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 Great Falls Public Library will be closed on Sunday, February 14, in honor of Presidents' Day.
Loan Period Changes
Effective January 1, 2016
We’re giving you more time to read your books!
Regular Patron Accounts
Three weeks with the option for one renewal
Senior Citizen Accounts (Age 60 and older)
Remain the same: One month with the option for one renewal
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
Standing Together Montana
The Great Falls Public Library is hosting a four-part reading/discussion series, Standing Together Montana, aimed at veterans on the fourth Saturday of each month, January – April from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. The first session is Saturday, January 23rd. The discussions will be facilitated by Roy Harrington, a counselor at the Great Falls Vet Center.
Military service and experiences can be hard to talk about with family and friends at home. Standing Together uses powerful literature to start and keep the conversation going, lets veterans talk to peers about relevant issues and ideas. These sessions aim to build reading and discussion skills, and camaraderie amongst participants.
The centerpiece of this program is the book Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian, 44 fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, and memoir selections from Homer’s Illiad to contemporary, personal accounts of members of the service that speak to experiences, concerns, and aspirations of those who have served in the military and made the often-difficult transition back into civilian life.
Books for this series may be picked up at the Great Falls Vet Center beginning Dec. 20th. For more information on this series call 453-0349.
Book Discussion Groups
The OpenBook Discussion Group will discuss The Bartender’s Tale by Ivan Doig on Thursday, February 4, 7:00 p.m. Discussions are held on the first Thursday of each month September - May. These discussions, sponsored by the Great Falls Public Library Foundation, are free and open to the public. Discussions are facilitated by Penny Hughes-Briant.
Page Forward Saturdays will discuss This House of Sky by Ivan Doig on Saturday, February 13, 10 a.m. This group meets on the second Saturday of each month year-round at 10:00a.m. It features books by Montana authors or about Montana.
Page Forward Tuesdays will discuss A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre on Tuesday, February 23, 7:00 p.m. It meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Like the OpenBook group, it offers an eclectic selection of books for discussion.
You may attend any and all of the discussions for each of these groups. 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. Schedules, which include upcoming book choices, are available at the library. For more information on any of these groups call 453-0349.
In January and February the Great Falls Public Library is hosting an art exhibit by Ann Gannon and the Gannon tribe from Sun River. Their exhibit will include a wide selection of paintings and drawings.
Several members of the local Woodcarvers Guild will also be exhibiting a variety of their work including the whimsical to the serious.
Finally, quilts made by quilters from the Big Sky quilts are also on exhibit during February. These quilts are part of the Project Linus program. Project Linus is a volunteer non-profit organization with a two-fold mission. First, to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers". Secondly the project provides a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
Visitors to the library are encouraged to vote on their favorite displayed quilt. A drawing of all cast ballots will be held at the end of February. Prizes are provided by Big Sky Quilt
Come Color @ GFPL!
Relax, relieve stress and color inside the lines! The Great Falls Public Library has an Adult Coloring Center where adults can practice art therapy. This hot, new national trend helps participants reduce stress and anxiety, train their brains to focus, and have fun in the process!
The Adult Coloring Center, which is located on the second floor seating area of the library, is self-serve and open all library hours. Pages with a variety of designs, pencils and markers, and clipboards are provided. A file box is offered to store pages for the next visit. You can also take your creations home.
An adult coloring contest will be held in January to promote the new area. Prizes will be awarded at month’s end and include a coloring book, a handmade, ceramic mug, and a book bag. All entries will be displayed. This center and contest are sponsored by the Friends of the Great Falls Public Library and the GFPL Foundation.
Coloring Contest Entry Form