Sundays & Mondays CLOSED
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 10 am- 8 pm
Fridays & Saturdays 10 am - 6 pm
The library will be closed on Saturday, September 5th in honor of the Labor Day Holiday. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
The Great Falls Public Library’s Music in the Library Park
series continues in August with these following programs. Note the special, additional event included on the August 4th date.
All these events are free and open to the public. You are encouraged to bring your own chair, though the library does provide chairs if needed.
Tuesday, August 4
6:30 pm Picnic Celebrating the 125 anniversary of library service in our community. Join us for a free picnic sponsored by the Friends of the Great Falls Public Library in the beautiful Library Park. What says summer more than good food, friends, and fun? After a picnic dinner, stay and enjoy the music that follows.
7:00 pm The Wilbur Rehmann Group
Equally at home in a smoky San Francisco jazz club or a natural mountain amphitheater in Western Montana, saxophonist Wilbur Rehmann, of Helena, leads his quartet/quintet through original and standard jazz tunes. The audience is in for a treat hearing this internationally popular group.
Tuesday, August 25
7:00 pm Rocky Mountain Celtic with Willson and McKee
This popular duo returns after a few year hiatus to wow the audience with their talent, charm and warmth. Multi-instrumentalists, superb vocalists, and natural-born story tellers, Willson and McKee share their unique brand of the Celtic sound with original, traditional, and contemporary songs.
Jeni Dodd Acoustic folk and country
Free Little 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
In August the library is hosting an art exhibit that will feature “In Search of the Ancestors”, a collection of paintings by Gloria Luna. It includes depictions of Native people, animal portraits, artifacts, and sacred places. Each piece will be accompanied by a story of how it came about. The two-month exhibit will also feature memorabilia, photos, and images that celebrate the 125 years of library service in our community.
Luna, who has been painting for 13 years, is an Expressionist painter in that her art is emotional rather than detail accurate. However, in this exhibit, pieces will also be in Abstract, Impressionist, and Anamorphic styles. One of her great-grandmothers was raised in an orphanage for Native children, losing her family, language, and even her name. Her story, told to her by her grandmother, touched her in a way she tries to capture in her art to give back a little of what was lost.
The library aspect of the exhibit is organized by local historian Ken Robison. He will be present at a reception on Wednesday, August 12, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the library to share more in-depth information about the historical collection he has gathered.
In September, the library continues hosting an art exhibit by Gloria Luna titled In Search of the Ancestors. The exhibit includes depictions of Native people, animal portraits, artifacts, and sacred places, done in Abstract, Impressionist, Expressionist, and Anamorphic styles, all in bold colors. The exhibit also features memorabilia, photos, and images that celebrate the 125 years of library service in our community. These images are accompanied by explanations when possible. This aspect of the exhibit was put together by local historian Ken Robison.
A meet-and-greet reception for Luna will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12th from 2 – 4 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
The Great Falls Public Library announces the program(s) All Lives Matter: A Week of Community Education scheduled for Wednesday, September 16, and Thursday, September 17, are cancelled.
In its place, the library will host a film screening of the POV film The Overnighters on Thursday, September 17, 7:00 pm.
This documentary examines one aspect of the oil boom in North Dakota. Chasing the American dream, thousands of workers flock to a North Dakota town where the oil business is booming. But instead of well-paying jobs, many find slim work prospects and a severe housing shortage. Pastor Jay Reinke converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, allowing hundreds of men, some with checkered pasts, to stay despite the congregation's objections and neighbors' fears. When opposition to the "overnighters" reaches a boiling point, Pastor Jay makes a decision with shattering consequences. A modern-day Grapes of Wrath, The Overnighters tells an electrifying story about the promise of redemption and the limits of compassion. Winner, Special Jury Award for Intuitive Filmmaking: Documentary, 2014 Sundance Film Festival.