Chattanooga Public Library Expands And Kicks Off Annual Summer Learning Program

Friday, June 3, 2016

The Make-Play-Read-Learn Summer Learning program kick off of the Chattanooga Public Library will take place on Saturday at the Downtown, Eastgate, Northgate. and South Chattanooga branches.  

Families will be signing up at library branches Saturday afternoon to enroll in MPRL
and receive their activity passport. Games and activities to kick off the “Best Summer Ever” will be happening at each location.

Kick off party times are:

South Chattanooga, 1-4 p.m.
Downtown, 2-5 p.m.
Eastgate, 2-4 p.m.
Northgate 2:30-5 p.m.

The Library announces:

? We now have new new citywide partnerships with established learning institutions and organizations, giving K12 students more opportunities than ever to register and participate in MPRL.
? MPRL Summer Learning program’s participation and reach is growing and we have set a citywide goal to enroll 4,200 participants earning 250,000 points collectively, breaking all of our records.
? Together we can help our children succeed and avoid slipping into the “summer slide” in the months between each academic new year.
? As our institution and our city continue to evolve, so do the literacies and the partnerships that are needed to foster and support a community of lifelong learners.
? Summer Learning at the Chattanooga Public Library is a wellloved and trusted community tradition in Chattanooga. Since 1956 generations of families and thousands of children have been participating annually in one of our city’s longest running literacy programs.
? Families will be invited to celebrate with other learners from across the city, as we conclude the
program with celebrations on July 30.

Registration Partners:

? The Chattanooga Youth and Family Development Centers, The Boys & Girls Club, Hamilton
County Department of Education’s Summer Schools, Girls Inc., Inner City Ministries, and Northside Neighborhood House

Activity Sponsors:

? Bessie Smith Cultural Center of Chattanooga, Center for Mindful Living, Chattanooga Zoo, Creative Discovery Museum, High Point Climbing and Fitness, Hunter Museum of American Art, Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, TechTown, Tennessee Aquarium, WTCI:
Tennessee Valley PBS

For Make. Play. Read. Learn. Passport Participants Visiting Partnering Agencies:

Bessie Smith Cultural Center
? Passports can be stamped at their front desk
? Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday – Friday, noon-4 p.m. on Saturday
? Exhibit for Summer is African American Baseball History
? Admission: Adults $7, Senior Citizens and Students $5, Ages 6-12 $3, Members & children 5 and under are free.

Center for Mindful Living
? Passports can be stamped at their front desk
? Open various hours according to classes
? Children ages 5 and up can attend a free yoga class on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. if they have their passport with them. They can get them stamped after the class.
? Groups should call ahead for space availability

Chattanooga Zoo
? Passports can be stamped in their gift shop (they have their own zoo stamp)
? Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
? Admission: Adults $9.95, Seniors 65 and up $7.95, Kids ages 3-12 $6.95, Kids ages 2 and under free.

Creative Discovery Museum
? Passports can be stamped at their front desk as you enter museum
? Open 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily during the summer
? Admission: Members free, General Admission $13.95, Military Price with ID $9.95, Local Police and Firefighters with ID Free (up to 4)
? $2 admission for up to 6 family members with EBT card
? Free Family Nights: Thursdays, June 9 and July 14 at 5:30 p.m.

High Point Climbing and Fitness
? Passports can be stamped at their front desk/register (they have their own stamp)

Hunter Museum of American Art
? Passports can be stamped at the admissions desk
? Open Monday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday noon-5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m.
? Admission: Adults $15, Children & Youth Ages 17 and under are free with a paying adult (up to 5, each additional child $5), Members Free, Active Duty Military and Personnel and their families free

Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
? Passports can be stamped at visitor information
? Open Tuesday – Saturday 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 12:30-4 p.m., closed on Monday
? Admission: Members free, Adult $10, Senior 65 & up $7, Child 4-11 $7

TechTown
? Passports can be stamped at checkin desk
? Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., First Saturday of each month 1-4 p.m.

Tennessee Aquarium
? Passports can be stamped at exit desk of River Journey building (admission not required to get stamp)
? Open 1-6 p.m. daily
? Admission: Adult $29.95, Child 3-12 $18.95, Child under 3 free

WTCI: Tennessee Valley PBS
? Passports can be stamped only during guided tours of the studio
? Free guided tours to kids (and parents) with passport: Wednesdays at 2 p.m.
? Groups can call Jennifer Crutchfield at 423-702-7815 to schedule a different time to tour.


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