This year the library challenges children and teens to “Build a Better World.” Through fun learning activities and a reading program, students will have the opportunity to learn more about our world, building, and conservation.
Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation, the library has a full slate of family events planned. All library events are free and open to the public. Free tickets or registration will be required for most events.
Beginning June 1, children and teens can pick up summer learning folders at the library service desk to earn fun incentives.
Preventing the “summer slide” continues to be the main objective of Belgrade Community Library’s summer reading programs. For many families with elementary-aged children, the library is the only community space available during the summer months where they can access free educational and cultural enrichment activities and programs.
The benefits of summer reading programming for children:
- Children are motivated to read.
- Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.
- Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.
- Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery.
- Children have access to experiences through which they can learn to work cooperatively.
Children’s Summer Reading Schedule
Tickets will be available one week before each scheduled event at the library service desk. For all events, two 45-minute sessions will be offered, the first at 1:00 p.m. and the second at 2:00 p.m.
Families will build with LEGO bricks, boxes, craft sticks, origami and more. Come sign up for summer reading and collect your “Build a Better World” folder.
Wednesday, June 21: Rhythm Drums
Children will learn about world culture through storytelling, games and of course lots of DRUMMING! Presented by Chet Leach of Rhythm Drums.
Wednesday, June 28: The Great American Eclipse
Why is the 2017 total solar eclipse so special? Prepare for August 21st, 2017 as observers will see their daylight slip into minutes of darkness along a narrow strip of the continental US during the Great American Eclipse. Presented by the Montana Space Public Outreach Team (SPOT).
Wednesday, July 12: What’s the Buzz on Bees?
Learn about beekeeping, view an observation hive, and taste local honey. Presented by the Montana Honey Bee Company.
Wednesday, July 19: Reduce, Reuse, Reinvent, Recycle
Reduce, reuse, reinvent and recycle to help your community and the environment. Learn about the waste life cycle and make cool art with recycled goods. Materials provided by the Gallatin Solid Waste Management District.
Wednesday, July 26: Smokey Bear & the U.S. Forest Service
Your forest ranger heroes will be out to talk about conservation. Bring your camera for a special visit from Smokey Bear.
Family STEAM Events
Friday, June 23: Building with Code: Exploring Computer Programming through Minecraft (5:30 p.m.)
Families will learn about coding careers through a Minecraft adventure. The sheep aren’t moving, the chickens aren’t laying eggs, and zombies are just standing still. It’s up to you to add the code to make the Minecraft world work. Activities are designed for grades 3 and up. Dinner will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own dinner if you have special dietary restrictions or preferences. Sponsored by the Gianforte Family Foundation and offered in partnership with kidsLINK. Registration is required and will open June 1.
Monday, August 21: The Great American Eclipse Viewing Party (10:15-12:15 p.m.)
On August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States will see nature’s most wondrous spectacle—a total eclipse of the sun. Join the library in our parking lot for eclipse viewing, science, music, and BBQ lunch. Bring your own lawn chair!
Learn about middle school/high school programs here: “Middle School/High School: Build a Better World – Summer Learning Programs 2017.”
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