My son was very happy that he was "able to read all the words in the book" by the end of July. Thank you all so much!

Parent of Student

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are questions we hear most often. We hope this helps answer some of yours!

How do I sign my child up for the Reading Bridge program?


Click on the "Register" button at the top, you will be redirected to a form to sign your child up. Registration for the summer of 2021 will open on April 12. 

I have more than one student. Can I sign them both up?


Yes, but be sure to register each child separately to ensure their place in the program. We have had multiple children from the same family in our program at the same time several times in the past. In fact, your whole family is welcome to enjoy the library and relax with a book while your children are being tutored.

My child is going into Kindergarten next year. Can they participate in the program?


Reading Bridge is for students who have already finished Kindergarten or any grade through 5th. Keep reading to them and talking about good books! We would love to have them join us next summer! 

We can only attend a few of the sessions offered. Can we still sign up?


Although we'd love to have your child in our program, we see the best results when students come to a minimum of six (6) sessions. 

If we don't live in a city where Reading Bridge is offered, can we still sign up?


Absolutely! If you can transport your child to one of our locations, we would love to have them participate! Any child who has completed Kindergarten-5th grade may sign up for Reading Bridge tutoring.

How can I become a tutor for the Reading Bridge program?


Send us a message on the Contact page. Make sure to select "Become a Tutor" in the subject option dropdown menu. It is preferable to have a teaching degree (or be earning one), extensive substitute experience,  or a solid history of working with kids, along with a good reference. Once accepted into the program, you will be required to attend our customized training.

What can I do at home to help my child improve their reading and writing over the summer?


Reading to your child for 20 minutes every day is a great way to keep them thinking about reading and enjoying books! Always make it fun and interesting! Find books your child likes and avoid making it a chore. 

I'd like to offer a Reading Bridge program in my city. How do I start?


We have been asked about offering our services in other SD and MN cities. Please send us a message on the Contact page and be sure to select "Start New Reading Bridge Program" in the subject option dropdown menu. We'll be in touch soon!

Is there transportation available?


No, we do not have transportation available. We do not plan on transporting students in the future.

Whom do I contact to request an ADA accommodation?


If your child is attending Reading Bridge at the Brandon Library, Caille Branch, Downtown Library, Hartford Branch, Humboldt Branch, Oak View Branch, Prairie West Branch, or Ronning Branch, contact the City of Sioux Falls Human Relations Office at 605.367.8745 or humanrelations@siouxfalls.org at least 72 hours in advance of the event or activity.

If your child is attending Reading Bridge at Garretson Elementary School, contact the Garretson School District at 605.594.3451 at least 72 hours in advance of the event or activity.