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. 

 

Library lovers 18 and over may also participate in the Summer Bingo Challenge. Adults who complete their reading logs or participate in the bingo challenge through READsquared will get tickets to enter into a drawing to win one of five book bags with reading swag and a $5 Downtown Association gift card.  Each bingo gets you a ticket for the drawing, and completing the whole bingo card by Aug. 27 gets you an additional ticket. Completing your reading log by Aug. 27 gets you one ticket for the drawing. Winners will be contacted on Aug. 30.

 

For fun summer learning opportunities see our activities listed below. Prior registration is required to attend all online and in-person events. 

Tuesday, June 1-Friday, August 27

Summer Bingo Challenge

Explore all of the FREE digital resources at your library with our Bingo Challenge and win prizes! Adults can create a READsquared account to start playing.

 

More info

Tuesday, June 1-Friday, August 27
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.

 

More info

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.

 

Video link

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.

 

Video link

Tuesday, June 22, 2-3pm
Friday, June 26, 11am-12pm

Bear Basics: Living with Montana’s Grizzlies and Black Bears

Learn about the bear necessities as Elissa Chott from the Great Bear Foundation gives a presentation on bear biology and ecology, how to identify bear foods and sign, how to recreate safely in bear country, and how to properly store attractants to keep both bears and people safe (tracks, hides and skulls included).

great bear foundation logo

Friday, June 26, 11am-12pm
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.

 

Register

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.

 

Register (full)
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.

 

Register (full)

Tuesday, July 20, 2-3pm
Thursday, July 22 @ 4pm

Wind River Karelian Bear Dog Demo

A live demonstration on the use of highly trained wildlife K-9s in preventing or reducing human/wildlife conflict. Visit with these

Wind River Bear Institute logo

amazing animals and their handlers!

Thursday, July 22 @ 4pm
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.

 

Register (full)

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

Humane Society

humane society logoPets and positive reinforcement tips.

 

Register

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
Thursday, August 19 @ 2pm

DIY Pet Treats Prerecorded Demo

Jolene and Clay Cooper, owners of Big Sky Barkery, teach us how to makedelicious treats for our furry friends. This class is prerecorded and posted on our YouTube channel.

 

big sky barkery logo

Thursday, August 19 @ 2pm
Tuesday, August 24, 2-3pm

Bees, Bees, bees!

Learn how to be a beekeeper.

Tuesday, August 24, 2-3pm

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