ImagineIF Libraries

Summer Experience

Explore literacy, science, art, and nature all summer long!

Summer Experience encourages children and teens to enjoy books, explore science, and discover new adventures all summer long. There is no cost to participate.

Starting June 12th, children can pick up a scrapbook and teens can pick up a gameboard at any ImagineIF location.

Click the links below to learn more.

Summer Experience Events for Kids

Kids doing science experiment at library

Summer Scrapbook (For children birth to 10 years)

Document what you read and do this summer using a DIY scrapbook and uniquely designed stickers. Pick up your scrapbook, sticker sheet, and a special writing tool at any ImagineIF location beginning June 12th. During the month of August, share a picture of a finished page in your scrapbook in our online gallery and be entered into a grand prize drawing.

Summer Experience Programs by Location (June 12 – Aug 12)


Early Learners (ages 3-5): Monday & Tuesday, 11am

Kids (ages 6-11): Thursday, 11am


Columbia Falls:

Early Learners (ages 3-5): Monday & Thursday, 11am

Kids (ages 6-11): Wednesday, 11am


Bigfork (at Ark Building):

Early Learners and Kids: Thursday, 11am

Kids Summer Experience Programs

Download a list of Kids Summer Programs HERE

Summer Experience For Teens

Teens doing art at library

Teens, get ready for a summer adventure with ImagineIF Libraries’ Teen Expedition Gameboard! Starting June 12th, make your way to any ImagineIF location and pick up your gameboard to begin your epic journey. With our gameboard, you’ll take on a series of reading and learning challenges, navigating your way across the map and staying up-to-date on all the exciting teen summer programming happening at the library.

Don’t miss out on this chance to become the ultimate survivor! Complete your map by August 12th to earn an epic reward. So what are you waiting for? Gear up and hit the trail, because this is a summer you won’t want to miss!

Teen Workshops

Quick Printmaking

Have you heard of the art process of printmaking? In traditional printmaking you create a design on a template and then print it, and reprint it, onto textiles. Quick Printmaking is an event to experiment with this process quickly. We’ll provide all the supplies (including blank t-shirts!) so just bring yourself and your ideas!

ImagineIF Kalispell Teen Zone: July 12, 3:30pm & Aug 2, 3:30pm

ImagineIF Columbia Falls Teen Zone: June 30, 3:30pm


Adventure Notebook Painting

Join us for a painting experience with gesso and acrylic paint! Explore your creative side to personalize a provided sketch book perfect to take on all your summer adventures!

ImagineIF Kalispell Teen Zone: June 28, 3:30pm & July 19, 3:30pm

ImagineIF Columbia Falls Teen Zone: July 28, 3:30pm


Survival Gear DIY

From wilderness scenarios to day-to-day situations, 3D printing can have an array of practical applications. Check out these applications and more survival DIY IRL at Survival Gear DIY!

ImagineIF Kalispell Teen Zone: July 5, 3:30pm & July 26, 3:30pm

ImagineIF Columbia Falls Teen Zone: July 14, 3:30pm


Teen Events

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament

Battle it out to see who’s the ultimate at our Super Smash Bros. tournament! Enjoy pizza, snacks, and crafts while cheering on your friends. *Must enroll by 2:10 p.m. day of to participate in the tournament.

Ark Building (Future Home of ImagineIF Bigfork): July 15, 2pm


Anime At Dusk

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic, and come wrap up Summer Experience with anime at dusk! Our Fandom group will be showing Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry on their 200-inch inflatable screen! Parents are encouraged to attend as chaperones for their teens. Stop by any ImagineIF location to register or register on the day of the event at the Ark Building from 8:10-8:30pm.


Please check our website or call (406)758-5820 for event updates.


Download Teen Expedition Gameboards

Click Here to Download Teen Gameboard

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