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Adventure Awaits: Missoula Public Library’s Summer Learning Program Starts June 1

Post Date:05/29/2024 4:13 AM

The Missoula Public Library will launch of its annual Summer Learning Program, themed "Adventure Begins at Your Library," this Saturday, June. 1. Throughout the summer, MPL invites children, teens and adults alike to go on a quest for knowledge, creativity and fun. The Summer Learning Program and reading challenge helps reader stay engaged by offering hands-on activities, engaging presentations and entertaining programs for everyone.

MPL will kick off the program by welcoming New York Times best-selling children’s book author Kate DiCamillo. The library will host DiCamillo live via Zoom at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, for a conversation about reading and writing with some of her well-loved characters, such as Winn Dixie, Mercy Watson, Edward Tulane and more.

Also starting Saturday, patrons can pick up a printed reading log for young readers on Level Two or Library Bingo cards for teens and adults on Level Three of the library. Reading logs completed by Saturday, Aug. 31, will be eligible to win fabulous prizes. Summer Learning Program events cover everything from the Mission2Mars program to Apsen Decker’s “Voices of the Valley: Salish Language, Art, and History.”

“Our theme this year, ‘Adventure Begins at Your Library,’ aims to spark curiosity and encourage vibrant, creative and healthy communities through the magic of stories and adventures,” said MPL Director Slaven Lee. “We’re excited to offer a diverse range of programs that cater to all age groups, ensuring everyone can find their adventure at the library and beyond this summer.”

The popular Read to Ride drawing also will return this year’s Western Montana Fair at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. In addition to choosing a free book, kids who complete half or more of their reading logs by Friday, July 26, can enter a drawing for free rides at the Fair. Kids have a chance to win one of 50 ride booklets containing six ride vouchers or one of 10 “Golden Ticket” ride wristband coupons for unlimited rides for the whole week of the Fair. Winners are eligible for one of these prizes only and will be notified on Wednesday, July 29. 

Come to Missoula Public Library for an unforgettable summer filled with books, creativity and new discoveries. Sign up or learn more about the program at or stop by the library. Sign up for the Missoula Public Library Program Guide at