The World Out My Back Door

Storytime

This week's guest storyteller — Rick Kiley
The book — Under the Pond by Kate Messner

Guest reader Rick Kiley helps bring the secret world underwater to life! Discover the plants and animals that make up a pond ecosystem. Watch for minnows, beavers, tadpoles and more. Listen carefully as Mr. Kiley, former biology teacher at Washington and Lincoln High Schools, shares other fascinating facts!
Thanks to Chronicle Kids for permission to share this virtual storytime.

FREE Programs 

These weekly programs are a mix of virtual and in-person guided activities that take place at a specific time. Check out the schedule below for what is happening this week!

Bookmobile

Stop by and check out the Bookmobile! 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 27 | MON | 5:30-6:30 P.M. | LAURA B ANDERSON ELEMENTARY

Siouxland Libraries Bookmobile

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LAURA B ANDERSON ELEMENTARY

Mondays at McKennan

Join us under the shade in historic McKennan Park for a free seven week concert series. Bring your favorite lawn chair or blanket and start your week off right with good music and family entertainment!
JULY 27 | MON | 7:00 P.M. 

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McKennan Park

Kids Discover: Cloud Scavenger Hunt

Eureka! Uncover, and discover interesting and exciting things through hands-on exploration. In this episode, we will show you clouds. Then download the scavenger hunt to see how many you can find.
JULY 28 | TUES | 1:00 P.M. 

 

Storyland Children's Theater

Come to Storyland Children’s Theatre this July for our 30th season. By using skits familiar and not so familiar, these shows will focus primarily on children’s stories, beliefs, and everyday happenings. They will involve fairy tales, costumes, and dance.

JUL 28 | TUES | 7 p.m.

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McKennan Park

Storyland Children's Theater

Come to Storyland Children’s Theatre this July for our 30th season. By using skits familiar and not so familiar, these shows will focus primarily on children’s stories, beliefs, and everyday happenings. They will involve fairy tales, costumes, and dance. 

JUL 29 | WED | 10 A.M.

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McKennan Park

Storytime, Theme: Frogs

Encourage a love of reading and develop early learning through stories, rhymes, songs and movement activities.

JUL 29 | WED | 10 A.M.

Bookmobile

Stop by and check out the Bookmobile! 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 29 | WED | 11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. | Hayward Elementary

Siouxland Libraries Bookmobile

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HAYWARD ELEMENTARY

Storyland Children's Theater

Come to Storyland Children’s Theatre this July for our 30th season. By using skits familiar and not so familiar, these shows will focus primarily on children’s stories, beliefs, and everyday happenings. They will involve fairy tales, costumes, and dance. 

JUL 30 | THURS | 10 A.M.

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McKennan Park

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. Siouxland Libraries Bookmobile will be on site as well.
The Siouxland Libraries Bookmobile will be there too!

JULY 30 | THURS | 1-3 PM

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Whittier Park

Kids Create: Tree Rings

Nurture your imagination and creativity by trying something new! Use tree rings to create the story of a tree. Supllies needed are paper, pencil, crayons or markers, scissors, and glue or tape.
JULY 30 | THURS |1 PM 

 

Storyland Children's Theater

Come to Storyland Children’s Theatre this July for our 30th season. By using skits familiar and not so familiar, these shows will focus primarily on children’s stories, beliefs, and everyday happenings. They will involve fairy tales, costumes, and dance. 

JUL 30 | THURS | 7 P.M.

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McKennan Park

Make a Bird Seed Cake

Birdwatching is an activity everyone in the family can enjoy. Attract a variety of birds to your back yard with these easy to make birdseed cakes. Gather the kids and have them help meaure and mix the ingredients and then hang and enjoy.
JULY 31 | FRI | NOON 

 

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Family Fun Night in the Park

Join us at the park for a fun night with the family! This social safe family fun night will have you laughing, moving, and winning fun prizes. Play games like Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune (with a twist), Deal or No Deal, Plinko, Speed Trivia and more! The dance party starts at 6 p.m. Family Game Show will start at 6:30 p.m. sharp but show up early to reserve your spot.
JULY 31 | FRI | 6-8 P.M. 

 

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Dunham Park

Yoga in the Park Series

Come enjoy our beautiful park system and take a deep breath of fresh air with us while gaining flexibility, better posture, and learning stress– relieving moves through yoga! We are excited to partner with local yoga studios to provide an all ages and levels session. Each session hosted by a different instructor. Weekly door prize drawings held, must be present to win. Weather permitting. Please bring your own yoga mat.

AUG 1 | SAT | 8 - 9 a.m.

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Terrace Park

Tinker Tots, Theme: Nature

Explore, create and learn with your child through STEAM activities.
Shake the Paint Art Activity Supplies:
• Large Plastic container with lid
• Washable tempera paint
• Natural loose materials such as acorns, pebbles, small sticks, pinecones
• Paper (cut to height of container)

Theme: July Early Learning Newsletter Songs
AUG 1 | SAT | 10 A.M.  

 

Native Animals with the Great Plains Zoo

Staff from the Great Plains Zoo will teach your family all about animals you can see in South Dakota. Take to the outdoors and see if you can find these animals in your back yard or take a family adventure to the Great Plains Zoo.

AUG 1 | 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.

AUG 2 | SUN | 4 PM

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Boredom Busters

These do-it-yourself weekly activities are designed for you to enjoy at your own pace.

What's out your back door?

Explore the outdoors! When you find an item on the list, check it off. If you can’t find the item in nature, draw a picture, or read a book about it instead.

Download: Download the List


Discover the parts of a flower

 

Not only are flowers' beauty incredible to see, they also play an important role in the Mount Rainier ecosystems throughout the world. Learn more with Buddy Bison.

Download: Discover the Parts of a Flower 

Beaver Tails

Beaver Tails

 

This recipe takes a few phases to work well. Start in the morning and take lots of play breaks while you’re waiting for things to freeze. Then enjoy them in the afternoon!

Download: Download the Recipe