Black Hills Reads Events




The purpose of this event is to encourage and show the importance of literacy to all ages in your community. This toolkit is being provided to you by Black Hills Reads, United Way of the Black Hills in order to allow you guidance to host an event with all of the tools necessary! Black Hills Reads encourages the host entity to engage the community in order to get youth and adults alike, excited and engaged in reading.


Anyone and everyone is welcome to join– this is a community focused event! For every book read, you will get a strip of paper and you will write the name of your book on that strip of paper. The host entity of this event (that’s you!) will choose how entities/individuals will return the strips of paper and how they get them for when the event begins. Once you receive all strips back it will end by connecting all the strips in a chain link, representing how many books have been read in the community as a collective. You, as the host entity, will plan for a big celebration on a set date to ‘show off’ your efforts! Sound fun? We think so too! If you are interested, keep reading for more details on how to make this a reality.  


Any organization, nonprofit or for-profit may host the event. (this entity will be known as the host entity in this document) It is highly encouraged to allow anyone and everyone in the community to participate including local businesses, summer programs, schools, etc.
Any organizations/individuals participating will write on and keep their strips prior to the event. (strips are explained in first paragraph of this document)
Click the links below to register and get involved! Please email registration form or your interest in the program to Kayla Klein at