The Great Falls Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) annual book sale kicks off at the library this week.

The pre-sale day is Oct. 17 from noon to 7 p.m. on the third floor of the library for a $2 change at checkout and $2 per book.

The regular sale days are Oct. 18 noon to 7 p.m.; Oct. 19 noon to 5 p.m.; Oct. 20  from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Oct. 21 from 1-4 p.m.

Their auction ends Oct. 20.

Half-price sale days begin Oct. 24 from noon to 7 p.m.; Oct. 25 noon to 7 p.m.; and Oct. 26 from noon to 5 p.m.

The sack sale is Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sack sale typically runs on a Sunday but since the library isn’t able to open for Sundays until December, it’s only one day this year.

The Great Falls branch of AAUW was established in 1914 and since 1959, the book sale has provided funds to support local AAUW projects, including college scholarships for women and library donations.

The Light Was Always Here

 The Great Falls Public Library is hosting Montana Author Michelle Goettemoeller on Thursday, October 18, 7:00 pm. reading from and talking about her book, The Light Was Always Here.  Michelle Goettemoeller is a former registered nurse living “out in the country” in Central Montana. She is married, has raised three incredible young adults, and has recently become a grandmother.

In 2016 Michelle embarked on an incredible journey walking a total of 544 miles across Spain on the famous Camino de Santiago. Michelle’s passion and desire to spiritually transform her entire life was the driving force behind the pilgrimage. Walking beyond the Camino continues, and has assuredly not ceased in altering her. Michelle’s autobiography and life’s work going forward are a testament to her empowerment and commitment to make the spirit of the pilgrimage a reality for herself and those around her.


Art @ the Library

 In October the library is hosting an art exhibit by Gallery 16 Artists’ Cooperative.  The exhibit will include a variety of mediums: paintings in both oil and acrylic; drawings, sculptures, assorted 3-dimensional pieces, and photographs.

Montana Rep Production

Montana Repertory Theatre Outreach will return to the Great Falls Public Library on Thursday, October 11, 7:00 pm, with a free performance of Morgan and Merlin: Swords, Sorcery, and How to be a Hero written by Laramie Dean. This performance is sponsored by the Great Falls Public Library Foundation.

Told in under 55 minutes, this magical, mystical tale whisks us to another place and time where knights and dragons, kings and wizards rub elbows with a modern-day sorceress with a fantastic surprise up her bejeweled sleeve.


The OpenBooks Discussion Series (October – May) begins its 14th season on Thursday, October 4 at 7:00 pm, in the Montana Room of the library.  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.  For more information on this series call 453-0349.October’s selection is Minaret by Leila Aboulela.  This debut novel gives a provocative look at the life of an exiled Muslim woman orphaned and alone.


The Page Forward book discussion groups continue in October.

Page Forward Saturdays continues on Saturday, October 13, 10 am, and continues on the second Saturday of each month.  This discussion group focuses on books by Montana authors or about Montana.  October’s selection is The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larson.

 Page Forward Tuesdays continues on Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 pm, and continues on the fourth Tuesday of each month.  October’s selection is A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson.

Books for both of the Page Forward groups are available for check out three weeks before each discussion.