Great Falls Public Library

301 2nd Ave North
Great Falls, Montana 59401

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Tu-Th 10am - 8pm
Sun 1-5pm, Oct-May



           Mondays, Fridays & Saturdays                           10 am - 6 pm

           Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays                10 am – 8 pm

           Sundays                                                                   1pm- 5pm

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

Great Falls’ own bard and performer extraordinaire shares excerpts of his most recent work, Steering with My Knees, along with past writings, and perennial favorites.  Paul is a master poet, writer, and entertainer, delivering his work with panache and delight.  

Thursday, April 24, 7:00 pm

Montana UFOs & Extraterrestrials with Joan Bird

In 1950, two spinning disks flew over Great Falls, Montana, and were filmed on a hand-held camera. Today, those “flying saucers” in the now-famous “Montana Movie” still defy conventional explanation.  In the 1960s, UFOs were reported at Minuteman missile silos in Montana. In separate incidents while a UFO was overhead, armed and ready nuclear missiles were suddenly deactivated as missile launch officers watched helplessly. The U.S. Air Force ordered these men never to tell anyone what happened. Montana UFOs & Extraterrestrials critically examines these and other UFO events in Montana, including reported contact with extraterrestrials. Drawing on recently declassified government documents, historic reports, and first-hand interviews, Ph.D. zoologist and author Joan Bird presents compelling evidence that UFOs are real, have frequented Montana’s Big Sky, and have landed in the state. This book also introduces readers to significant UFO incidents in the U.S., to official government investigations such as Project Blue Book, and to major figures in the study of UFOs.


Saturday, April 26, 2:00 pm

Suspense on the Front: A Reading with Gwen Florio


Former Great Falls Tribune journalist Gwen Florio has covered stories ranging from the shootings at Columbine High School, to the glitz of the Miss America contest. She’s reported from Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, as well as Lost Springs, Wyoming (population three). Her journalism has been nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize and her short fiction for the Pushcart Prize.  She was recently awarded a Pinkley Prize for her first work of fiction, the suspense novel Montana.  Her second suspense novel Dakota has just been released. 


Tuesday, April 29, 7:00 pm

Word Meister Contest

 The annual Word Meister Contest combines love of words, healthy competition and a drive for the Great Falls Food Bank.  Previous competitors have included teams from the Great Falls Tribune, local TV stations, and Great Falls High School.  Former Great Falls Public Library Director Jim Heckel and KRTV personality Art Taft co-host.


Thursday, May 1, 7:00 pm

Poetry Is Alive and Well with Tyson Habein, Allen Lanning & Traci Rosenbaum

Three local poets, Tyson Habein, Allen Lanning, and Traci Rosenbaum read.  Tyson is the 2013 Humanities Montana Festival of the Book Poetry Slam winner, Allen is a slam poet who also writes fantasy and historical fiction, and Traci, a regular at poetry slams, is writing her thesis on poetry.



Friday, May 2, 7:30 pm

Gala Reading with Saif Alsaegh, David Abrams, & Jamie Ford

Saif Alsaegh grew up in Baghdad, was educated in California, New York, and Montana, and continues to write and perform his poetry.  His most recent book is Iraqi Headaches. 

David Abrams’ short stories have appeared in Esquire, Narrative, and other literary quarterlies. His award-winning novel about the Iraq War, Fobbit, was on numerous best seller and best of the year lists in 2012. Abrams retired in 2008 after a 20-year career in the active-duty Army as a journalist. He was named the Department of Defense's Military Journalist of the Year in 1994 and received several other military commendations throughout his career. In 2005, he joined the 3rd Infantry Division and deployed to Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He now lives in Butte, Montana with his wife.

Jamie Ford is the great grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung.  His debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and went on to win the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.  His work has been translated into 34 languages.  His most recent novel is Songs of Willow Frost.  Jamie lives in Great Falls with his wife and family.


Saturday, May 3, 2:00 pm

Self-publishing & Specialty Books with Sara Habein

Sara Habein will focus on how to get one’s work out into the world.  She will offer insights for managing a project’s details, overcoming self-doubts, and useful resources.  Sara is the author of Infinite Disposable, a collection of micro-fiction, and a staff writer for Persephone Magazine.  She is the editor of Electric City Creative, a Great Falls-based arts organization and for the small press Nouveau Nostalgia.


Page Forward

 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.




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.”

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.)

About 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 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, 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.

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For more information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit

Art @ the Library

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.


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