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MJPL welcomes back in-person Festival of Words; summer reading challenges available

The Moose Jaw Public Library (MJPL) is anticipating a busy summer as schools prepare to unleash students on vacation: Check out their special events and regular monthly programming for something to do in July.
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The Moose Jaw Public Library. Photo by Jason G. Antonio

The Moose Jaw Public Library (MJPL) is anticipating a busy summer as schools prepare to unleash students on vacation. Check out its special events and regular monthly programming for something to do in July.

Children’s Programming

Storytime in the Park will happen on the lawn in front of the library every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. during the summer, beginning June 29 and ending August 31. Bring kids aged 2+ for stories, songs, and games.

Craft Mondays will begin July 4 and run until August 31. During open hours, kids aged 4+ can enjoy making an author-inspired craft in the children’s department. Ask library staff how to get started.

Baby Storytime will be on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., starting July 5. Adults will learn how to interact with their children to help them learn early reading skills. For ages 0-2 — registration is required.

Movie Matinee Wednesdays start on July 6. Every Wednesday at 2 p.m., children aged 0-12 can watch a movie on the big screen in the Library Theatre. Note that food and drink are not permitted in the theatre, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Lego Weekends are a self-guided activity during library open hours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, beginning July 8. Cool builds will be displayed in the library window. For ages 4+.

On Thursday, July 14 at 10 a.m., as part of the Festival of Words, author Kai Cheng Thom will read her newest book, For Laika: The Dog Who Learned the Names of the Stars. The reading will be on the lawn in front of the library for all ages.

The full Festival of Words schedule can be found on its website at festivalofwords.com/schedule.

On Saturday, July 30 at 10:30 a.m., Nanan Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Academy will hold a special STEM workshop for ages 8-12. Register on the library’s website at moosejawlibrary.ca/childrens-programs.

Summer Reading Club

The MJPL’s summer reading club packages are available now for adults, youth, and children. The challenges and activities can be worked on until August 31. There are additional prizes available for youth and children, and the teen Digital Dungeons adventure — using the Reader Zone app — is another engaging way to track summer reading.

Ask at the library circulation desk to learn more.

Youth Programming

The Teen Digital Dungeons & Dragons club on the MJPL Youth Discord channel will meet four times in July — July 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. for ages 13-19.

No experience required. Join a group of other adventurers for an unpredictable character-driven story that is unique and collaborative every time.

Register by emailing youth@moosejawlibrary.ca. The Discord server is https://discord.gg/HAs8rff.

The Teen Digital Anime Club for ages 13-19 will meet on Discord, Saturday, Jul 16 at 7 p.m. to watch Summer Days with Coo (2007). Register in advance to receive a Japanese Tokyo Treat Box to snack on during the movie.

The Teen eBook Club will meet over Discord on Tuesday, July 26 at 4 p.m. to read and discuss Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.

Adult Programming

Play Magic the Gathering on Saturdays, July 9 and 30 at 2 p.m. No experience required; decks are available to learn to play with.

The MJPL Movie Club will meet on Monday, July 11 at 6 p.m. to watch the classic, highly acclaimed film The Red Shoes (1948) by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Part romance, part thriller, and a remarkable art film, The Red Shoes tells the story of a ballerina headlining a new production.