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Blaine County Library


June 16, 2021

We had a nice turnout for our first Tuesday Summer Reading Program. A shout out to Deputy Kokkeler, who came and talked to the kids about his job, read a book and handed out some fun swag, courtesy of the Blaine County Sheriff's Office. Last week we had Rob Buhman and Connlin Brown come and talk about bees. This week Clinton Brown came and talked about being a cowboy. Next week Mitchel Smith will come talk about being a Navy Sailor. We are so thankful that community members have agreed to take time to come talk about their jobs to our Summer Reading kids! There will be a Summer Library Program every Tuesday afternoon for all ages at 1:30 p.m. through July 27th. Each program will last around 45 to 60 minutes. There will be a guest speaker, stories, games, activities, and treats each week.

Children of all ages are invited to join the Blaine County Library's Summer Reading Program and attend the fun programs and events we have planned. Children who join the summer reading program keep their minds active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and ready to succeed.

Kids can sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge anytime. For every two hours read, they will be able to enter their name into our Summer Reading prize drawings. There will also be small prizes awarded for every two-hour entry and a certificate to the Creamery after completing 15 hours of reading. Pre-readers are encouraged to participate by having someone read to them. The final day to turn in reading logs will be 5:00 p.m. Friday August 13th. We will draw for prizes that day and determine the winner of the pizza party. The reader in grades K through 6 with the most hours read will win the after-hours pizza party. Computers are available for taking Accelerated Reader tests so kids will be able to get a head start on AR points for the fall.

This year we are offering a prize for grades 9 through 12 and a prize for adults to enter with every book read!

We are excited to continue our Traditional Storytime this summer which is tailored to the needs and interests of a younger age group and is a wonderful opportunity for your younger children to get involved with our Summer Library activities. This program will take place every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. and will last around 45 minutes. Each week we will read stories, sing songs, have dance parties, and use musical instruments and scarves.

We will have a Story Walk at the Meadowlark Mondays and Thursdays during the Summer Lunch pickup, from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. Beat the Heat Movies will be Mondays at 1:30 and Hangout for 7th and 8th graders will be from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Hangout for 5th and 6th graders will be Tuesdays from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. LEGO/STEAM Club will be Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. We will have LEGOs, STEM toys and art projects available. Once a month we will have a family movie outside the library in the evening.

We will have information about our guest speaker and what movie will be playing each week on our Facebook and Instagram pages. We look forward to spending time with you and your children this summer. Please contact us with any questions at (406) 357-2932 or email us at or message us on Facebook.

The last three books in the Hope Harbor series by Irene Hannon are ready to go this week. They include Pelican Point, Driftwood Bay and Blackberry Beach. All the Forgiveness by Elizabeth Hardinger is set in Appalachia and the Midwest at the turn of the twentieth century and inspired by the author's family lore. This exquisite novel paints an intimately rendered portrait of one resilient farm family's challenges and hard-won triumphs--helmed by an unforgettable heroine. That Summer by Jennifer Weiner is a novel of intrigue, secrets, and the transformative power of female friendship. If you are looking for some non-fiction, we have Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II by Daniel James Brown. This is a gripping World War II saga of patriotism, highlighting the contributions and sacrifices Japanese immigrants and their American-born children made for the sake of our nation.


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