Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 10 am- 8 pm
Fridays & Saturdays 10 am - 6 pm
Sundays (seasonally October-May) 1 pm - 5 pm
The Great Falls Public Library will be open on Sundays from 1:00 - 5:00 pm October 4th through May 22nd.
The library will be closed on Saturday, May 28, in recognition of Memorial Day.
The library will be closed on Sundays beginning Sunday, May 29. The library’s schedule will be as follows:
Sunday & Monday Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 10 am – 8 pm
Friday & Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Friends of the Great Falls Public Library Book Sale
If you enjoy browsing used book sales, are looking for an inexpensive reference or literary gem, need a tried but true cookbook, are in the market for a recent best seller, or want to support the library and community, be sure to stop into the library for the Friends annual spring book sale. The sale schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, May 18, 4:00 – 7:00 pm Presale for members.
If you are not a member, you can attend by paying the annual dues of $15 and be among the first to find treasures among the bargains.
Thursday, May 19, 4:00 – 7:00 pm Free and open to the public.
Saturday, May 21, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Free and open to the public
Sunday, May 22, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Sack Sale Sunday
The Friends of Great Falls Public Library are a volunteer organization that supports the library through advocacy, volunteering, and fundraising. The book sale is their annual fund raising event. Proceeds from this sale benefit the library for projects the budget cannot cover.
Montanans, Russians & Wildfire
The Great Falls Public Library is hosting the Advisory Commission on International Relationship to the city of Great Falls (ACIR) and five Russian delegates who are visiting the USA on Thursday, June 9, at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Five Russian Environmental Protection experts are coming to Great Falls to examine Wilderness and Fire Management Efforts. They are participating in an Open World Leadership Program June 4 - 12, 2016 in central Montana. The Advisory Commission on International Relationship for the city of Great Falls, (ACIR) will host the delegation. This is the first time any of these individuals have visited the USA. They are excited to meet and learn about America culture, volunteerism, respect for natural resources and, basically, to learn as much as possible about Montanans.
While in Montana the delegation will connect to, share information with, and learn from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation; Lewis and Clark National Forest Service; Wildland Fire Training Center; Montana Wilderness Association, and the BLM . In addition, the group will meet with Governor Bullock and the Great Falls City Commission.
The ACIR was first established in 2000. Its mission is to promote, facilitate, and nurture international relationships for the city of Great Falls, serving as a liaison for information and opportunities that include cultural, medical, educational, and business alliances. This hosting will be ACIR’s 12th delegation to Great Falls.
Little Free Libraries
Made possible by a grant from NeighborWorks Great Falls, funding from Friends of the Great Falls Public Library, hours of building and painting by numerous volunteers, and book donations from our community
Justice for Some: A Conversation on Securing Equal Justice for All
The Great Falls Public Library hosts Montana Legal Services on Thursday, May 12, 7:00 for an informative talk, Justice for Some: A Conversation on Securing Equal Justice for All. This event is free and open to the public.
Did you know you can lose your house, job or children without the right to an attorney? Many people in our community face potentially devastating civil legal problems unable to afford a lawyer. This program initiates a community conversation about what civil legal aid is, how it works, and why having fair and equal access to the justice system matters.
The evening will include factual information, stories of normal lives impacted by civil legal aid, and a question and answer period. It offers a chance to learn more about our justice system, how it can serve you and others and make a real difference in our community.
The Great Falls Public Library is offering a new service starting April 16. The library has partnered with several county-wide garden clubs, master and community gardeners, and NeighborWorks to provide this exciting new service to the community. NeighborWorks provided a grant to fund the inception of this program.
The Seed Exchange will offer open pollinated vegetable, flower, and herb seeds to “check out” and grow. There will be classes and resources available beginning in April for people in the community to learn how to save seeds. In the fall there will be a class and field trips to provide more direction for seed-saving gardeners. After learning the process of saving seeds patrons will be encouraged to sow, save, and share seeds from plants grown from seeds provided by the Seed Exchange by bringing those seeds back to the Exchange for the following season.
The OpenBooks discussion series, which runs October – May, concludes this season with a discussion on Thursday, May 5, 7:00 pm, in the Montana Room of the library. The featured book is Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff. This biography has been called stellar, long on facts that dust away fiction’s myths. These discussions, which are sponsored by the Great Falls Public Library Foundation, are free and open to the public. Penny Hughes-Briant facilitates.
Page Forward Saturdays will discuss A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris on Saturday, May 14, 10:00 am. This group, which meets on the second Saturday of each month, features books by Montana authors or about Montana.
Page Forward Tuesdays will discuss Paper Towns by John Green on Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 pm in the Montana Room of the library.
You may attend any and all of the discussions for these groups. Books are available at the library for check out three weeks prior to each discussion. You will need a library card to check a book out. Schedules for discussion groups are available at the library. For more information on any of these groups call 453-0349.
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 21, 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.
The Great Falls Public Library is hosting an art exhibit by eclectic artist Alma Winberry during the months of June and July. Alma repurposes materials to create an eclectic blend of paintings, sculptures, fabric art, and unique one-of-a-kind pieces. No medium is taboo to Alma. A reception, which will be free and open to the public, will be held for Alma on Thursday, June 9, from 5 – 7 pm.