Seed Packaging Party


The Great Falls Public Library’s Seed Exchange is holding the first Seed Packaging Party of 2017 on Saturday, January 21, 1 – 4 pm.  Anyone interested in participating in packaging bulk seeds for the upcoming gardening season is welcome to help.  If interested contact Seed Exchange Coordinator Alice Kestler at 453-0349.


The packaged seeds will be available for patrons to select and use in their own gardens.  If patrons have seeds from heirloom and open-pollinated crops from last season, they are encouraged to exchange some of their seeds for seeds they select from the Seed Exchange.  However, patrons can utilize the Seed Exchange if they do not yet have any seeds to trade.   


Compassionate Discourse and Common Ground

 The Great Falls Public Library is hosting Compassionate Discourse and Common Ground on Thursday, January 26, 7 pm.  This program is free and open to the public.  In this polarized era, it is important for us to communicate and come together as a community.  How do we talk about our values and ideas, communicating respectfully and civilly with those who on the surface appear to have different values and may even be antagonistic?  How do we come together as a community, which we must, and find common ground despite differences?  How do we teach our children to be respectful and keep them safe?


Join us to learn positive mind sets and strategies that can assist us in moving forward as empowered individuals and community members to communicate with each other honestly in respectful ways.  Included in the evening lineup:


*      Compassionate Listening with  Life Coach and Retreat Facilitator Doris Boyle


*      Respect, Civility, Common Ground with Mayor Bob Kelly


*      Gracious Space in Our Schools

with Superintendent of Public Schools Tammy Lacey


*      Community Building and Social Action with Jules Shindel, Montana Women Vote



OpenBooks Discussion


In January the OpenBook discussion group meets on Thursday, January 5, 7 PM in the Montana Room.  Thegroup will discuss the book The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diana Ackerman.   Discussions are held on the first Thursday of each month and facilitated by Penny Hughes-Briant.  They are sponsored by the Great Falls Public Library Foundation and are free and open to the public.

 Page Forward Saturdays continues on Saturday, January 14, 10 am, and continues on the second Saturday of each month.  This discussion group reads and discusses books by Montana authors and/or about Montana.  In January the group will discuss Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest To Save a Troubled Planet by Todd Wilkinson.

 Page Forward Tuesdays, which meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, will discuss The Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear on Tuesday, January 24, 7:00 pm.

 You may attend any and all of the discussions.  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.  For more information on this series call 453-0349.



In January and February, the Great Falls Public Library is hosting a six-part series, Six Key Habits for Healthy Living on Thursday evenings at 7: 00 pm. The series will be conducted by certified Holistic Health Coach Angie Fischer Kralich.  She will present information on how to make the right choices for your individual health and life.  While she will discuss such strategies as diet, nutrition, and exercise, she will also focus on stress and ways to work with mental, emotional, and spiritual health. 
These workshops are free and open to the public. Registration is not required but it is encouraged, nor is it a commitment to attend all six workshops.  However, it is a guarantee that you will have the materials needed for the workshops.  These materials will be available only to those who register.  You can register and download the materials by going to and filling out the form at the bottom of the page.  The schedule is as follows:
January 5                   Sleep
                                    Understand how sleep can impact your overall health and how to set your-
                                    self up for sleep success.
January 12                 Hydration
                                    Understand the meaning of hydration and dehydration along with the
                                    iImportance of drinking adequate amounts of water.  (Yes! Water does
                                    help you lose weight.)
January 19                 Get Moving!
                                    Learn the importance and health benefits of regular physical activity
                                    and the right practices for you to engage in.
January 26                 Ditch Processed Foods and Sugars
                                    Learn to differentiate between processed and unprocessed foods as
                                    well as the various types of processed foods.  Included is information
                                    about artificial ingredients and making healthy substitutions in your diet.
February 9                 Why Whole Foods ARE a Big Deal
                                    Form a deeper understanding of the meaning of a Whole Food Plant
                                    based (WFPB) Diet and its health benefits.
February 16               The Need for Balance in Our Lives
                                    A.K.A. Stress Management.  Define your idea of a “balanced” lifestyle
                                    specific to your personal goals and needs.



The Write Thing:  Filling the blank page

 If you have an interest in sharpening your writing skills, sharpen your pencils and join the Great Falls Public Library’s The Write Thing: Filling the blank page led by Roberta Beute on Thursday afternoons in January and February at the library.  These workshops are free and open to the public.  No registration is required.  You can attend any or all of the four sessions.  The schedule is as follows:


January 19                 Who Are You? 

1:30 pm                      The Wreckage of Rambling


January 26                 In Other Words:

1:30 pm                      Fact, Fun, Fable, Fury

                                    Word Play


February 2                 Structure and Function

1:30 pm                      Room to Write

                                    Time and Timing


February 9                 Write On!

1:30 pm



Art @ the Library

 In February the Great Falls Public Library continues to host an art exhibit by quilters from Big Sky Quilts. The exhibit features a variety of contemporary, traditional, and children’s quilts.

 Also continuing through February is a unique display of paper sculptures created by local artist Harmony Wolff.







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