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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 Great Falls Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, in recognition of Veterans’ Day. The library will also be closed on November 26 and 27 in honor of Thanksgiving.
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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
In November the exhibit featuring the work of the Studio 706 Artists’ Guild continues. This exhibit includes paintings, drawings, photographs, and more. It will be available to the public through the end of the month.
Studio 706, a nonprofit artist’s guild, was founded in 1997 to promote fine art, expose the community to local artists, teach and enrich local artists, and provide scholarships. The guild offers classes, mentoring, studio privileges, and exhibition opportunities to artists working in a variety of media. In addition it provides scholarships to Cascade County high school seniors planning to pursue art studies in college. In 2008, Studio 706 awarded $1500 in college scholarships. This money is primarily raised from the Guild’s art sales. Membership to the Guild is open at a nominal cost. For more information on the guild,
For more information on the art exhibits call 453-0349.
In December, the Great Falls Public Library is hosting an art exhibit of postcards designed by 5th-grade students from Cascade County. The postcards were created by the students in the spring of 2015 for the 45th annual C.M. Russell Museum 5th-grade Essay Contest. A new addition to the essay contest, the postcards add an illustrative component and create an additional link to Charlie Russell. The essay contest brings all 5th-grade students throughout the county to the museum during January for a docent-led tour of Russell’s art, home, and studio. The tour aims to teach students about Russell’s legacy.
Also on exhibit will be small sculptures made by Great Falls Public Schools high school students. The sculptures were created under the instruction of visiting artist Wendy Red Star in October during the High School Outreach/Visiting Artist Program at the C.M. Russell Museum. Red Star led students in a project that helped them be inspired by artifacts in the museum’s exhibition The Bison: American Icon, Heart of Plains Indian Culture and to create works that gave them a deeper understanding of the meaning behind the objects and the makers of the objects.
A reception for the students will be held at the library on Friday, December 4, 2015 from 4-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.
The OpenBooks Discussion Series, which runs October – May, continues on Thursday, November 5, 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.
November’s selection is Exile by bestselling author Richard North Patterson. This book tells the story of successful American lawyer David Wolfe, who is primed for a run for Congress. When he is put in the position of defending a secret lover from his past, he must face an agonizing choice: Will he, a Jew, represent this Palestinian woman accused of assassinating the Israeli prime minister? In the most challenging case of his career, David becomes a key player in determining not only the future of his client, but also the peoples of the two nations involved.
The Page Forward book discussion
groups introduced by the Great Falls Public Library this year continue in November.
Page Forward Saturdays continues on Saturday, November 14, 10 am, and continues on the second Saturday of each month. This discussion group focuses on books written by and about Montana authors.
November’s selection is Vigilante Moon by Stan Lynde, a great storyteller of the historical west. He brings to this work a lifetime of research, a love of the high and wild world untouched by civilization, an artist's vision, and a poet's gift of words. The novel, set in Virginia City in its heyday, is authentic. The historical characters, from sinister road agents to vigilantes, have been woven seamlessly into the story, and come vividly to life on these pages. One can read this novel not only for its gripping story, but for the images of a bygone world evoked by the author. Stan Lynde is a fourth-generation native Montanan, born and raised on the rangelands of the Crow Indian Reservation in southeastern Montana. He is the creator, author, and artist of two highly acclaimed syndicated comic strips, RICK O'SHAY and LATIGO. He passes away in 2013.
Page Forward Tuesdays continues on Tuesday, November 24, 7:00 pm, and continues on the fourth Tuesday of each month. November’s selection is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.
Explore, Discover, Connect:
An evening of TED Talks and Lively Discussion
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