Great Falls Public Library

301 2nd Ave North
Great Falls, Montana 59401

Fax 406-453-0181

Fri, Sat 10am - 6pm
Tu-Th 10am - 8pm
Sun Closed
Mon Closed



Mondays -  CLOSED

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 10 am- 8 pm

Fridays & Saturdays 10 am - 6 pm 

Sundays - CLOSED for the Summer

The Great Falls Public Library will be closed on Saturday, July 2, in observance of Independence Day.  It will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, July 5.


Waking the Dead Tour Tickets now Available at GFPL!


 WAKING THE DEAD TOURS Tickets for the Sixth Annual Waking the Dead tours at Highland Cemetery, 2010 33rd Avenue South in Great Falls, are now available.

The tours, sponsored by the Paris Gibson Month Celebration Committee in cooperation with the City of Great Falls Park and Recreation Department, will be held Sunday, June 26 at 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

This year tours are dedicated to Croxford Funeral Home, & Crematory, sponsor of the tours since they began, and to Moyne Croxford, who passed away last year. Tickets to ride are $15 and to walk are $10. They may be purchased at the Great Falls Public Library, the City Park and Recreation Department, 1700 River Dr. No., and at Kaufmans Menswear, 411Central Ave.

People will be transported by three trailers, pulled by trucks provided by Hoven Equipment. Hay bales for the trailers will be provided by Elliot Merja of Sun River. Those who prefer to walk will accompany the trailers.

Graves to be featured and their storytellers are:

Margaret Bell Dobin, first white child born in Great Falls; Diane Volk, Granddaughter

Hugh Sutherland, served Demolay youth; Bob Kampfer

Gladys & Keith Vance, Justice of the Peace & husband; Scott Vance, son & Holly Vance, Niece

Paris Gibson, founder of Great Falls; David Otey

Leo Graybill, Jr., President of Constitutional convention & Sherlee Graybill, Dem. Leader;  Bob Woodmansey

Croxford Funeral Home & Crematory & Moyne Croxford, community supporter; Maggie Kent

George Montgomery, actor;  Elliot Merja, Nephew

Earle E. Heikka, sculptor;  Austin Haney

Edwin Norris, Montana Governor;  Dirk Larsen.

Charlie and Nancy Russell, cowboy artist/wife; Bill Bronson and Mary Jane Bradbury

Soldier’s Plot, Union and Confederate soldiers;  Ken Robison and Bob Harris

Tour hosts will be Mary Ann Cosgrove, Eric Stoverud and Norma Ashby.

Cars will park in the field inside the cemetery gate where the three trailers will be waiting to be loaded. Because tour seating is limited, people are encouraged to get their tickets early and be at the cemetery at least 15 minutes before the tours begin. Tour participants will be given maps of the tour route; maps were designed by Ben Chovanak, and printed by the Great Falls Tribune. They will also receive free booklets containing histories of the featured people on the tour, written by Eric Stoverud and Norma Ashby. The booklets are provided by Croxford Funeral Home & Crematory.

The storytellers’ remarks will be filmed by Max Murray of Murmax Productions with copies given to the storytellers, Great Falls Public Library and to the History Museum, compliments of Montana Granite Industries. Porta Potties will be made available by A.T. Klemens. Each of the featured graves will be marked by a sign donated by Kelly’s Signs. The date of the tours is scheduled on the Sunday afternoon closest to the birthday of Great Falls Founder Paris Gibson which is July 1. This year marks his 186th birthday. Proceeds from the tours will be donated to the People’s Park and Recreation Foundation and to the Great Falls Cemetery Association.

For further information call Norma Ashby, tours chairman, 453-7078.

Wanted-- Library Board Member--

Applications are being accepted for a new Library Board member.  
Applicants should have a strong interest in the continuing success of 
library services and collections, be prepared to serve as an advocate 
to the community and governing authorities for the library, and a 
commitment to intellectual freedom. Please click below for more information. 


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



Seed Exchange
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.




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. 





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