Upcoming Events

Great Falls Genealogy Library

The Great Falls Public Library is hosting the Jan Thompson and Linda Long of the Cascade County Genealogy Society on Thursday, June 1, at 7:00 pm for the presentation A Unique and Priceless Collection.  This event is free and open to the public.

Tour the Great Falls Genealogy Library after hours.  Thompson and Long will offer a brief presentation on the venerable, 42-year-old Great Falls Genealogy Society Library, housed on the third floor of the library.  Participants will tour the Genealogy Library’s holdings, including county documents, world-wide resources, a unique Montana Collection, which complements the Montana Room holdings, and access to many electronic genealogy collections.  The library also holds significant collections from

all 50 states, Canada, and many European countries.

Foreign and Independent Film Series

The Great Falls Public Library’s Foreign and Independent Film Series concludes the season with the screening of the Austrian/German film Dark Valley on Wednesday, June 7, 7:00 pm and Saturday, June 10, 2:00 pm.  This series is free and open to the public.


June’s selection tells the story of a lone rider arriving in a small mountain village where no one knows him or wants him there.  The stranger introduces himself as Greider, a photographer from America.  The town’s patriarch, Old Brenner, provides him with shelter for the harsh winter

ahead.  Soon after the stranger’s arrival, a tragic accident leads to the death of one of Brenner’s beloved sons.  When another son is mysteriously killed, it’s clear this is not a coincidence.  The time has come for Brenner’s family to pay as Greider plans to settle a score long forgotten by everyone in the village but him. The film does contain adult situations.


The featured short is The Gunfighter.


Films are shown each month on the first Wednesday and following Saturday.  The series, which runs October through June, is free and open to the public.  Be forewarned, some films may contain strong language or adult situations.  They are not rated by MPAA but we have indicated content in the library’s brochures, which are available at the library.  This series is sponsored by the Great Falls Public Library Foundation


Ukrainian Delegation

The Great Falls Public Library and Friendship Force of Central Montana are co-sponsoring an evening with a delegation of five Ukrainian professionals who are visiting Montana to study environmental issues and learn about the USA on Thursday, June 8th, at 7:00 pm.  The Ukrainian delegates will present an evening program about their areas of expertise at this event, which is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.


The environmental specialties of the delegates include managing a large nature reserve, environmental law and policy, renewable energy and energy audits, petroleum and mineral leasing for exploitation, and pollution management. The Ukrainians visitors will also tell about their regions and their personal backgrounds.  The delegates, along with their facilitator and language interpreter, are participating in an Open World Leadership Program June 3-11, 2017, in Great Falls hosted by Friendship Force of Central Montana.  The delegates are staying in local homes in our community.


Friendship Force International is a volunteer organization in which the home-stay experience is key to connecting and communicating.  Carol Kimball, rcyk752804@gmail.com.   of Great Falls is the local contact person for the Great Falls chapter of Friendship Force.


Page Forward Book Discussion Groups

 The Great Falls Public Library’s Page Forward Saturdays Book Discussion Group will discuss Songs of Willow Frost by Great Falls author Jamie Ford on Saturday, June 10 10 a.m.  This group meets on the second Saturday of each month.  It features books by Montana authors or about Montana.

Page Forward Tuesdays will discuss Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling on Tuesday, June 27 7:00 p.m.  It meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. It offers “fiction for fun” reads.

Songs of the Cowboy: Romance and Reality


The Great Falls Public Library is hosting Western Americana singer-songwriter Almeda Bradshaw on Thursday, June 15, 7:00 pm, when she will present Songs of the Cowboy: Romance and Reality, a program that will explore the historical overview of the events and conditions that led to the cattle drive era cowboy and how this uniquely western figure entered into the hearts and homes of every American.  You will learn how the lowly cowboy laborer became our nation’s most endearing and durable folk icon.  She will use a combination of digital images, narration and song to illustrate her presentation.


This program, which is sponsored by the Great Falls Public Library Foundation, is free and open to the public.  For more information call 453-0349.


 Protect Yourself from Identity Theft and Elder Abuse

Learn how to protect yourself and loved ones from the ever-growing threat of identity theft and elder abuse at the Great Falls Public Library on Thursday, June 22, 7:00 pm.  Representatives of First Interstate Bank will provide an overview of this problem, along with ways to recognize it and protect yourself from falling victim to it.  All questions are welcome in the program, which is free and open to the public.


Book Tasting Party

Come to the Great Falls Public Library anytime in June to pick up your “blind date”.  You will choose an undisclosed, wrapped book with a book tasting menu inside.  Read this book and come back to the library on Thursday, July 13, 7:00 PM, to join other party-goers and discuss your “date” at the book tasting party.  Light refreshments will be served.  The library’s Page Forward Book Discussion groups are hosting this event.  For more information call 453-0349.


Summer Reading 2017!

The Great Falls Public Library Youth Services Department is thrilled to announce that our Summer Reading Program will begin on Saturday, June 10th and conclude on Saturday, August 12th.  Our Summer Reading theme is Build a Better World.  We look forward to bringing exciting free events to kids and teens from birth to 18 years and their families all summer long!  Please see your library staff for all the details.


The Great Falls Public Library Youth Services Department and local artist Alma Winberry invite kids age 5 to 18 to participate in the Crystal Castle Treasure Hunt.  This fantasy- and geology-themed invent will send young people on a new quest for information in the library and online each week and reward them for successful searches with unique and precious prizes.  The Crystal Castle Treasure Hunt will begin with a kick-off party on Friday, June 16th from 4:00 to 5:00pm in the Cordingley Room, and conclude with an exclusive hunt for real treasures for those who have completed the weekly challenges on Friday, August 18th from 4:00 to 5:00pm.


The Great Falls Public Library invites you to check out our One Book, One Community read, The Crossover by Kwame Alexander.  Told from the perspective of 12-year-old basketball player Josh, this novel in poems won the Newbery Award in 2015. It is recommended for readers age 8 and up. The Kids’ Place will give away a limited number of copies of this book starting in mid-June (one per family, please).  We will meet to discuss and to perform our favorite poems from this exceptional book on Saturday, August 5th from 4:30 to 5:30pm.


The Great Falls Public Library Youth Services Department is excited to announce two Junior Book Tasting programs for kids ages 4 to 9 and their families, one on Saturday, July 8th and the other on Saturday, July 29th, both from 2:00 to 3:00pm.  Before the program, kids are invited to check out a surprise award-winning picture book wrapped in craft paper from Kids’ Place, read it, and then discuss their opinions with their peers at these unique book club programs.  We hope to see you there!