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Great Falls Festival of the Book
The Great Falls Public Library is hosting the 14th annual Great Falls Festival of the Book with literary events starting on April 23 and spread out through various dates until May 3. All events are free and open to the public. Sponsors of this year’s festival include the Great Falls Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the Great Falls Public Library, and Humanities Montana. The schedule is below:
Wednesday, April 23, 7:00 pm
Steering with My Knees: An Evening with Paul Zarzyski
Thursday, April 24, 7:00 pm
Montana UFOs & Extraterrestrials with Joan Bird
Saturday, April 26, 2:00 pm
Suspense on the Front: A Reading with Gwen Florio
Tuesday, April 29, 7:00 pm
Word Meister Contest
Thursday, May 1, 7:00 pm
Poetry Is Alive and Well with Tyson Habein, Allen Lanning & Traci Rosenbaum
Friday, May 2, 7:30 pm
Gala Reading with Saif Alsaegh, David Abrams, & Jamie Ford
Saturday, May 3, 2:00 pm
Self-publishing & Specialty Books with Sara Habein
The new book discussion groups introduced by the Great Falls Public Library this year continue in April. Due to unforeseen commitments, April’s Page Forward Wednesdays will be held this one month only on Thursday April 10, 7:00. This discussion will continue on the second Wednesday of each month.
April’s selection is the popular Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.
Page Forward Saturdays continues on Saturday, April 12, 10 am, and continues on the second Saturday of each month. This discussion group is unique in as much as each month’s discussion will be a celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage
in Montana and will focus on books written by and about Montana women.
April’s selection is Letters from the Yellowstone by Livingston author Diane Smith.
In the spring of 1898, A. E. (Alexandria) Bartram--a spirited young woman with a love for botany--is invited to join a field study in Yellowstone National Park. The study's leader, a mild-mannered professor from Montana, assumes she is a man, and is less than pleased to discover the truth. Once the scientists overcome the shock of having a woman on their team, they forge ahead on a summer of adventure, forming an enlightening web of relationships as they move from Mammoth Hot Springs to a camp high in the backcountry. But as they make their way collecting amid Yellowstone's beauty the group is splintered by differing views on science, nature, and economics.
Participation is free and open to the public. The groups meets in the Small Meeting Room in the basement of the library. A limited number of books will be available for checkout at the front desk of the library three weeks prior to each discussion.
Mayhem @ the Library: A Murder Mystery Contest
The Great Falls Public Library is hosting the second annual Mayhem @ the Library: A Murder Mystery Contest on April 26. Participation in this event is free and open to the public.
Here’s how the contest works: A crime has been committed! In order to solve this crime, participating detectives must come into the library anytime between 10 am & 3 pm on Saturday, April 26 to pick up case files. These files will have the necessary information to solve the crime. It will include a list of 15 downtown businesses that are clue sites. Participants will visit these sites, gather clues, and solve the crime. They must turn in their answers by 4:30 pm the same day.
Participants are invited to the library on Saturday, April 26 between 5 and 6 pm for a reception and the awarding prizes. Winners will be chosen in a drawing of the correct answers. Prizes include a downtown shopping package, consisting of over $300 worth of gift certificates from various downtown merchants; a dinner and overnight stay for two at the Grand Union in Fort Benton; and a wellness package including a gift certificate for a massage/bodywork by downtown therapist Marilyn Schneider, LMT, a gift certificate for yoga classes from downtown yoga studio Yoga for Wellness, and a gift certificate for bath and body products from Love 2 Inspire.
Sponsors of this year’s contest include: In Cahoots for Tea, Daisy’s Deli, Amazing Toys, Wines by Wednesday, The Restore, Runway, Great Falls Lumber, The Boutique by Studio Montage, Love 2 Inspire, the Great Falls Downtown Association, Friends of the GFPL, the Grand Union Hotel, 6Yoga for Wellness and Marilyn Schneider.
For more information call 453-0349.
VITA program offers free tax preparation to low-to-moderate-income (annual income under $51,000) individuals and families who cannot prepare, or need help preparing, their own tax returns. Certified volunteers sponsored by various organizations receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in communities throughout the country. VITA training involves classroom and/or online courses and self-study programs and an IRS certification exam. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools and colleges, shopping malls, and other convenient and well known locations Trained community volunteers provide assistance with special credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), and renter/homeowner Credit for the Elderly, for which taxpayers may qualify. In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, most sites offer free electronic filing (e-filing). Individuals taking advantage of the e-file program receive their refunds in half the time compared to returns filed on paper, and even faster if they have their refund deposited directly into a bank account.
The Great Falls Public Library is hosting free drop-in sessions on April 3 and April 17, from Noon to 1 pm. These sessions will offer training for using electronic gadgets to access and utilize various library materials, including MontanaLibrary2Go. From MontanaLibrary2Go, patrons may download audio and e-books for check-out. The sessions are not meant as general training or tech support for electronic gadgets, but rather as stated above geared towards using electronic gadgets in relation to various library resources.
Devices include, but are not limited to, e-readers, Smart phones, iPads, iPods, mp3 players and other comparable devices. If applicable, attendees are reminded to bring passwords and usernames. For more information on these ongoing trainings call the Information Services department at 453-0349.
Explore, Discover, Connect:
An evening of TED Talks and Lively Discussion
TEDx GreatFallsLibrary continues on Thursday, April 17, 7:00 PM. This program is free and open to the public.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. TEDxGreatFallsLibrary is an independently organized event licensed by TED. This event will continue on the third Thursday of each month.
Each month we will show three TED Talks videos featuring experts in their fields sharing cutting edge ideas, innovation, and progressive ways of applying expertise for the betterment of society. A lively discussion will follow.
April’s selections are:
Kelly Mcgonigal: Make stress your friend
Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work?
Dan Gilbert: The surprising Science of happiness
According to event organizer Jude Smith, “TED Talks” will open up your mind, regardless of the topic. I’ve found myself listening to various talks on subjects for which I thought I had no interest only to discover myself completely absorbed and inspired. We are excited to have the opportunity to share these talks with the community in an effort to spark discussion and community in the most positive of ways.”
For more information of this new event check our website at www.greatfallslibrary.org or by calling 453-0349. Visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/greatfallspubliclibrary and twit us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GreatFallsLib.
About TEDx, x= independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = an independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (These events are subject to certain rules and regulations developed by TED.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mixture of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane
Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende, and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posed daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDNews, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.
For more information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration
Art @ the Library
In March the library is hosting an art exhibit of works by students from the Great Falls Public schools in honor of Youth Art Month. The exhibit will include works from elementary to high school students. A reception, which will be free and open to the public, will be held on Friday, March 7, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Live music will be provided by members of the Great Falls High Jazz ensemble and refreshments will be served.
Also in March, the Ladies of Hibernia will have a small exhibit of Irish memorabilia and photos, commemorating Irish American Heritage Month.
In April the library is hosting an art exhibit featuring the work of Doris Boyle. An eclectic artist, Boyle will include paintings, collages, small sculptures, and other assorted surprises in her exhibit. A reception, that is free and open to the public, will be held for Boyle on Thursday, April 3, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.