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Dinosaur Accoutrements: What Good
Were They? with Jack Horner
Ever wonder what good dinosaur accoutrements were or why they matter? You have a chance to find out on Thursday, May 28, 7:00 pm at the Great Falls Public Library. The library is hosting Jack Horner, the world-renowned paleontologist, who helped create dinosaurs for the film Jurassic Park. Montana born and raised, Horner is best known for his work on the cutting edge of dinosaur growth research.
Horner has authored numerous professional papers and six popular books. Currently, he is the Curator of Paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies, the Regent's Professor of Paleontology, adjunct curator at the National Museum of Natural History, and teaches with the Honors Program at MSU in Bozeman.
Much of Horner’s current work in recreating a dinosaur has the potential to lead to new treatments for people suffering from spinal disorders and human sarcomas. George Lucas has been one sponsor for much of this current research.
Along with his valuable research and scientific discoveries, Horner is known to be an engaging speaker who makes science both accessible and fun for the layman. This program is free and open to the public.
The Great Falls Public Library is hosting the 15th annual Great Falls Festival of the Book with literary events starting on April 16 and continuing on various dates through April 28. All events are free and open to the public. This book festival is sponsored by the Great Falls Public Library Foundation. The schedule is below:
April 16, Thursday 7:00 P.M.
Montana Now and Then with Kristen Inbody and Gerald Clark
Kristen Inbody is a Great Falls Tribune reporter and co-author of Montana State Parks: Complete Guide and Travel Companion. Gerald Clark was an archaeologist for the BLM for 30 years. He is the author of Supplying Custer: The Powder River Supply Depot.
April 18, Saturday 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.
Art from Books: A Hands-On Workshop with Julia Becker
Local artist and art professor Julia Becker will lead a hands-on workshop turning old, discarded books into works of art. She will also show a short power point presentation illustrating diverse possibilities of this art form, from simple to complex. The workshop is free and materials will be provided, but registration is required. You may register at the library or by calling 453-0349.
April 23, Thursday 7:00 P.M.
Montana’s Charlie Russell with Jennifer Bottomly-O’looney and Kirby Lambert
Jennifer Bottomly-O’looney, senior curator at the Montana State Historical Society museum and Kirby Lambert, the Montana State Society’s outreach and interpretation program manager, have authored Montana’s Charlie Russell, a compendium on Charlie Russell. It contains images of almost every piece of art made by Russell, from sketches to masterpieces. Along with images of his paintings and sculptures are the stories behind the man and his art.
April 24, Friday 7:30 pm
Gala Reading with Adrian Jawort & Sterling HolyWhiteMountain,
Carol Bradley, & Kim Zupan
Adrian Jawort is a member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe from the Billings area and a freelance writer. He edited and contributed writing to Off the Beaten Path: An Anthology of 21st Century Montana American Indian Writers, Vol.1 put out by Off the Path LLC, the publishing company he founded.
Sterling HolyWhiteMountain grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation. He has a BA in English Creative Writing from UM, an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and was a James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. He is currently writing a collection of novellas and short stories. In addition he owns Rez Made, a clothing company for reservation peoples, and is the director of the Writing Center at Blackfeet Community College in Browning, MT.
Carol Bradley is Great Falls’ own award-winning investigative journalist and author of two books dealing with animal cruelty, Saving Gracie: How one dog escaped the shadowy world of American puppy mills and Last Chains on Billie: How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top. She is currently working on her third book.
Kim Zupan, who lives in Missoula, grew up in and around Great Falls, where much of his acclaimed novel The Ploughmen is set. He holds a MFA from UM.
April 25, Saturday 1:00 P.M.
Three diverse women share their work. Arlene Blessing, from Great Falls, has written a humorous travelogue, We Were There But Where; Tribune columnist and rancher Lisa Schmidt shares Prairie Ponderings; and BJ Daniels, a former reporter and editor for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, shares her success as a bestselling Harlequin Intrigue author with over 70 published books.
April 28, Tuesday 7:00 pm
Word Meister Contest
The annual Word Meister Contest combines love of words, healthy competition and a drive for the Great Falls Food Bank. Previous competitors have included teams from the Great Falls Tribune, local TV stations, and Great Falls High School. Former Great Falls Public Library Director Jim Heckel and KRTV personality Art Taft co-host.
Art @ the Library
In April the library is hosting an art exhibit featuring the work of Art Association of Montana. This eclectic group of artists will have work ranging from paintings to sculptures. A unique aspect of the exhibit will feature works celebrating the library on its 125th anniversary of library service to the community. A reception, that is free and open to the public, will be held on Thursday, April 2, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.
In May the Art Association of Montana continues its exhibit at the Great Falls Public Library. Additionally the exhibit will feature the work of local potter Lisa Botti during May. Lisa’s work includes both functional and decorative pottery. A unique aspect of the exhibit will feature works celebrating the library on its 125th anniversary of library service to the community
Explore, Discover, Connect:
An Evening of TED Talks and Lively Discussion
TEDxGreatFallsLibrary continues on Tuesday April 21, 7:00 pm. This program is free and open to the public.
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. TEDx 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.
April’s selections are:
How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime by Nadine Burke Harris
What we learn before we are born by Annie Murphy Paul
What makes us get sick? Look upstream. by Rishi Manchanda
The linguistic genius of babies by Patricia Kuhl
Friends of the Great Falls Public Library Book Sale
In preparation for the Friends of the Great Falls Public Library annual spring book sale, which takes place in May, the group is now accepting donations. Donations may be brought into the library at any time during library hours. The group is also holding Donation Days to accommodate larger donations and/or to provide assistance with donations. If you choose to bring your items in on these days, you go to the alley entrance of the library. For more information call 453-0349.
The Donation Day schedule is as follows:
Saturday, February 28 10 am – 2 pm
Saturday, March 28 10 am – 2 pm
Saturday, April 25 10 am – 2 pm
All donations are appreciated, but the following will not be accepted:
Magazines Text Books Encyclopedias Condensed Reader’s Digests
VHS Tapes Audio Cassettes Items in Poor Condition
The Friends of the Great Falls Public Library will hold its annual used book sale Wednesday, May 13 from 4 – 7 pm (This evening is for members only. If you are not currently a member, you may attend the sale by joining the group that evening for the $15 annual dues); Thursday, May 14 from 4 -7 pm, Friday; May 15 from 11 am – 5 pm; and Saturday, May 16, from
11 am – 4 pm on the third floor of the Public Library. There will be no cost to attend the sale on May 14, 15, or 16. Saturday will be Sack Sale Day. People may purchase a bag of books for $2 or a box of books for $5 on that day only.
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 book kits available for check out for book discussion groups, Wii gaming, interactive computers for the Kids’ Place, 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.