Reading Group Toolkit

The South Dakota Humanities Council offers a packaged reading program for book clubs organized by individuals, libraries, book stores, museums, and other non-profit organizations.

For a $50 application fee, the Reading Group Toolkit includes up to 30 copies of any title from the council's lending library and an SDHC scholar to lead a book discussion for the group. Groups can choose from more than 30 titles. 

Get started

Any non-profit organization is eligible to apply for a Reading Group Toolkit.

  1. Select a title from the council's lending library.
  2. Set a date for the event. 
  3. Contact an SDHC scholar to lead a group discussion
  4. Submit an online application with the $50 application fee 4-6 weeks before the program. 
  5. Promote your event. Thank the SDHC and NEH. Consult our promotional tips.
  6. Complete the evaluation form. Return the books. 


  • Program must be hosted in South Dakota and be open to the public.
  • Any non-profit organization or book club may apply.
  • Based on availability, organizations may apply for an unlimited amount of reading group toolkits.

For book discussions led by an SDHC scholar, the SDHC expects ...

  • A minimum audience of 15 people.
  • The presentation hosted at a facility with comfortable accommodations.
  • The program will be approximately 45 minutes with time for Q&A.
  • A good faith effort in promoting the event beyond the organization's members. The council provides tools to help groups promote their SDHC-supported events
  • Acknowledgment of the council's sponsorship. 

Programs & Events

9:00 am | Aberdeen Elementary Schools
7:00 pm | K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library
9:00 am | Aberdeen Elementary Schools
12:00 pm | St Thomas More Social Hall
9:00 am | Lake Area Technical Institute