Summer Library Program

Prevent the Summer Reading Slide

Children who read during the summer improve their comprehension skills and are better prepared when school starts again in the fall. On the other hand, children who do not read lose some of their reading skills over the summer. The good news is that reading even a few minutes a day throughout the summer can prevent this achievement loss and it also leads to free rewards at the library! Stop in throughout the summer to stock up on books, talk with the children's librarian, and engage in programs, storytimes, and other activities.
A group of girls walking with the Faribault Library in the background
Ways you can help your child be motivated about summer reading:

  • Participate in the Summer Library Program. Click HERE to register for the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge.
  • Choose fun books. 
  • Let your child pick the books they want to read.
  • Read a book of riddles and then make up your own.
  • Check out a cookbook and make a new recipe.
  • Listen to audiobooks.
  • Try out Tumblebooks, Overdrive, and Libby.
  • Keep reading aloud to all of your children, no matter what age they are.
  • Set aside time each day to read with your child.

Fun Fridays at the Library

**The 2021 Summer library will be completely virtual and take place entirely online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow us on Facebook and sign up for notifications.**


 Friday programs will take place in the Great Hall unless otherwise noted. Doors will open 10 minutes prior to each performance. To help ensure the safety of all library patrons, seating is limited. (Maximum capacity for floor seating in the Great Hall is 275 people.) When the program begins or the Great Hall has reached maximum room capacity, the performance will be closed. Please turn cell phones and electronic devices off during performances.

Performances marked (ASL) will be American Sign Language interpreted. If other special accommodations are needed, please call Children's Librarian, Deni Buendorf at 507-334-2089 with 72 hours advanced notice.

During programs, library staff or local media may take photographs to be used for library publicity. If you do not wish your child to be photographed, please inform the staff member in charge. Names of children in photographs will not be included without written consent from a parent or guardian.

Library Photo Album

Check out the photo albums on the library's Facebook page to see all the fun we have at programs in the summer and throughout the year.

Special Recognition

A big thank you to the Friends of Buckham Memorial Library, who sponsored many of our special performers and purchased most of the incentives that youth earn as a part of the Summer Library Program!