Sundays & Mondays CLOSED
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 10 am- 8 pm
Fridays & Saturdays 10 am - 6 pm
The Great Falls Public Library is closing at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, December 24 in recognition of Christmas Eve and on Wednesday, December 31, in recognition of New Year’s Eve. The library will be closed on Thursday, December 25, in honor of Christmas Day and on Thursday, January 1, 2015, in honor of New Year’s Day.
Art @ the Library
In December and January, the Great Falls Public Library is hosting an art exhibit of handmade quilts from Big Sky Quilts. This exhibit will feature traditional, abstract, and unique quilts varying in size from small wall hangings to king sized in a wide array of colors, textures and patterns. Look for the latest in quilting styles to be included in this show. Also, folks visiting the library to view the quilt show will be able to participate in a contest with a small quilt awarded as the prize.
Also exhibiting at the library during these two months will be potter Don Marberg. Don is a veteran potter who has conducted pottery workshops at Paris Gibson Square and other venues over the years.
Little Free Libraries
Made possible by a grant from NeighborWorks Great Falls, funding from Friends of the Great Falls Public Library, hours of building and painting by numerous volunteers, and book donations from our community
Neighborhood Council #1 Neighborhood Council #6
Meadowlark Park Sunnyside Park
2801 Fox Farm Road 1412 High Street
Neighborhood Council #2 Neighborhood Council #7
Rhodes Park Carter Park
812 Central Avenue West 611 3rd Street South
Neighborhood Council #3 Neighborhood Council #8
Jaycee Park North Kiwanis
225 23rd Avenue Northeast 509 23rd Street North
Neighborhood Council #4 Neighborhood Council #9
Heren Park Lion’s Park
4415 4th Avenue North 2701 10th Avenue South
Neighborhood Council #5
3333 17th Avenue South
Foreign and Independent Film Series
January’s selection is the Norwegian award winning film Troubled Water. The Kolaborator is the selected short. It will be shown on Wednesday, January 7, 7:00 pm and Saturday, January 10, 2:00 pm.
Troubled Water tells the story of Jan, a young man recently released from prison for the murder of a child. He has always maintained his innocence. Putting the past behind him he takes a job at an Oslo church as an organist under his middle name Thomas. Here he earns community trust and respect. When he is recognized by the visiting mother of the murdered child, Jan’s past catches up with him. The film is in Norwegian with subtitles. It contains adult and violent situations.
Films will be shown each month on the first Wednesday and the following Saturday. The series, which runs September through May, is free and open to the public. Be forewarned, some films may contain strong language or adult situations. They are not rated by MPAA but in our brochures we have tried to indicate content. Brochures are available at the library.
Using the Years
The Great Falls Public Library is sponsoring a six-week writing workshop series taught by local writer Jenny Kunka entitled Using the Years Part II: A Writing Workshop for Older Adults. The series starts on January 15 – February 19, from 1 – 3 pm. It is designed for adults who have participated in one of the previous Using the Years classes or adults who have been writing and seek guidance on their work. Each class will provide time to write along with direction for their ideas and improvement of their work.
Class attendance is capped at 10 and registration is required. You may register by calling the library at 453-0349 or stopping by the library’s Information Desk. These classes are free.
Classes will include writing prompts, discussions on craft, and conversations about the issues that arise when writing about one’s own life. Participants will also learn how to effectively use details for more powerful storytelling.
Jenny Kunka has been a freelance writer for 14 years. In addition to regular work for the Great Falls Tribune, her articles have appears in Montana Magazine, The Empire Builder magazine, the River’s Edge, and other area publications. For well over 14 years, Ms. Kunka has been studying and practicing the craft of writing fiction and poetry. She comes to this class as a facilitator and fellow learner.
Page Forward Book Discussions
Page Forward Saturdays continues on Saturday, December 13, 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.
December’s selection is Short Stories by Dorothy Johnson. Johnson was born in Iowa, but moved to Montana with her family while still a child. While working at a newspaper in Kalispell, she began her writing career in the 1930s when she sold her first story to The Saturday Evening Post. She wrote many short stories, some of which were made into successful films. These include The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence, The Hanging Tree, and A Man Called Horse.
Page Forward Tuesdays continues on Tuesday, December 23, 7:00 pm, and continues on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
December’s selection is Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Ender's Game is a 1985 military science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card. Set in Earth's future, the novel presents an imperiled mankind after two conflicts with the "Buggers", an insectoid alien species. In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, children, including the novel's protagonist, Ender Wiggin, are trained at a very young age through increasingly difficult games including some in zero gravity, where Ender's tactical genius is revealed. The book was made into a film in 2013.
Explore, Discover, Connect:
An evening of TED Talks and Lively Discussion
TEDxGreatFallsLibrary continues on Tuesday January 20, 7:00 pm. TEDxGreatFallsLibrary is an evening of TED Talks and lively discussion. 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 Tuesday 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.
January’s selections are
Violence against women by Jackson Katz
How we turned the tide on domestic violence by Esta Soler
Let’s treat violence like a contagious disease Gary Slutkin
For more information of this new event call us at 453-0349. Visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/greatfallspubliclibrary and tweet us at https://twitter.com/GreatFallsLib.
The Great Falls Public Library is re-instating bookmobile service for city stops effective July 16 thanks to a generous donation of $5000 from Barb Teberg and Bill Tacke of Great Falls. Teberg and Tacke believe the bookmobile is vital to our community and want to see it continue. The donated funds will keep the bookmobile running in the city through the end of the calendar year. It is the hope of the donors that others will step up and fund it through the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2015). You can see the current bookmobile schedule here. Kathy Mora, library director, said, “The generosity of the donors is amazing. We know how important the library is to the community and it’s wonderful that bookmobile service to the city will continue for this year.”
Also, effective July 1, the following fee adjustments will be in effect: Interlibrary Loans will be $3.00 per item requested; notary services will be $3.00 per transaction; and black and white computer printouts will be $0.15 per copy.