Summer reading program starts June 1


Custer County Library will present this summer’s reading program, “A Universe of Stories!” June 1 through July 24. The program is open to infants through teens.

The primary goals of the program are to encourage reading and provide educational and fun summer programming. Students who read over the summer maintain and strengthen the reading skills they acquired during the school year rather than experiencing a decline in skills known as “summer slide.” Research also shows that children who have been read to from an early age have a larger vocabulary, better language skills and a greater interest in books. 

Participants in the partnered and independent reading programs will record time spent reading books on time trackers and redeem the hours for prizes at the library’s summer reading store. The store hours for the Custer branch are Tuesday and Thursday from 1-5 p.m. The store hours for the Hermosa branch are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:30-6:30 p.m.  

Participants in the teen program will complete a ticket for each book they read. These tickets will be entered into raffle drawings for prizes such as gift cards, gift certificates to local restaurants and movie tickets. Prizes for the program have been donated by local Black Hills businesses and purchased with donated funds from the Virginia Ferguson Memorial Fund and the Dollar General Literacy Fund.  

Several fun programs will be offered during the course of the summer. Custer State Park Naturalists will provide programs June 4 and 18 and July 9 and 16 at Custer Elementary School and  June 11 at the Hermosa Library.

The library will host various other programs this summer including board game afternoons, escape rooms and various space-related educational/craft programs targeted at different age groups. Go to the library and pick up a flyer for a detailed list of the program dates, times, locations and targeted age groups. You may also find the information on the Custer County Library Facebook page or at

The Summer Reading Program will conclude on July 24 at 1 p.m. with a closing party and opportunity to enjoy the Journey Museum’s mobile planetarium.

Raffle prizes will also be drawn at this party. Participants will need to have submitted their “First Hour” slip to the library to be eligible for the mobile planetarium and to have their name in the drawings for raffle prizes, which will include a $50 Amazon gift card for Custer participants. Hermosa participants will have their names in several drawings for $100 gift cards to Scheels, thanks to a donation from the Battle River Masonic Lodge. More details about the program will be provided at sign-up. 

For more information contact the Custer Library at 673-4803 or the Hermosa Library at 255-5597.