Flathead County Library System Revamps Summer Reading Programs

By Beacon Staff

The Flathead County Library System recently announced its Summer Experience 2013 for children and teens, a revamp of the popular summer reading program.

Summer Experience is a free program that encourages youth to enjoy books and adventures all summer long. Signup begins June 10 at all FCLS locations: Kalispell, Columbia Falls, Bigfork and Marion. Summer Experience concludes Aug. 17.

Brand-new this year is an experience log that suggests thought-provoking and exciting activities, encouraging youth to explore their imaginations and the world around them. Participants who complete at least eight activities – including ideas for children such as visiting a farmers market or starting a rock collection and, for teens, dismantling an mp3 player or creating a time capsule – can pick up a prize at the library and enter for a grand prize. Grand prizes for children include an iPad and gift certificates to the Imagination Station; teens will have a chance to win an iPad mini and a Kindle Fire.

Library locations will offer a variety of events for children and teens all summer. Program fliers with event information may be picked up at any FCLS location. For more details, call 758-5822 or visit here.

Events for Children
For children, the Summer Experience theme is “Dig Into Reading.” Through stories, songs and a variety of crafts, infants through children entering fifth grade will embark on a journey through themes such as gardens, underground animals, rocks and dinosaurs.

Kickoff celebrations include two concerts by local musical act The Bad Larrys, during which children will plant flowers outside the library. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
– June 11, 11 a.m., Kalispell

– June 12, 10:30 a.m., Columbia Falls

Events for Teens
For teens entering grades 6-12, the theme is “Beneath the Surface.” Teens are invited to the Main Library in Kalispell and the Columbia Falls Branch Library for Teen Summer Workshops. These will include building seed bombs, creating explosion boxes of memories and baking cake pops.

FCLS wishes to thank Park Side Federal Credit Union for their generous support in sponsoring the library’s summer programming for the sixth consecutive year.

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