Upcoming Events



Armchair Traveler Series

The Great Falls Public Library is presenting an Armchair Traveler Series on various Thursday evenings September – November.  Each program will offer visuals, digital photos, and a narrative chronicling the speaker’s trip.  Programs are free and open to the public. 

Thursday, September 18, 7:00 pm, Angola with Kristen Cates

Thursday, October 2, 7:00 pm, South Korea with Kayce Milligan

Thursday, October 16, 7:00 pm, Jordan with Kristen Inbody

Thursday, October 23, 7:00 pm, France with Jim Heckel and Pam Smith

Thursday, November 6, 7:00 pm, Cuba with Carrie Calahan

Thursday, November 13, 7:00 pm, Turkey with Whitney Olson 




Montana Repertory Theatre Production


The Great Falls Public Library is hosting the University of Montana’s Montana Repertory Theatre’s Fall Educational Outreach production of Once Upon a Time in Ancient Greece on Thursday, October 9th at 7:00 pm.  This comedy by Larmie Dean is a fantastic and comic quest of mythical porportions.  Stheno, one of three sisters turned into hideous Gorgons by Athena for

catching the eye of Poseidon, is not going to take her sister Medusa’s murder lying down!  As the oldest of the three Gorgon sisters, she’s decided it’s up to her to confront Athena, bring back

the head of her sister Medusa, and right the wrong that has been thrust upon her family. While on her quest, she will seek the support of Heracles, look into the heart of Orpheus, and scrutinize Poseidon with regard to his role in her sister’s fatal attraction. Her descent eventually lands

her some face time with Hades, Lord of  the Underworld.

 Told in under 50 minutes, this epic story is played out by three actors donning a variety of Greek masks and employing puppetry, shadow play, and illusion to create this highly inventive theatrical experience.


This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Great Falls Public Library.






Explore, Discover, Connect:

An evening of TED Talks and Lively Discussion


TEDxGreatFallsLibrary continues  on Tuesday October 21, 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.

October’s selections are

How to truly listen by Evelyn Glennie                      How to use a paper towel by Joe Smith

How to tie your shoes by Terry Moore                     How to live to be 100+ by Dan Buettner

How to buy happiness by Michael Norton

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.” 

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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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