation from others.

JULY 5 | SUN | 5 PM

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Boredom Busters

Who's on your porch today?

Who Sat on My Porch

Kids can draw themselves on the bench along with animals they'd like to have join them on the porch. Will it be a squirrel, or perhaps a porcupine? Encourage your young artists to imagine how they might react to an unexpected guest — and what they would say.

Download: Who Sat on My Porch


Nature artwork: me and my family

Nature Family

Every family in Sioux Falls is unique in its own way. Celebrate yours this Independence Day week by creating fun family portraits using items found in nature. Snap a family photo with your completed artwork and share it by posting the photo to social media with the hashtag #sftimecapsule.

 

Strong and healthy

Show Me your Muscles

Draw an outline of your body on the sidewalk in chalk. Be sure it shows off your muscles! Draw the rest of your friends and family, too, to show how strong you are together! Then make our tasty Green Machine Smoothie to fuel those muscles.

Download: Show Me Your Muscles


Patriotic Scavenger Hunt

Capture the spirit of your celebration by finding the sights and sounds of the holiday.

Download: Patriotic Scavenger Hunt