Friends of the Great Falls Public Library Book Sale
In preparation for the Friends of the Great Falls Public Library annual spring book sale, which takes place in May, they are now accepting donations. Donations may be brought into the library at any time during library hours. The group is also holding Donation Days to accommodate larger donations and/or to provide assistance with donations. If you choose to bring your items in on these days, you go to the alley entrance of the library.
The Donation Day schedule is as follows:
Saturday, January 31 10 am – 2 pm
Saturday, February 28 10 am – 2 pm
Saturday, March 28 10 am – 2 pm
Saturday, April 25 10 am – 2 pm
All donations are appreciated, but the following will not be accepted:
Condensed Reader’s Digests
Items in Poor Condition
For more information call 453-0349.
Book Discussion Groups
In January the OpenBook discussion group meets on Thursday, January 8, 7 PM in the Montana Room. The group will discuss the book Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts. Discussions are held on the first Thursday of each month. 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 teacher at UGF. For more information on this series call 453-0349.
Page Forward Saturdays Page Forward Saturdays continues on Saturday, January 10, 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. In January the group will discuss Winter in the Blood by James Welsh.
Page Forward Tuesdays, which meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, will discuss Blind Justice by Alexander Bruce on Tuesday, January 27, 7:00 pm.
The OpenBook Discussion Group will discuss Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa Lee on Thursday, February 5, 7:00 p.m. Discussions are held on the first Thursday of each month. These discussions, sponsored by the Great Falls Public Library Foundation, are free and open to the public. Discussions are facilitated by Penny Hughes-Briant.
Page Forward Saturdays will discuss Bartender’s Tale by Ivan Doig on Saturday, February 21, 10 a.m. This group meets on the second Saturday of each month year-round at 10:00a.m. It features books by Montana authors or about Montana.
Page Forward Tuesdays will discuss Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown on Tuesday, February 24, 7:00 p.m. It meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Like the OpenBook group, it offers an eclectic selection of books for discussion.
Armchair Traveler Series
In January, the Great Falls Public Library is hosting a four-part Armchair Traveler Series on Thursday evenings at 7: 00 pm. These programs are free and open to the public. The schedule follows:
January 8 Japan with Jill Kanewischer
January 15 China and Tibet with Randy and Nora Gray
January 22 Ukraine with Dariya Mowry
January 29 Ireland with Kerry Callahan
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.