Art @ the Library


In April the library is hosting an art exhibit featuring the work of Doris Boyle.  An eclectic artist, Boyle will include paintings, collages, small sculptures, and other assorted surprises in her exhibit.  A reception, that is free and open to the public, will be held for Boyle on Thursday, April 3, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.




Explore, Discover, Connect:

An evening of TED Talks and Lively Discussion

TEDx GreatFallsLibrary continues on   Thursday, April 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.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, 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 will continue on the third Thursday of each month.

Each month we will show three 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.


 April’s selections are:

                        Kelly Mcgonigal:       Make stress your friend

                        Dan Ariely:                 What makes us feel good about our work?

                        Dan Gilbert:               The surprising Science of happiness

According to event organizer Jude Smith, “TED Talks” will open up your mind, regardless of the topic.  I’ve found myself listening to various talks on subjects for which I thought I had no interest only to discover myself completely absorbed and inspired.  We are excited to have the opportunity to share these talks with the community in an effort to spark discussion and community in the most positive of ways.”

For more information of this new event visit our Facebook page at and tweet at

About TEDx, x= independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.  At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.  These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = an independently organized TED event.  The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.  (These events are subject to certain rules and regulations developed by TED.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.  Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives.  The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mixture of topics.  Many of these talks are then made available, free, at  TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane

Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende, and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.  The TED2014 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler.  TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

TED’s media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posed daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas.  TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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For more information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit




Zestfully Peaceable Living: Celebrating an Openness to the Other


The Great Falls Public Library is hosting an program by Nascent peace psychologist, Dr. Robin Lynn Treptow, Zestfully Peaceable Living: Celebrating an Openness to the Other on Thursday, April 10, 7:00 pm.  This program is free and open to the public.

 Dr. Treptow will present the final segment of her transactional theory as to how global peace might be achieved in our time.  Come hear an “outside-the-box” perspective as to how all war-making and violence can come to an end “one human interaction at a time”



OpenBooks Discussion

 The OpenBooks Discussion Series, which runs October – May, continues on Thursday, April 3, at 7:00 pm, in the Montana Room of the library.  These discussions, sponsored by Humanities Montana and 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.

 April’s selection is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury's classic, frightening vision of the future, firemen don't put out fires--they start them in order to burn books. Bradbury's vividly painted society holds up the appearance of happiness as the highest goal--a place where trivial information is good and knowledge and ideas are bad.

 Bradbury--the author of more than 500 short stories, novels, plays, and poems, including The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man--is the winner of many awards, including the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America. Readers ages 13 to 93 will be swept up in the harrowing suspense of Fahrenheit 451, and no doubt will join the hordes of Bradbury fans worldwide.


The Great Falls Public Library is one of fifty libraries and National Park historic sites around the country selected to be part of a tour of a free traveling panel exhibition, Civil War 150.  This tour is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  In conjunction with being a host to this unique historical exhibit, the library is also the recipient of a grant whose funds will sponsor public programming supporting the exhibit.   The exhibit will be at the Great Falls Public Library from May 26 to June 16, 2014.  The traveling exhibit and grant is sponsored by Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America.  It is funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 In conjunction with planning programs for this tour, the Great Falls Public Library is seeking relatives of descendents of Civil War veterans.  We are interested in presenting a program where personal stories from the war will be shared.  We are interested in your stories and history and believe they are of significant historical and cultural import.  Please contact Jude Smith at 453-0349 or for more information.


Donations Days for Friends Book Sale

 The Friends of the Great Falls Public Library announced that they will be holding special book donation days in preparation for their annual used book sale held in May.  The dates of this year’s sale are May  14, 15, 17, & 18.

If you have items you’d like to donate for this sale, you can bring in those donations on one of the scheduled donation days.  The advantage of the donation days is especially noticeable for those with more than a small donation.  On these scheduled donation days, you bring your items to the library’s garage, in the alley behind the building.  Volunteers will be available to assist, especially with transferring donations from your car to the building. 


Dates for the donation days are as follows:


·                    Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 am – 2 pm

·                    Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 am – 2 pm

·                    Saturday, March 22, 10 am – 2 pm

·                    Saturday, April 26 10 am – 2 pm


All donations are appreciated, but the Friends will not accept the following:


·                    Items in poor condition

·                    Magazines

·                    Encyclopedias

·                    Condensed Reader’s Digests

·                    Textbooks


You can bring your donations into the library anytime during operating hours, but assistance cannot be guaranteed except on scheduled donation days.Proceeds from the book sale are used to sponsor special library programs and projects that the library’s budget cannot cover.  Anyone interested in more details, volunteering for the book sale or donating books can contact Jude Smith at 453-0349 or







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