The World in Which We Live
The Great Falls Public Library is hosting a three-part film series featuring documentary films from POV (Point of View), a subsidiary of PBS. These film screenings are free and open to the public.
Thursday, December 3, 7:00 pm
Meet the young students in Mr. Zingg's integration class, who came to Switzerland by planes, trains and automobiles—and even by rubber boats. Separated from their families and in many cases traumatized by events in their home countries, these migrants from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Serbia and Venezuela already have long and arduous journeys behind them. Neuland ("New Territory") follows the adolescents over two years as they struggle to learn a new language, prepare themselves for employment and reveal their innermost hopes and dreams. But as the end of school draws near, each student must face the same difficult question: Is there a place for me in this country?
Thursday, December 10, 7:00 pm
Art and Craft
Mark Landis is one of the most prolific art forgers of the modern era—and he isn't in it for the money. In the last 30 years he's copied hundreds of pieces, from 15th-century icons to works by Picasso and even Dr. Seuss, and then donated them to museums across the country. When a tenacious registrar discovers the ruse, Landis must confront his legacy and a chorus of duped professionals intent on stopping him. But Landis is a diagnosed schizophrenic, driven since his teens to escape "the life of a mental patient," and ending the con isn't so simple. A cat-and-mouse caper told with humor and compassion, Art and Craft uncovers the universal in one man's search for connection and respect. Official Selection of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Named a Top 5 Documentary by the National Board of Review.
Thursday, December 17, 7:00 pm
Dance for Me
Professional ballroom dancing is very big in little Denmark. Since success in this intensely competitive art depends on finding the right partner, aspiring Danish dancers often look beyond their borders to find their matches. In Dance for Me, 15-year-old Russian performer Egor leaves home and family to team up with 14-year-old Mie, one of Denmark's most promising young dancers. Strikingly different, Egor and Mie bond over their passion for Latin dance—and for winning. As they head to the championships, so much is at stake: emotional bonds, career and the future. Dance for Me is a poetic coming-of-age story, with a global twist and thrilling dance moves.
Greasing the Wheels of Gratitude
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Great Falls Public Library welcomes back by popular demand Greasing the Wheels of Gratitude presented by Alice Kestler on Thursday, November 19, 7:00 pm. This program is free and open to the public. Although not required, registration is encouraged. You can register by either calling 453-0349 or stopping by the 2nd floor Information Desk. Alice will walk people through techniques for making their own gratitude beads. Necessary tools and supplies will be provided. Along with sharing bead making techniques, Alice will also talk about the history and variety of prayer beads, upon which this practice is originally based. In this case, however, the focus of the beads will be on developing a daily practice of gratitude. It is not associated with a particular church, synagogue, or religion, but rather is focused on the personal practice of reflecting gratitude in one’s life. This is a technique that is incorporated in many positive life philosophies. Along with working in the Information Department at the library, Alice calls bead work one of her avocations. She has experience using beads as a spiritual practice, especially in making gratitude a part of her daily life. She looks forward to introducing this practice to others by helping them make their own beads.
TEDxGreatFallsLibrary continues on Tuesday December 15, 7:00 pm with Understanding the Refugee Crisis. TEDxGreatFallsLibrary, which is free and open to the public, continues on the third Tuesday of each month through June.
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. TED has created a program called TEDx, which 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 continues on the third Tuesday of each month. Each month we will show several 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.
December’s selections are
My Desperate Journey with a Human Smuggler by Barat Ali Batoor
A Boat Carrying 500 Refugees Sunk at Sea. The Story of Two Survivors by Melissa Fleming
Two Nameless Bodies Washed Up on the Beach. Here Are Their Stories by Anders Fjellberg
How to Help Refugees Rebuild Their World by Melissa Fleming
Page Forward Book Discussions
Page Forward Saturdays continues on Saturday, December 12, 10 am, and continues on the second Saturday of each month. This discussion group focuses on books by Montana authors.
December’s selection is The Big Sky by A.B. Gutherie. The Big Sky is the first of A.B. Guthrie's epic adventure novels of America's vast frontier. It is a story as great as the land that inspired it, sweeping westward from Kentucky, up the Missouri River into Indian Country. Towering above the novel is Guthrie's unforgettable hero, Boone Caudill, a true mountain man driven by a raging hunger for life and a longing for the blue sky and brown earth of the big, wild places. A legend before he turns 20, Boone becomes a powerful White Savage, an untamed life force that only one woman, the beautiful daughter of a Blackfoot chief, would dare to love. It is this magnificent spirit that Guthrie celebrates with his vivid storytelling--the glory of the bigness, the wildness, the freedom and undying dream of the West.
Page Forward Tuesdays continues on Tuesday, December 22, 7:00 pm, and continues on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
December’s selection is Snow in August by Pete Hamill. In Brooklyn in 1947, Michael Devlin, an 11-year-old Irish kid who spends his days reading Captain Marvel and anticipating the arrival of Jackie Robinson, makes the acquaintance of a recently emigrated Orthodox rabbi. In exchange for lessons in English and baseball, Rabbi Hirsch teaches him Yiddish and tells him of Jewish life in old Prague and of the mysteries of the Kabbalah. Anti-Semitism soon rears its head in the form of a gang of young Irish toughs out to rule the neighborhood. Strongly evoking time and place, Hamill serves up a coming-of-age tale with a hearty dose of magical realism mixed in.