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Middle School/High School: Build a Better World – Summer Learning Programs 2017

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 and volunteerism.

Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation, all library summer events are free and open to the public. Free registration will be required for most events.

Beginning June 1, teens can pick up book review forms at the library service desk to earn prize tickets.

Preventing the “summer slide” continues to be the main objective of Belgrade Community Library’s summer reading programs. For many teen readers, the library is the only space offering free access to age-appropriate programs, resources, and expertise in their community.

The benefits of summer reading programming for teens:

  • Many teenagers find enjoyment in reading
  • Having a high level of literacy is needed for higher education and future employment
  • Most standardized tests that teenagers will take include a reading comprehension portion.

Middle School/High School Summer Reading

Our  teen  reading  incentive  program is  open  to  students  grade  5  through  12.  Participants  earn  tickets  for  prizes  by  turning  in  book  reviews.  One  book  review  =  one  ticket.  Students  may  review  any  book,  comic,  magazine,  or  audiobook  read  in  June,  July  or  August.  Prize  drawings  will  take  place  on  September  1,  2017. Please pick up review sheets at the service desk (beginning June 1).


Events will include a combination of fun and volunteerism. Students can help “Build a Better World” this summer through our program “Volunteens,” which will expose youth to areas of need in our community as well as provide hands-on volunteer opportunities during the summer. This free program will require registration. Students who register by May 29 get a free Belgrade Community Library “Volunteens” shirt.

Thursday, June 15 – Volunteens: Animal Lovers Part 1 – DIY Pet Toys (4:00 p.m.)

Animal lovers will make “do it yourself” (DIY) pet toys to be donated to the Heart of the Valley.

Thursday, June 22 – Volunteens: Animal Lovers Part 2 – Heart of the Valley (4:00 p.m.)

Volunteens will meet at Heart of the Valley to deliver pet toys, tour the facility, and learn about responsible pet ownership. Parental Release Form required to participate.

Thursday, June 29 – Volunteens: Operation Gratitude – Quick Deploy Paracord Bracelets for First Responders (4:00 p.m.)

Learn how to create quick deploy survival bracelets that we will donate to Operation Gratitude for use by volunteers assisting with natural disaster and crisis relief efforts worldwide. Not only are the bracelets really cool-looking, they can actually be used to save a life in an emergency situation. Students will also get to make a bracelet to keep.

Thursday, July 13 – Volunteens: Homeless Youth Care Packages – HRDC Youth Development Project  (4:00 p.m.)

The Youth Development Project from HRDC will visit the library to talk about their work. We will assemble care packages to benefit the homeless youth center.

Thursday, July 20 – Volunteens: Hunger in Montana – Gallatin County Food Bank (4:00 p.m.)

Help prepare for the summer “Food for Fines” program while learning about hunger in Montana. Bring your competitive edge as we decorate food collection boxes to encourage the community to donate canned goods. Which box will attract the most donations?

Volunteens Registration

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 children’s programs here: “Children: Build a Better World – Summer Learning Programs 2017.”

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