Page Forward Book Discussions
Page Forward Saturdays continues on Saturday, December 13, 10 am, and continues on the second Saturday of each month. This discussion group is unique in as much as each month’s discussion will be a celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Montana and will focus on books written by and about Montana women.
December’s selection is Short Stories by Dorothy Johnson. Johnson was born in Iowa, but moved to Montana with her family while still a child. While working at a newspaper in Kalispell, she began her writing career in the 1930s when she sold her first story to The Saturday Evening Post. She wrote many short stories, some of which were made into successful films. These include The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence, The Hanging Tree, and A Man Called Horse.
Page Forward Tuesdays continues on Tuesday, December 23, 7:00 pm, and continues on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
December’s selection is Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Ender's Game is a 1985 military science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card. Set in Earth's future, the novel presents an imperiled mankind after two conflicts with the "Buggers", an insectoid alien species. In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, children, including the novel's protagonist, Ender Wiggin, are trained at a very young age through increasingly difficult games including some in zero gravity, where Ender's tactical genius is revealed. The book was made into a film in 2013.
Book Discussion Groups
In January the OpenBook discussion group meets on Thursday, January 8, 7 PM in the Montana Room. The group will discuss the book Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts. Discussions are held on the first Thursday of each month. These discussions, sponsored by the Great Falls Public Library Foundation, are free and open to the public. 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. Discussions are facilitated by Penny Hughes-Briant, a teacher at UGF. For more information on this series call 453-0349.
Page Forward Saturdays Page Forward Saturdays continues on Saturday, January 10, 10 am, and continues on the second Saturday of each month. This discussion group is unique in as much as each month’s discussion will be a celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Montana and will focus on books written by and about Montana women. In January the group will discuss Winter in the Blood by James Welsh.
Page Forward Tuesdays, which meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, will discuss Blind Justice by Alexander Bruce on Tuesday, January 27, 7:00 pm.
Armchair Traveler Series
In January, the Great Falls Public Library is hosting a four-part Armchair Traveler Series on Thursday evenings at 7: 00 pm. These programs are free and open to the public. The schedule follows:
January 8 Japan with Jill Kanewischer
January 15 China and Tibet with Randy and Nora Gray
January 22 Ukraine with Dariya Mowry
January 29 Ireland with Kerry Callahan
The Great Falls Public Library and the group Truth about Climate Change Today are co-sponsoring the screening of the film Blue on Tuesday, January 13, 6:30 pm. This screening serves as a counterpoint to the film Climate Change: the Real Science Behind a Growing Crisis that the library co-sponsored with the group Citizens for Clean Energy in September. The event is free and open to the public.
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.