Youth Program

Summer Reading Challenge Instructions

  • Starting June 1, pick up a printed reading log on Level Two of the library.
  • Return completed reading logs to Level Two staff any time until August 31.
  • Complete half the reading log (25 circles of half an hour reading each) and visit Level Two to claim the first prize – a free book!
  • Back by popular demand, Read to Ride with the Western Montana Fair! In addition to choosing a free book, kids who complete half or more of their reading logs on or before July 26 can enter into a drawing for free rides at the Fair! Kids have a chance to win 1 of 50 ride booklets containing 6 ride vouchers or 1 of 10 “Golden Ticket” ride wristband coupons for unlimited rides for the whole week of the Fair! Bring your reading log with at least half of your summer reading completed to Level 2 library staff on or before July 26 to get your name in the drawing. Winners are eligible for one of these prizes only and will be notified on July 29.  
  • Return the completed log (50 circles of half an hour reading each) to Level Two on or before August 31 to receive a $5 Good Food Store gift card.

Don’t forget to check out our events below, happening all summer long! Click here for info about Teen & Adult summer programs.

Summer Learning Program reading log
Youth Summer Learning Program
Good Food Store

Everyday This Summer

June 1–August 24
Missoula Public Library

LIBRARY ADVENTURES SCAVENGER HUNT!

The library must be explored! Pick up a library scavenger hunt sheet on Level Two and start your quest! Follow the clues to find letters hidden throughout the library. Once you find all the letters, solve the puzzle and receive a prize!

June 1–August 24
Missoula Public Library

June

Sat, Jun 1 10:30am–12pm
Cooper Room

SUMMER LEARNING WITH KATE DICAMILLO!

Kick off the Missoula Public Library’s Summer Learning program with New York Times best-selling children’s book author, Kate DiCamillo. DiCamillo, winner of 2 Newbery Medals and former National Ambassador for Young Peoples Literature, will join us live via Zoom on June 1 at 11AM for a conversation about reading and writing with some of her well-loved characters such as Winn Dixie, Mercy Watson, Edward Tulane and many more.

 

Pick up your summer reading log and start your summer reading adventure with Kate and friends at your library. The event will have craft activities for kids to do as well.

 

Sat, Jun 1 10:30am–12pm
Cooper Room
Sun, Jun 2, 1:30–4pm
Cooper Room A

ALTERED BOOKS FOR EVERYONE

Be adventurous and create something new! Pick out one or more of our MANY discarded books and turn them into Art! Books, magazines, and art materials provided, and you can bring your own. All ages welcome so X-Acto knives and hot-glue guns will not be available. You are free to come and go and take home any books you don’t want to transform. Expect enthusiastic support, music, creativity, and fun for all.

 
Sun, Jun 2, 1:30–4pm
Cooper Room A
Tues, Jun 11, 2–3pm
Imaginarium

POLLINATORS: MAKE A BUTTERFLY PUDDLER

Join Eliza from the National Wildlife Federation as she teaches us all about pollinators and the Garden for Wildlife program.  Make a butterfly puddler to provide water for our fabulous flying friends. We’ll also make a puddler for our Level Two balcony pollinator garden.

Tues, Jun 11, 2–3pm
Imaginarium
Wed, Jun 12, 1:30–3:30pm
Imaginarium & MCAT

MCAT MEDIA SHENANIGANS

Want to picture yourself in outer space or a remote jungle? Want to give yourself a spooky or wacky voice? Join our partner Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT) as they put you in wacky digital backgrounds and/or give you a hilarious new voice. Get a taste of the many ways MCAT can help you customize your own movie or vlog or just have some goofy fun for an afternoon.

Wed, Jun 12, 1:30–3:30pm
Imaginarium & MCAT

July

Tue, Jul 2, 1–2pm
Art Box

BIRDING JOURNALS FOR KIDS

Bird is the word! Decorate your own birding journal to take home and practice your bird-watching skills with a fun interactive bird scavenger hunt.

 
Tue, Jul 2, 1–2pm
Art Box
Fri, Jul 12, 2–3pm
Imaginarium

THE HEARING DOG

Come see a demonstration about how dogs help those who are hard of hearing, or have other disabilities. Kids will get a chance to interact with the dogs and see them perform helpful acts and fun tricks.

Fri, Jul 12, 2–3pm
Imaginarium
Sun, Jul 14, 1:30–4pm
Cooper Room

ALTERED BOOKS FOR EVERYONE

Be adventurous and create something new! Pick out one or more of our MANY discarded books and turn them into Art! Books, magazines, and art materials provided, and you can bring your own. All ages welcome so X-Acto knives and hot-glue guns will not be available. You are free to come and go and take home any books you don’t want to transform. Expect enthusiastic support, music, creativity, and fun for all.

Sun, Jul 14, 1:30–4pm
Cooper Room
Sat, Jul 20, 1:30–2:30pm
Imaginarium

MISSION2MARS

This summer, MPL and spectrUM are teaming up to bring you Mission2Mars, an interactive program that invites you to delve into the mysteries of space with fun, hands-on activities. From exploring the Moon and Mars to unraveling the phenomena of solar eclipses, you’ll tackle challenges mirroring those encountered by real astronauts and scientists. You’ll expand not only your knowledge of space exploration but also cultivate essential problem-solving skills and forge connections with fellow young explorers. Join us after the Missoula Farmer’s Market for a fun summer adventure that will expand your horizons and ignite your imagination!

 

Youth Summer Learning Program

Sat, Jul 20, 1:30–2:30pm
Imaginarium
Sun, Jul 21, 1–4:30pm
Imaginarium

GAME DAY JR. @ MPL

It’s time to play! Kids are invited to explore a variety of fun board games during this drop in program. Drop in anytime to play a game with friends or learn a new game with our knowledgeable instructors. Come and discover your new favorite game!

Sun, Jul 21, 1–4:30pm
Imaginarium
Tues, Jul 30, 1:30–2:30pm
Imaginarium

BREAKING SOME MOVES–ALL ABOUT BREAK DANCING!

Come learn about one of the newest events at the Olympics, Breaking (also known as Break Dancing). Learn all about this unique dance style with a local break dancer who will teach us some moves.

Tues, Jul 30, 1:30–2:30pm
Imaginarium

August

Sat, Aug 3, 12–4pm
Cooper Room

SUMMER CELEBRATION

Join us for the library’s Summer Celebration, the perfect ending of our Adventure Begins at Your Library Summer Learning Program! Get ready for a day filled with live music, engaging activities, and boundless fun for all ages. Enjoy live music from local musicians and engage in an array of interactive activities. Help us bid farewell to a summer filled with adventure, learning, and fun!

 
Sat, Aug 3, 12–4pm
Cooper Room

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