Sundays & Mondays CLOSED
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 10 am- 8 pm
Fridays & Saturdays 10 am - 6 pm
The Great Falls Public Library will be closed on Saturday, February 14, in honor of Presidents' Day.
Art @ the Library
In December and January, the Great Falls Public Library is hosting an art exhibit of handmade quilts from Big Sky Quilts. This exhibit will feature traditional, abstract, and unique quilts varying in size from small wall hangings to king sized in a wide array of colors, textures and patterns. Look for the latest in quilting styles to be included in this show. Also, folks visiting the library to view the quilt show will be able to participate in a contest with a small quilt awarded as the prize.
Also exhibiting at the library during these two months will be potter Don Marberg. Don is a veteran potter who has conducted pottery workshops at Paris Gibson Square and other venues over the years.
In February, the library hosts Alana Hastings, who will be displaying a collection of her watercolor and oil paintings. Alana has been a painter for almost 40 years, using nature as one of her main inspirations. Also on display will be the works of three local couples who are wood carvers, Ellen & Bob Martin, Leroy & Phyllis Weische, and Bud & Bonnie Talcott. Works will include a variety of styles and techniques including caricatures and the intricate Scandinavian technique of wood chipping.
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
Neighborhood Council #1 Neighborhood Council #6
Meadowlark Park Sunnyside Park
2801 Fox Farm Road 1412 High Street
Neighborhood Council #2 Neighborhood Council #7
Rhodes Park Carter Park
812 Central Avenue West 611 3rd Street South
Neighborhood Council #3 Neighborhood Council #8
Jaycee Park North Kiwanis
225 23rd Avenue Northeast 509 23rd Street North
Neighborhood Council #4 Neighborhood Council #9
Heren Park Lion’s Park
4415 4th Avenue North 2701 10th Avenue South
Neighborhood Council #5
3333 17th Avenue South
Black Heritage Evening:
Celebrating Black American Culture, History & Cuisine
The Great Falls Public Library is hosting an annual event celebrating Black History Month and the Heritage of Great Falls’ African American community on Thursday, February 5th at 6:00 p.m. The program features African American culture, history, and cuisine. This program, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Alma Smith Jacobs Foundation, a non-profit promoting education and historic preservation.
A variety of speakers and performers will include Kathy Reed, Mayor Michael Winters, Bob Harris, Mark Reed, Alexander Temple Saints Dancers, Christell Benson & the Great Falls Community Gospel Choir, Rev. Anna Clark, Philip Caldwell, and a sampling of homemade Soul Food.
Using the Years
The Great Falls Public Library is sponsoring a six-week writing workshop series taught by local writer Jenny Kunka entitled Using the Years Part II: A Writing Workshop for Older Adults. The series starts on January 15 – February 19, from 1 – 3 pm. It is designed for adults who have participated in one of the previous Using the Years classes or adults who have been writing and seek guidance on their work. Each class will provide time to write along with direction for their ideas and improvement of their work. Class attendance is capped at 10 and registration is required. You may register by calling the library at 453-0349 or stopping by the library’s Information Desk. These classes are free.
Classes will include writing prompts, discussions on craft, and conversations about the issues that arise when writing about one’s own life. Participants will also learn how to effectively use details for more powerful storytelling.
Jenny Kunka has been a freelance writer for 14 years. In addition to regular work for the Great Falls Tribune, her articles have appears in Montana Magazine, The Empire Builder magazine, the River’s Edge, and other area publications. For well over 14 years, Ms. Kunka has been studying and practicing the craft of writing fiction and poetry. She comes to this class as a facilitator and fellow learner.
Explore, Discover, Connect:
An Evening of TED Talks and Lively Discussion
TEDxGreatFallsLibrary continues on Tuesday February 17, 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.
February’s selections are
On Humanity by Chris Abani
Gaming for Understanding by Brenda Brathwaite
Black Men Ski by Stew
Four American Characters by Anna Deaver Smith
For more information call us at 406-453-0349. Visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/greatfallspubliclibrary and tweet us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GreatFallsLib.
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