Ready 2 Read Goes Wild Trunks

Last Updated on 7/25/22

Description:

The Ready 2 Read Goes Wild program, a joint project between the Montana State Library and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, uses nature and Montana animals to spark kids' interest in language and literacy, math and science, and the natural world that surrounds them. This program was originally launched in 2010 and provided themed trunks with activity resources in them to libraries around the state. The Ready 2 Read Goes Wild program went on hiatus in 2019 so the Montana State Library could organize the program, and sort out logistical issues, and has now relaunched in 2021 with a Bear Trunk that is available at 5 participating libraries, listed below. We are also in process of piloting a Bat Trunk that is available at 4 participating libraries. 

Bear Trunk Libraries

  • Della VanSetten, Choteau/Teton Public Library
  • Stacie Rennaker, Darby Community Library
  • Karen Ketchu, Madison Valley Public Library
  • Andrew Boll, Stillwater County Library
  • Austin Castle, Glacier County Library

Bat Trunk Libraries

  • Molly Hudson, Lewis and Clark County Library
  • Ashley Martin, Havre-Hill County Library
  • Ann Brooks, ImagineIF Kalispell
  • Allynne Ellis, Billings Public Library

Anyone at these libraries with a library card in good standing can check out the trunks and use them for educational programming. Please contact the library directly if you have questions about the Bear Trunk, and how to borrow it. 

To read more about the 2021 relaunch of Ready 2 Read Goes Wild, please check out the following press release:

Program Overview:

Ready 2 Read is Montana State Library’s early literacy initiative, and the Ready 2 Read Goes Wild program is a partnership between MSL, Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, and public libraries to bring early literacy and outdoor education/awareness to Montana’s littlest citizens.

The Ready 2 Read Goes Wild program uses two outdoor education curriculums:

Montana FWP is active with Growing Up Wild and Project Wild, so if you are interested in learning more about either of these curriculums outside of the Bear Trunk, please feel free to do so!

Partnership with FWP:

The Ready 2 Read Goes Wild partnership with FWP originally started back in 2010 with Sara Groves, the previous Lifelong Learning Librarian. The 2021 relaunch was made possible with assistance from Ryan Schmaltz and Danielle Oyler at FWP, so thank you Ryan and Danielle for your hard work! 

Supplemental Materials

 

Ready 2 Read Goes Wild Archive (2010 - 2019)

Update November 2019:

The Ready 2 Read Goes Wild program has been placed on hiatus indefinitely. Many trunks have been recalled from public libraries and given to Fish, Wildlife, and Parks to use in their educational services. The following public libraries still have their trunks for local use:

  1. Missoula Public Library
  2. Bozeman Public Library
  3. Miles City Public Library
  4. Phillips County Library
  5. Glasgow City-County Library
  6. Daniels County Library
  7. Roosevelt County Library
  8. Sheridan County Library

Please also see the following email that was sent out on WIRED in November:

"While libraries and patrons have both reported on the value of these trunks, this program has posed a significant logistical challenge for many years, and the State Library has been reconsidering trunk programs in general and changing the way that we approach them. While we figure that out, we’ve decided to put the Ready 2 Read Goes Wild program on hiatus until further notice.

As to what “on hiatus” means, here is what is happening:

  1. I have been checking in with libraries that own the trunks, and asked them to send unwanted trunks back to MSL to give to Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. A few libraries have decided to keep the trunks for their own purposes, and are assuming responsibility and maintenance of the trunks.
  2. The trunks will be taken off of the OPI Learning Hub Course, Growing Up Wild. The nature themes of these trunks were a great supplement to the Growing Up Wild curriculum, so the OPI course recommended that teachers procure a trunk for practicum purposes as part of their class CE. However, now that the R2R Goes Wild program is on hiatus, that part will be removed from the course.
  3. If you come across a trunk floating around with no owner, please let me know! You can always send it back to MSL.

Please contact Amelea Kim if you have any questions regarding the R2R Goes Wild program, the decision to place it on hiatus, or anything regarding trunk programs in general! I’m more than happy to discuss in greater detail the reasoning behind these decisions, as well as hear any feedback or suggestions you may have."

Description:

The Ready 2 Read Goes Wild program, a joint project between the Montana State Library and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, uses nature and Montana animals to spark kids' interest in language and literacy, math and science, and the natural world that surrounds them. This program was launched in 2010 and provides trunks of materials and books to parents, teachers, caregivers, libraries, etc to use, with each trunk focused on a theme. The currently available trunks are owls, ungulates, bears, animal tracks, bugs, and water. Each trunk contains puppets, fiction and non-fiction books, tracks, and various animal parts. 

For more information, please look at the following: