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Dinosaur Accoutrements: What Good
Were They? with Jack Horner
Ever wonder what good dinosaur accoutrements were or why they matter? You have a chance to find out on Thursday, May 28, 7:00 pm at the Great Falls Public Library. The library is hosting Jack Horner, the world-renowned paleontologist, who helped create dinosaurs for the film Jurassic Park. Montana born and raised, Horner is best known for his work on the cutting edge of dinosaur growth research.
Horner has authored numerous professional papers and six popular books. Currently, he is the Curator of Paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies, the Regent's Professor of Paleontology, adjunct curator at the National Museum of Natural History, and teaches with the Honors Program at MSU in Bozeman.
Much of Horner’s current work in recreating a dinosaur has the potential to lead to new treatments for people suffering from spinal disorders and human sarcomas. George Lucas has been one sponsor for much of this current research.
Along with his valuable research and scientific discoveries, Horner is known to be an engaging speaker who makes science both accessible and fun for the layman. This program is free and open to the public.
Summer Reading Begins
The Great Falls Public Library’s Youth Services Department announces the beginning of the Summer Reading Program for children through 18 years of age on June 16. The summer reading program includes a variety of special activities, programs and challenges for youth to encourage reading and literacy, and to promote the notion that reading is fun as well as educational. Participants are awarded for completion of reading challenges and are eligible for drawing prizes.
The program runs through the month of July. All activities and events are free. The June programs are listed below. Contact Youth Services Librarian Nola Huey for more information at 453-0349, and stop into the library for a detailed listing of the guidelines for each age group.
Friends of the Great Falls Public Library Book Sale
The Friends of the Great Falls Public Library will hold its annual used book sale Wednesday, May 13 from 4-7 pm (This evening is for members only. If you are not currently a member, you may attend the sale by joining the group that evening for the $15 annual dues); Thursday, May 14 from 4-7 pm, Friday: May 15 from 11 am-5pm; and Saturday, May 16, from 11 am – 4 pm on the third floor of the Public Library. There will be no cost to attend the sale on May 14, 15, or 16. Saturday will be Sack Sale Day. People may purchase a bag of books for $2 or a box of books for $5 on that day only.
The public is encouraged to attend the sale to take advantage of great used books. All public support of this sale directly supports the library. Proceeds from this sale support various library projects regular budgets do not allow. The Friends have sponsored a wide variety of programs at the library over the years, including Montana Repertory Theater productions, musical performances, and the Festival of the Book. The group has also sponsored book kits available for check out for book discussion groups, Wii gaming, interactive computers for the Kids’ Place, and a variety of other projects for the Kids’ Place and library.
Friends of the Public Library is a voluntary organization that values, supports, and champions the public library in ways that include, but are not limited to, advocacy, sponsorship, and organizing special events and projects for the library, such as this book sale. Members can choose their own level of involvement, either through active involvement or through membership dues, with both levels supporting the library and the community. For further information or to assist with the sale, call Jude Smith at the library at 453-0349.
Book Discussion Groups
Discussion Series, which runs October – May, continues on Thursday, May 14, at 7:00 pm,
in the Montana Room of
the library for the final discussion of the season. These discussions, sponsored by the Great Falls Public Library Foundation, are free and open to the public. You may attend any and all of the discussions. Books are available at the library three weeks prior to each meeting. You will need a library card to check a book out whether you attend the discussion or just read the book. Discussions are facilitated by Penny Hughes-Briant, a former teacher at UGF. For more information on this series call 453-0349.
May’s selection is A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah. This account by a young man who, as a boy of 12, gets swept up in Sierra Leone's civil war goes beyond even the best journalistic efforts in revealing the life and mind of a child abducted into the horrors of warfare. Beah's harrowing journey transforms him overnight from a child refugee bereft of family, wandering from village to village in a country grown deeply divided by the indiscriminate atrocities of unruly, sociopathic rebel and army forces. Beah then finds himself in the army—in a drug-filled life of casual mass slaughter that lasts until he is 15, when he's brought to a rehabilitation center sponsored by UNICEF and partnering NGOs. The process marks out Beah as a gifted spokesman for the center's work after his "repatriation" to civilian life in the capital, where he lives with his family and a distant uncle. When the war finally engulfs the capital, it sends 17-year-old Beah fleeing again, this time to the U.S., where he now lives. (Beah graduated from Oberlin College in 2004.) Told in clear, accessible language by a young writer with a gifted literary voice, this memoir seems destined to become a classic firsthand account of war and the ongoing plight of child soldiers in conflicts worldwide.
Page Forward Saturdays
will discuss Angle of Repose by William Stegner on Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m.
This group meets on the second Saturday of each month. It features books by Montana authors or about Montana. Angle of Repose
(1971), the Pulitzer Prize winning novel,tells the story a wheelchair-using historian, Lyman Ward, who has lost connection with his son and living family and decides to write about his frontier-era grandparents.
, the Modern Library
ranked Angle of Repose
#82 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century
. Stegner lived in Great Falls for part of his childhood.
Page Forward Tuesdays will discuss The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larson on Tuesday, May 26, 7:00 p.m. It meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. It offers “fiction for fun” reads. This debut novel traces twelve-year-old genius map maker T.S. Spivet's attempts to understand the ways of the world. When he receives an unexpected phone call from the Smithsonian announcing he has won the prestigious Baird Award, life as normal is interrupted and a wild cross-country adventure begins, taking T. S. from his family home just north of Divide, Montana, to the museum’s hallowed halls. There are some answers here on the road from Divide and some new questions, too. How does one map the delicate lessons learned about family or communicate the ebbs and flows of heartbreak, loneliness, and love?
Art @ the Library
The Great Falls Public Library is hosting an art exhibit by eclectic artist Alma Winberry during the months of June and July. Alma’s art is an eclectic blend of paintings, sculptures, and unique one-of-a-kind pieces. No medium is taboo to Alma, who uses recycled material to create some of her whimsical sculptures. In an exhibit by Alma you may see fabric art, paper sculptures, pieces made of old car doors, hats, paintings, and more. With Alma every exhibit is as unique as her art. This year’s exhibit will feature a special section of talking sticks decorated by various community members. Along with unique designs, each talking stick will also have its own story.
A reception, which will be free and open to the public, will be held for Alma on Thursday, June 11, from 5 – 7 pm.