Gardening in a New Light
The Great Falls Public Library is hosting Brian Rodgers on Saturday, March 1, 2:00 pm in his program Gardening in a New Light: Aquaponics. Aquaponics combines aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, crayfish or prawns) and hydroponics (cultivating plants in water). It is economical, emphasizes sustainability, and allows the gardener to create a controlled environment that eliminates dependence on weather, pests, and other factors common in traditional gardening. Brian is an experienced aquaponic gardener.
This program is free and open to the public. For more information call 453-0349.
The OpenBooks Discussion Series, which runs October – May, continues on Thursday, March 6, at 7:00 pm, in the Montana Room of the library. 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.
March’s selection, The Paris Wife (2011), a novel by Paula McLain, tells the story of the marriage of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the 28-year-old Hadley and 20-year-old Ernest set off for Paris, where they become the golden couple in the lively group – the fabled “Lost Generation” – that included Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris. While Ernest struggles to find his voice as a writer, Hadley struggles to hold onto her sense of self. This is a heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty made all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemmingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.-
The Great Falls Public Library is presenting two POV films in March. POV is the award-winning documentary series. These films are free and open to the public.
Ping Pong will be shown on Thursday, March 6, at 7:00 pm. Call this old age, extreme edition: Eight players with 703 years between them compete in the Over 80 World Table Tennis Championships in China’s Inner Mongolia. British players Terry, 81, who has been given a week to live, and Les, 91, a weightlifter and poet, are going for the gold. Inge, 89, from Germany, has used table tennis to paddle her way out of dementia. And Texan Lisa, 85, is playing for the first time. Ping Pong is a wonderfully unusual story of hope, regret, friendship, ambition, love—and sheer human tenacity in the face of aging and mortality.
5 Broken Cameras will be shown on Thursday, March 13, at 7:00 pm. Nominated for an Oscar®, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal first-hand account of life and nonviolent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village where Israel is building a security fence. Palestinian Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, shot the film and Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi co-directed. The filmmakers follow one family’s evolution over five years, witnessing a child’s growth from a newborn baby into a young boy who observes the world unfolding around him. The film is a Palestinian-Israeli-French co-production.
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 on Thursday, March 6 and March 20, 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.
Donations Days for Friends Book Sale
The Friends of the Great Falls Public Library announced that they will be holding special book donation days in preparation for their annual used book sale held in May. The dates of this year’s sale are May 14, 15, 17, & 18.
If you have items you’d like to donate for this sale, you can bring in those donations on one of the scheduled donation days. The advantage of the donation days is especially noticeable for those with more than a small donation. On these scheduled donation days, you bring your items to the library’s garage, in the alley behind the building. Volunteers will be available to assist, especially with transferring donations from your car to the building.
Dates for the donation days are as follows:
· Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 am – 2 pm
· Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 am – 2 pm
· Saturday, March 22, 10 am – 2 pm
· Saturday, April 26 10 am – 2 pm
All donations are appreciated, but the Friends will not accept the following:
· Items in poor condition
· Condensed Reader’s Digests
You can bring your donations into the library anytime during operating hours, but assistance cannot be guaranteed except on scheduled donation days.Proceeds from the book sale are used to sponsor special library programs and projects that the library’s budget cannot cover. Anyone interested in more details, volunteering for the book sale or donating books can contact Jude Smith at 453-0349 or email@example.com.