The OpenBooks Discussion Series, which runs October – May, continues on Thursday, December 5, at 7:00 pm, in the Montana Room of the library. Discussions are held on the first Thursday of each month. These discussions, sponsored by Humanities Montana and 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 teacher at UGF. For more information on this series call 453-0349
December’s selection is National Book Award Winner The Worst Hard Time by author and New York Times journalist Timothy Egan. This 2006 book tells the epic story of the great American Dust Bowl and its impact on the communities stricken with fear and choked with dust in the “dirty thirties”. It is a cautionary tale about the dangers of trifling with nature
The Great Falls Public Library is one of fifty libraries and National Park historic sites around the country selected to be part of a tour of a free traveling panel exhibition, Civil War 150. This tour is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. In conjunction with being a host to this unique historical exhibit, the library is also the recipient of a grant whose funds will sponsor public programming supporting the exhibit. The exhibit will be at the Great Falls Public Library from May 26 to June 16, 2014. The traveling exhibit and grant is sponsored by Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America. It is funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
In conjunction with planning programs for this tour, the Great Falls Public Library is seeking relatives of descendents of Civil War veterans. We are interested in presenting a program where personal stories from the war will be shared. We are interested in your stories and history and believe they are of significant historical and cultural import. Please contact Jude Smith at 453-0349 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Great Falls Public Library is hosting free drop-in sessions November 21, December 5 and December 19, 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.
Zestfully Peaceable Living
The Great Falls Public Library is hosting Dr. Robin Treptow, PhD, and her three-part series Zestfully Peaceable Living: Positive Psychology for Yourself, Your Loved Ones, & Your World. The free series starts on Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 pm. Part 1 will focus on, but not limited to, positive psychology for the self. Part 2 continues on Thursday, December 5 with focus on, but not limited to, positive psychology for others. Part 3 concludes the series on Thursday, December 12, focusing on, but not limited to, positive psychology for the world.
Dr. Treptow’s talks will be a combination of lecture, slides, questions and small group activites. Refreshments will be served.