The Flathead Valley’s ImagineIF libraries have a full slate of fun special events and activities planned this summer. Here’s a look at what’s happening:
Summer Experience — Fizz Boom Read! Become super scientists this summer. Complete an exciting game board for prizes including books, waterpark passes, ice cream and other cool stuff. Grand prizes are a Cubelets robot set or $25 gift certificate to the Imagination Station.
Beginning June 9, register at any ImagineIF location or call 758-5822 for more information. Open to infants through children entering fifth grade.
Marimba Beat — Enjoy the summery sounds of the Tropical Montana Marimba Ensemble to kick off Summer Experience 2014.
— ImagineIF Kalispell: June 17, 11 a.m. to noon.
— ImagineIF Columbia Falls: June 18, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Bubbleology —Celebrate summer by blowing some bubbles!
— ImagineIF Bigfork: June 18, 10 to 11 a.m.
Bug Watch — Investigate the incredible lives of insects.
— ImagineIF Kalispell: June 18, 11 a.m. to noon
Sense-sational — See what happens when you put all of your senses to the test.
— ImagineIF Kalispell: June 24 and 25, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Technobots — Would you like to build a robot? Discover how loose parts and pieces can come together to make something awesome.
— ImagineIF Bigfork: June 25, 10 to 11 a.m.
Wild Weather — What makes a tornado or hurricane? You might leave this program feeling a little wind-blown.
— ImagineIF Columbia Falls: June 25, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Events for teens
Explore your neighborhood, read, go on adventures and discover new things via an epic summerlong adventure. Beginning June 9, register at any ImagineIF location or call 758-5815 for more information.
Prizes include books, gift certificates to local businesses and other cool stuff. Grand prizes are an electric bike or a $50 gift card to Kalispell Center Mall. Open to teens entering grades six to 12.
Teen Summer Workshop: DIY Bubble Gum and Fizzy Pixie Sticks.
Use interesting substances to make a batch of delicious chewing gum and fizzing pixie sticks.
— ImagineIF Kalispell: June 26, 2 to 4 p.m.
Teen Summer Workshop: Super Strange Soap
Spark a reaction in your own bathtub. Mix up a batch of suds with surprises inside.
— ImagineIF Columbia Falls: June 25, 2 to 4 p.m.
Classes and Workshops
iPad Class — Explore the basics for successful iPad use, including apps, photos, settings and more. Bring your charged iPad if you have one, along with your passwords.
— ImagineIF Kalispell: June 4, 9 to 10 a.m.
— ImagineIF Bigfork: June 5, 10 to 11 a.m.
E-Reader Class — Find out how to download free library e-books and how to navigate your e-reader. Bring your e-reader if you have one, along with your passwords.
— ImagineIF Columbia Falls: June 10, 9 to 10 a.m.
Pedal Power — ImagineIF Libraries are on wheels. Look for the new book bike around town this summer. Find out how you can catch it on camera and get cool stuff in an Instagram challenge, #ImagineIFbookbike. Click it and win.
— ImagineIF Kalispell: June 9 to 14
— ImagineIF Bigfork: June 24
— ImagineIF Columbia Falls: June 25 to 28
Easy Do-it-yourself Pannier Project — Make these bike carriers and ride more, drive less.
— ImagineIF Kalispell: June 9, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Fix It Yourself — Basic bike maintenance and repair. Fix a flat, inflate a tire. Bring in your own bike. Get a free patch kit.
— ImagineIF Kalispell: June 12, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
— ImagineIF Columbia Falls: June 27, 3 to 5 p.m.