Adult Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Challenge Instructions

  • Pick up a printed reading log at the library or choose to log your reading through Readsquared. It is not possible to combine printed and online reading logs.
  • Adults have through August 31 to complete their reading logs and be entered into a drawing for 1 of 5 literary prize bags.
  • Return completed reading logs to a public service desk or log reading online to be automatically entered in the drawing upon completion.
  • Complete the program by reading for a total of 60 days between June 1 and August 31 – a minimum of 30 minutes counts for the day.
  • Earn extra entries in the prize drawing by reading a book from each of the Summer Reading Categories found on Readsquared or in the Adult reading log.
  • Our 5 prize drawing winners will be notified on September 6.
  • Other online-only challenges can be found on Readsquared.

Don’t forget to check out our events below, happening all summer long!

June

Sun, Jun 5, 10-12pm
Meet in Library Parking Lot

WILD AND EDIBLE PLANTS OF MISSOULA: EARLY SUMMER EDITION

Join us for a 2-hour native plant walk along Missoula’s Clark Fork River trail – while not an ocean this body of water is the lifeblood of our community! We’ll identify native plants in early summer to learn which ones are edible and even medicinal. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, water, and adequate clothing to be comfortable outside for 2 hours, rain or shine. Group size is limited, and registration is required.

 

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Sun, Jun 5, 10-12pm
Meet in Library Parking Lot
Mon, Jun 13, 6:30-7:30pm
Cooper Room

HULA WITH UM’S PACIFIC ISLANDERS CLUB

Come learn some moves when UM’s Pacific Islanders Club present a hula dance class at the library! This all-ages and family friendly program is fun for everyone, ages 4-104. This program is also sponsored in part by the Mansfield Library at the University of Montana.
 
Pacific Islanders Club logo
Mon, Jun 13, 6:30-7:30pm
Cooper Room
Mon, Jun 27, 6-7:30pm
Cooper Room

MISSOULA VALLEY WALKING TOUR WITH DR. MARC HENDRIX

As part of our Summer Learning Program “Oceans of Possibilities,” join Dr. Marc Hendrix, Chair of UM’s Geosciences Department for this indoor “walking tour” of the geological formation of the Missoula Valley and surrounding mountains. Hendrix will discuss the local geology from different viewing vantage points on the library’s Level Four. Part of this discussion will focus on the history of Glacial Lake Missoula, a large fresh-water lake that filled the Missoula Valley during the most recent glacial period, roughly 15-20,000 years ago.
Mon, Jun 27, 6-7:30pm
Cooper Room

July

Sat, Jul 23, 2-3:30pm
Cooper Room

BRAM BRATÀ STEEL DRUM BAND PERFORMANCE

MPL is thrilled to host the Washington-based steel drum band Bram Bratá as part of our Summer Learning Program, “Oceans of Possibilities.” Bram Bratá is the Tri-Cities Steel Band Association’s senior drum band. The name Bram Bratá is derived from two Trinidadian slang words meaning “an unexpected party.” Audiences find this name fitting as they enjoy the challenging and varied repertoire of Caribbean, Soca, jazz, popular and even classical music. Spontaneous dancing is welcome! This all-ages and family friendly program will equally delight young participants and those who are young at heart.
Sat, Jul 23, 2-3:30pm
Cooper Room

August

Sun, Aug 14, 10am-12pm
Meet in Library Parking Lot

WILD AND EDIBLE PLANTS OF MISSOULA: LATE SUMMER EDITION

As part of our Summer Learning Program “Oceans of Possibilities” join us for a 2-hour native plant walk along Missoula’s Clark Fork River trail – while not an ocean this body of water is the lifeblood of our community! We’ll identify native plants in late summer to learn which ones are edible and even medicinal. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, water, and adequate clothing to be comfortable outside for 2 hours, rain or shine. Group size is limited, and registration is required.
 
Sun, Aug 14, 10am-12pm
Meet in Library Parking Lot
Mon, Aug 29, 6-7:30pm
Cooper Room A

OUR PREHISTORIC PAST: MONTANA’S CONNECTION TO ANCIENT SEAS

Join Dr. Marc Hendrix, Chair of UM’s Geosciences Department to explore Montana’s most recent – but still quite ancient – connection to ocean waters as Hendrix discusses the Cretaceous Interior Seaway and its western coastal plain. This seaway formed about 100 and 70 million years ago and connected the Gulf of Mexico with the Arctic Ocean. At that time, western Montana was the site of an extensive coastal plain that sloped eastward towards the western shore of the seaway. Hendrix will also discuss the evidence for older episodes of truly marine conditions in Montana. While our state is land-locked today, it wasn’t always this way.
Mon, Aug 29, 6-7:30pm
Cooper Room A

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