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 library will be closed on Saturday, May 28, in recognition of Memorial Day.
The library will be closed on Sundays beginning Sunday, May 29. The library’s schedule will be as follows:
Sunday & Monday Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 10 am – 8 pm
Friday & Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Friends of the Great Falls Public Library Book Sale
If you enjoy browsing used book sales, are looking for an inexpensive reference or literary gem, need a tried but true cookbook, are in the market for a recent best seller, or want to support the library and community, be sure to stop into the library for the Friends annual spring book sale. The sale schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, May 18, 4:00 – 7:00 pm Presale for members.
If you are not a member, you can attend by paying the annual dues of $15 and be among the first to find treasures among the bargains.
Thursday, May 19, 4:00 – 7:00 pm Free and open to the public.
Saturday, May 21, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Free and open to the public
Sunday, May 22, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Sack Sale Sunday
The Friends of Great Falls Public Library are a volunteer organization that supports the library through advocacy, volunteering, and fundraising. The book sale is their annual fund raising event. Proceeds from this sale benefit the library for projects the budget cannot cover.
Silent Auction @ the Library
The Great Falls Public Library is holding a Silent Auction at the library from April 12th – 30th. Participants can bid on items throughout the three weeks. Bidding will close at 6:00 pm on April 30th. A large variety of items are available to bid on. Items include such collectibles as a wooden card catalog, a wooden map case, chairs, sets of vintage candles, sets of historical magazines and more. Photos of these auction items will be displayed along with a description and bid sheet in the lobby of the library. Anyone interested in bidding must do so in writing. Auction items will be available for viewing at specific times throughout the three weeks. Viewing schedules will be available in the lobby along with the item photos and descriptions.When the Silent Auction concludes, those with the highest bids will be contacted to make arrangements for payment and pickup of the item(s). Complete instructions for the bidding process will be provided.Many thanks to Christian Fawcett who has organized the silent auction as part of his efforts to become an Eagle Scout.
For more information call 453-0349.
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
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.
In addition to programs on seed-saving, the month long inauguration of the exchange will include additional programs on other aspects of gardening. The schedule of events for the Seed Exchange’s April events follows.
April 2, Saturday, 1pm
Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds film screening
April 7, Thursday, 7 pm
Welcome to the Seed Exchange: The Why and How of Saving Seeds
with Jacob Cowgill of Prairie Heritage Farms
April 14, Thursday, 7 pm
Planting Potpourri: Testing Seeds for Viability, How to Fold Your Own Paper Pots for Seeds
with Master Gardener and Chef Rhonda Adkins
April 16, Saturday, 1 pm
Gala Opening for GFPL Seed Exchange with a Tour and Seed Swap
April 21, Thursday, 7 pm
With Mike Dalton from Gardens from Garbage & the Westside Orchard Garden
April 24, Sunday, 1 pm
Family Fun Making Seed Saving Kits
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.
The OpenBooks Discussion Series, which runs October – May, continues on Thursday, April 7, at 7:00 pm, in the Montana Room of the library with a discussion of Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson. These discussions, sponsored the Great Falls Public Library Foundation, are free and open to the public. Discussions are facilitated by Penny Hughes-Briant. For more information on this series call 453-0349.
Page Forward Saturdays will discuss Blind Your Ponies by Stanley Gorden West on Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. This group meets on the second Saturday of each month. It features books by Montana authors or about Montana.
Page Forward Tuesdays will discuss Billy Straight by Jonathan Kellerman on Tuesday, April 26, 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.
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.