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2021 Summer Learning Program

The Summer Learning Program is part of MPL’s mission to promote children’s literacy, help prevent the “summer slide” in reading skills, and provide lifelong learning opportunities for readers of all ages. Our theme this year is Tails and Tales! All summer long, you will find fun events and children’s activities as we explore the world of animals around us. SLP 2021 is funded in part by a generous grant from the Foundation for Missoula Public Library.

This Summer at Missoula Public Library

Starting June 1, pick up your reading logs from the library or log in to Read Squared to complete summer reading challenges for prizes. 

 

For fun summer learning opportunities see our activities listed below. All children’s programs will take place at the Downtown Library in an outdoor environment. 

Wednesday, June 2, 7:30-8:30pm

Rediscovering Moby Dick

Looking for a seafaring summer diversion? We’ve got you covered with this deep dive into all things Moby Dick, presented in conjunction with MPL’s Tails and Tales Summer Learning Program. Join UM Melville expert Brady Harrison for a three-part “zoominar” exploring Moby Dick’s universe of cetology, whale lore, 19th century social life, mystery, and dark desire. The program will take place via Zoom and has something for all mature readers: fresh a-ha moments, literary scholarship, and friendly engagement.

 

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Wednesday, June 2, 7:30-8:30pm
Saturday, June 5, 2-3pm

Kick Off for Kids: Introducing the Sunflower Project!

Become a neighborhood scientist and join the Sunflower Project! We’ll plant sunflowers for bees and milkweed for monarchs on the balcony of the kids’ library (Level Two). Take-home science kits available too.

Saturday, June 5, 2-3pm
Wednesday, June 16, 7:30-8:30pm

Rediscovering Moby Dick

Looking for a seafaring summer diversion? We’ve got you covered with this deep dive into all things Moby Dick, presented in conjunction with MPL’s Tails and Tales Summer Learning Program. Join UM Melville expert Brady Harrison for a three-part “zoominar” exploring Moby Dick’s universe of cetology, whale lore, 19th century social life, mystery, and dark desire. The program will take place via Zoom and has something for all mature readers: fresh a-ha moments, literary scholarship, and friendly engagement.

 

More info

Wednesday, June 16, 7:30-8:30pm
Tuesday, June 22, 2-3pm

Humane Society

humane society logoA vet visit with First Aid tips for pets.

Tuesday, June 22, 2-3pm
Tuesday, June 29, 2-3pm & 3:30-4:30pm

Tails & Tales with Animal Wonders!

Have you ever wondered why a beaver’s tail is flat? Or if opossums can hang from their tail? Do you think a tail could save an animal’s life?

animal wonders logo

Join us for a visit from the animal ambassadors of Animal Wonders to answer all your questions and learn the tales behind the tails.

 
Tuesday, June 29, 2-3pm & 3:30-4:30pm
Wednesday, June 30, 7:30-8:30pm

Rediscovering Moby Dick

Looking for a seafaring summer diversion? We’ve got you covered with this deep dive into all things Moby Dick, presented in conjunction with MPL’s Tails and Tales Summer Learning Program. Join UM Melville expert Brady Harrison for a three-part “zoominar” exploring Moby Dick’s universe of cetology, whale lore, 19th century social life, mystery, and dark desire. The program will take place via Zoom and has something for all mature readers: fresh a-ha moments, literary scholarship, and friendly engagement.

 

More info

Wednesday, June 30, 7:30-8:30pm
Tuesday, July 6, 2-3pm

Butterfly Gardens

Learn what butterflies like and plant your own.

Tuesday, July 6, 2-3pm
Tuesday, July 13, 2-3pm & 3:30-4:30pm

Tails & Tales with Animal Wonders!

Have you ever wondered why a beaver’s tail is flat? Or if opossums can hang from their tail? Do you think a tail could save an animal’s life?

animal wonders logo

Join us for a visit from the animal ambassadors of Animal Wonders to answer all your questions and learn the tales behind the tails.

 
Tuesday, July 13, 2-3pm & 3:30-4:30pm
Tuesday, July 20, 2-3pm

Firewind Training Kennels

firewind training kennels logoHow to train dogs for movies and service.

Tuesday, July 20, 2-3pm
Tuesday, July 27, 2-3pm

Sunflower Project: Part 2

We’ll share stories about neighborhood flowers and bees, and check in on our balcony garden’s progress.

Tuesday, July 27, 2-3pm
Tuesday, August 3, 2-3pm & 3:30-4:30pm

Tails & Tales with Animal Wonders!

Have you ever wondered why a beaver’s tail is flat? Or if opossums can hang from their tail? Do you think a tail could save an animal’s life?

animal wonders logo

Join us for a visit from the animal ambassadors of Animal Wonders to answer all your questions and learn the tales behind the tails.

Tuesday, August 3, 2-3pm & 3:30-4:30pm
Tuesday, August 10, 2-3pm

Humane Society

humane society logoPets and positive reinforcement tips.

Tuesday, August 10, 2-3pm
Tuesday, August 17, 2-3pm

Sunflower Project: Part 3

Meet the Sunflower Database! Let’s celebrate our science work and discuss future opportunities.

Tuesday, August 17, 2-3pm
Tuesday, August 24, 2-3pm

Bees, Bees, bees!

Learn how to be a beekeeper.

Tuesday, August 24, 2-3pm

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