Mondays, Fridays & Saturdays 10 am - 6 pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 10 am – 8 pm
*It's almost time for our Summer Schedule! Our final Sunday opening for the season is May 19, 2013.
We will resume Sunday openings on October 6, 2013.
The library will be closed Monday, May 27 in honor of Memorial Day
Friends of the Great Falls Public Library Annual Book Sale
The Friends of the Great Falls Public Library will hold its annual used book sale Thursday, May 16 from 4 -7 pm, Saturday, May 18 from 10 am – 4 pm, and Sunday, May 19, from 1 – 4 pm on the third floor of the Public Library. Individuals who would like to attend the “pre-sale” on Thursday, May 16, will be asked to join the “Friends” group at reduced dues of $5, instead of the regular annual dues of $15. There will be no cost to attend the sale on Saturday, May 18, or Sunday, May 19. Sunday also will be the $2 sack sale.
The public is encouraged to attend the sale to take advantage of great used books. All public support of this sale directly supports the library. Proceeds from this sale support various library projects regular budgets do not allow. The Friends have sponsored a wide variety of programs at the library over the years, including Montana Repertory Theater productions, musical performances, and the Festival of the Book. The group has also sponsored Wii gaming, the annual summer reading party, and a variety of other projects for the Kids’ Place and library.
Friends of the Public Library is a voluntary organization that values, supports, and champions the public library in ways that include, but are not limited to, advocacy, sponsorship, and organizing special events and projects for the library, such as this book sale. Members can choose their own level of involvement, either through active involvement or through membership dues, with both levels supporting the library and the community.
For further information or to assist with the sale, call Jude Smith at the library at 453-0349.
Digital Bookmobile Tour 2013!
The Great Falls Public Library is sponsoring the Digital Bookmobile Tour (www.digitalbookmobile.com) on Wednesday, May 29 from Noon to 4 pm at Expo Park. The tour will showcase free eBook download service. At these free events, readers all ages will learn how to download eBooks from the library through interactive demonstrations and high-definition instructional videos. A gadget gallery—featuring Kindle®, iPod® touch, Android™ tablet, NOOK™, Sony® Reader™, BlackBerry®, Windows® Phone, and more—will help visitors discover portable devices that are compatible with the library’s download service.
Library card holders can also check out and download digital titles any time, anywhere by visiting www.greatfallslibrary.org.
The Digital Bookmobile is housed inside an 18-wheel tractor-trailer. This 74-foot community outreach vehicle is a high-tech update of the traditional bookmobile that has served communities for decades. The vehicle is equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, high definition monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players, all of which help visitors explore the Great Falls Public Library’s download service. Interactive learning stations give visitors an opportunity to search the library’s digital media collection, use supported mobile devices, and sample eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video.
Patrons can take advantage of the download service 24/7 when they visit the library’s website. From there, they can browse the growing collection of betselling, new release, and classic titles, and check out a digital title with a valid library card. Once downloaded, digital titles can be enjoyed on a computer or transferred to supported mobile devices. Many audio titles can also be burned to audio CD. At the end of the lending period, titles will automatically expire and are returned to the digital collection. There are never late fees or damaged items.
The Digital Bookmobile is a service of the Great Falls Public Library and is operated by OverDrive, Inc. To check out and download digital books and more, visit www.greatfallslibrary.org.
Make It @ the Library
The Great Falls Public Library is hosting an exciting new program this summer. This MakerSpace Program, which runs from June 10 – August 16, is designed for young people 7 – 17. It will operate 32 hours per week and participation is on a first come, first serve basis, allowing up to 20 participants at a time. Participation is free. This pilot program offers trained interns to provide guidance and instruction, as well as a safe, fun environment. It also provides the tools, equipment, guidance, space, and feedback that will enable participants the chance to learn about, build, and experiment with science and technology. Some of the kinds of projects participants will be experimenting with are Squishy Circuits, ArtBots, eTextiles, Solar-Powered Vehicles, and anything else they might think of. It’s all about play and experimentation at MakerSpace, with the bonus of learning something along the way.The
MakerSpace schedule is as follows:
Mondays 10 am – 5 pm
Tuesdays Noon – 6 pm
Thursdays 10 am – 5 pm
Fridays Noon – 6 pm
Saturdays Noon – 6 pm
For more information on the MakerSpace program please call 453-0349 or check online at www.greatfallslibrary.org
The Great Falls Public Library is hosting free drop-in sessions on Wednesday, May 8th and May 22nd from Noon to 1 pm, which will offer training for using electronic gadgets to access and utilize various library materials, including MontanaLibrary2Go. From MontanaLibrary2Go, patrons may download audio and e-books for check-out. The sessions are specifically geared, as stated above, towards using electronic gadgets in relation to various library resources, rather than offering tech support for device usage.
Devices include, but are not limited to, e-readers, Smart phones, iPads, iPods, mp3 players and other comparable devices. If applicable, attendees are reminded to bring passwords and usernames. Information staff person Sean Anderson will lead these sessions. For more information on these ongoing trainings call the Information Services department at 453-0349.
Art @ the Library
In May and June the Great Falls Public Library is hosting an art exhibit by the Thursday Morning Drawing group. This 13 plus member group will have a theme and individual works, including paintings, drawings, and more. Also, in May and June GFPL will host an exhibit of photographs depicting homesteaders from our regions. These photographs are provided by the Overholser Historical Center in Fort Benton. A reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Thursday, May 9, from 5 – 7 pm.