Summer Experience

Summer Experience

This summer ImagineIF is brimming with joyful exploration for people of all ages! Come to the library and discover new ways to play.

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Early Explorers

For the littlest ones

Share smiles, stories, rhymes and more at this entertaining and interactive class for infants and toddlers and their caregivers.  Ages birth to 24 months.
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Super Scholars

Formerly Preschool Storytime.

With a special emphasis on independence and a focus on longer stories, listening, and taking turns, preschoolers in this class will gain skills they need for kindergarten success. Ages 4-5.
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Start learning early

Spanish or Russian or Hebrew, oh my!

Little Pim is language learning for young children. Kids love the animated panda and the simple, colorful videos.
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Ready 2 Read

Help your preschooler get ready to read!

Sign up to receive weekly text messages with simple early literacy tips. Send “SIGNUP” to 406.204.3583 to start receiving texts.
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Footloose Friends

Footloose Friends

For ages 2 to 4 years

Sing, dance, read and explore while also building social and emotional skills. This fun and interactive class is for toddlers and preschoolers who love to move!
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Kids

Upcoming Events


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The following are recurring events for infants to children age 5.
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Early Explorers (formerly Books & Babies)

Share smiles, stories, rhymes and more at this entertaining and interactive class for infants and toddlers and their caregivers. Rhythm and repetition form a foundation for learning by strengthening language connections in the brain. Participants will also learn fun techniques for using books, songs, and rhymes at home. (birth to age 2)


Footloose Friends (formerly Toddler Time)

Sing, dance, read and explore while also building social and emotional skills. This fun and interactive class is for toddlers and preschoolers who love to move! Bring your sense of fun for the included messy and sensory play that helps prepare children for future learning success. Caregiver participation encouraged. (ages 2-4)


Super Scholars (formerly Preschool Storytime)

With a special emphasis on independence and a focus on longer stories, listening, and taking turns, preschoolers in this class will gain skills they need for kindergarten success. Sessions will also include fun songs, movement and basic literacy concepts, as well as math and science exploration. (ages 4-5)


Find a cool new book!


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Early learning online games and hot sites for exploring

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Popular games & activities for school aged children

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Summer Experience 2019 Book List

The Youth Services team collected the following books to read to children during our Summer Experience programs. We generally choose two or three titles from the list to read during each program, depending on book availability, staff preferences, and the developmental ages of the program participants. We may also discover an ideal book the day of a program and choose to read it instead of a previously chosen title. We selected these books to address the programs’ educational goals, to appeal to a variety of ages, and to be great read-alouds. We welcome conversation with community members about Early Literacy Class literature selectionIf you have any questions about our classes, please give Ellie Newell, our Youth Services Librarian, a call at (406)758-5826 or email us at asklib@imagineiflibraries.org. 

 

MONTANA MAPAPALOOZA 

Who Was Here –Posada 

Walk on the Wild Side –Oldland 

Wild –Hughes 

Little Owl Lost –Haughton 

B is for Big Sky Country –Collard 

Up the Creek –Oldland 

Making the Moose out of Life –Oldland 

Habitat Spy –Kieber-King 

The Bear Went Over the Mountain –Trapani 

Shep –Collard 

One-Dog Canoe –Casanova 

Scare a Bear –Wargin 

This Land is Your Land –Guthrie 

Bull Trout’s Gift –The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes 

Looking for a Moose –Root 

Trout Trout Trout Park 

 

SIMPLE MECHANICS 

Rube Goldberg’s Simple Normal Humdrum School Day –George 

The Most Magnificent Thing –Spires 

What Do Wheels Do All Day –Prince 

Simple Machines –Ward 

Just Like Rube Goldberg –Aronson 

Simple Machines –Adler 

 

WOBBLERAMA 

Bigger Than You –Kyung 

Stack the Cats –Ghahremani 

Balancing Act –Walsh 

Bring Me a Rock –Miyares 

Yertle the Turtle –Seuss 

So Light, So Heavy –Strasser 

Balance the Birds –Ghahremani 

 

MOVED BY ART 

Deer Dancer –Ray 

Mix It Up! –Tullet 

Ish –Reynolds 

Art & Max –Wiesner 

The Dot –Reynolds 

Art –McDonnell 

Rabbityness –Empson 

Bob The Artist –Denchars 

Wendell the Narwhal Dove 

 

FLY BY NIGHT 

Stellaluna -Cannon 

Night Animals –Marino 

Bats at the Library –Lies 

Bat Loves the Night –Davies 

Hello, Bumblebee Bat –Lunde 

Bats –Riggs 

Bats –Richardson 

Bats –Mason 

Baby Bat’s Lullaby –Mitchard 

Nightsong –Berk 

Zipping, Zapping, Zooming Bats -Earle 

 

TIMBER! 

Construction Cat -Odanaka 

Tools -Miura 

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site –Rinker 

Tool School Holub 

Construction Zoo –Thorne 

Alphabet Under Construction -Fleming 

This House Once –Freeman 

Monkey with a Tool Belt –Monroe 

Everything You Need for a Treehouse -Higgins 

 

BUBBLE WONDERFUL 

Bubble Trouble –Mahy 

Time for a Bath –Jenkins 

Bubble Homes and Fish Farts –Bayrock 

Bubbles –Chase 

Bubble Bath Pirates –Krosoczka 

Big Bad Bubble –Rubin 

Bubble Bubble –Mercer Mayer 

The Big Red Bath –Jarman 

Pop! A Book About Bubbles –Bradley 

Pop! –Eaton 

Harry and Horsie –Van Camp 

Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm –Cowley