• Huether Family Aquatics Center

    Construction - July 1, 2020

  • Huether Family Aquatics Center

    Construction - July 1, 2020

  • Walnut Street

    Newly completed Walnut Street project

  • Yankton 4th of July Fireworks

    Yankton's annual 4th of July fireworks show over the Missouri River.

  • Meridian Bridge

    Winter Scene

  • Fire Prevention Week

    Fire Prevention Week

  • Lewis & Clark Lake

    Lewis & Clark Lake

  • Jim River Bridge

    Jim River Bridge

  • Lake Area Trail

    Lake Area Trail

  • Meridian Bridge Moonlight

    Meridian Bridge Moonlight

  • Lewis & Clark Recreation Area

    Lewis & Clark Recreation Area

  • Walnut Street

    Walnut Street

  • Bragging Rights

    Bragging Rights

  • Downtown Streetscape

    Yankton's Downtown

  • Lewis & Clark Lake

    Missouri River Bluffs

  • 4th of July

    4th of July Fireworks Show

  • Riverside Park

    Riverside Park

  • Meridian Bridge Fog

    Meridian Bridge Fog

  • Meridian Bridge Winter

    Meridian Bridge Winter

  • Meridian Bridge Fall

    Yankton Meridian Bridge Fall

  • Lewis & Clark Lake

    Lewis & Clark Lake walking trails.

  • Rockin' Ribfest

    June 3-4

  • Yankton Marina

    Yankton Marina

  • Yankton Missouri River

    Yankton Missouri River

  • Fishing the Missouri

    Missouri River Yankton

  • Meridian Bridge

    Meridian Bridge

  • Ice Sailing

    Missiouri River Ice Sailing

  • Yankton Riverside Park Winter View

    Yankton Riverside Park Winter View

  • Missouri River Yankton

    Merry Christmas

  • Yankton Discovery Bridge

    Yankton Discovery Bridge

Children's, Teen, and Adult Activities

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Children's Activities

Story Times

Our Story Time is open to children birth-preschool with an adult caregiver. The 30-45 minute sessions include stories, rhymes, finger plays, music, and movement. Afterward, there is an art/craft activity geared toward preschool-aged participants. Story Times typically occur weekly on Monday nights at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. After Story Time, feel free to stick around for some free play with our sensory toys!


Stay & Play

Stay and Play for preschool –aged children and under is held on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. We will provide materials for exploration and learning through play for children and their caregivers to enjoy together. This is a great opportunity for children and parents alike to meet and visit with other families! The links below will provide information regarding the importance of play and the role play serves in development learning.

National Association for the Education of Young Children

American Academy of Pediatrics - The Importance of Play

Montana State University Extension - The Importance of Play


After School Programs

After school programs are offered for elementary school-aged children from September through November and from January through May on Thursday afternoons.

1st Thursday: Craft day with all materials and instructions are provided.

2nd Thursday: LEGO Club with LEGOs provided by the library and creativity provided by children. The kids LEGO sculptures are then displayed for everyone to admire.

3rd Thursday: Science Club facilitated by Katie Doty of the Yankton County 4-H office who provides hands-on science activities and experiments to explore a variety of topics.

4th Thursday: Movie day

For more details on these activities, please check our calendar.


Kids Art Club

The 2nd Saturday of the month is Art Club. There will be art materials out and available in the children’s area for children to draw, color, and create. More specific art activities may sometimes be available to create a special project. This program is available during open hours and is child/parent led.



Teen Activities

Teen Advisory Board

Teens and ‘tweens in grades 6-12 are invited to join the library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB). This group meets monthly to plan events for teens at the library. Interested individuals can pick up a TAB application form at the circulation desk.


Teen Events

Throughout the school year, events for students in grades 6-12 are generally held one Saturday a month from 3-4 p.m. Twice a year there are special after-hours events for teens.

These events are open to all teens, not just teens on the Teen Advisory Board. In the past we’ve had holiday parties, trivia, birdfeeder building, robotics projects, and more!

During the summer months, events for students are held on Mondays at 2 p.m. For more details on these activities, please check our calendar.



Adult Activities

Unplug, Unwind, Craft

Participants make a craft item with materials furnished by the library. Registration is required. There is a $5 fee.

Teen Tech Tutors

Students from the Yankton High School National Honor Society meet with anyone who needs one-on-one help with devices and computer applications. Registration is required. There is no fee.

Book Clubs

Both book clubs, which meet at the library, are open to anyone who wishes to join. There is no fee.

  • Readers Anonymous meets the second Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. and reads all types of fiction.
  • Between the Lines meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. and reads both fiction and nonfiction.

Book A Librarian

If you need help setting up your accounts for eBooks, call the library, make an appointment, and we’ll walk you through the process.



Special Events

We’re always adding special programs and events to our calendars for children, teens, and adults. For more details, check our calendar.



Yankton Community Library 
515 Walnut Street
Yankton, South Dakota 57078
Telephone: 605-668-5275
Fax: 605-668-5277


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