Festival of the Book

The Great Falls Public Library presents its 17th annual Festival of the Book, a celebration of literature and community, with events throughout the month of April.  All events are free and open to the public.  This festival is sponsored by the Great Falls Public Library Foundation.  The schedule is as follows:


Thursday, April 6, 7:00 pm

Word Meister Contest

A lively community contest with two and three member teams made up of folks within the community.  Teams try to pick the correct definition of sometimes elusive words.  Costumes are encouraged.  The event includes a drive for the Great Falls Community Food Bank.


Thursday, April 20               7:00 PM

An Evening with Nann & Aaron Parrett

Literature, Music & More


Saturday, April 22                1:00 – 4:00 PM

A Writing Workshop with Lisa Schmidt & Cori Di Biase

(You can bring works-in-progress or finished material, but not required.)

No registration required.


Thursday, April 27               7:00 PM

Gala Reading

Montana Author Christine Carbo

Historian Ken Robison

Former Great Falls Native & Professor of Creative Writing Chauna Craig


Friday, April 28                     2:00 PM

Dedication of Alma Jacobs Smith Mural

Reception & Reading featuring Beth Judy



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, April 8                  10 am – 2 pm

Saturday, April 22                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


Book sale dates are:


Wednesday, May 17              4 – 7 pm

(Presale for members only.  If not a member, you can join at the door)


Thursday, May 18                 4 – 7 pm


Saturday, May 20                  11 am – 4 pm


Sunday, May 21                    1 – 4 pm

(Sack Sale Day)


Art @ the Library

In April the library is hosting an art exhibit featuring the work of the Art Association of Montana.  This eclectic group of artists will have work ranging from paintings to sculptures. A reception, that is free and open to the public, will be held on Thursday, April 6, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

 The library continues to host an art exhibit by artists in the Art Association of Montana through the month of May.  This eclectic group of artists is showing works ranging from paintings, drawings, sculptures, and jewelry.  The exhibit continues through May.


 April Book Groups


The OpenBooks Discussion Series, which runs October – May, continues on Thursday, April 6, at 7:00 pm, in the Montana Room of the library with a discussion of In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson.  These discussions, sponsored the Great Falls Public Library Foundation, are free and open to the public.   Discussions are facilitated by Penny Hughes-Briant. For more information on this series call 453-0349.

 Page Forward Saturdays will discuss The Wild Inside by Christine Carbo on Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m.  This group 

meets on thesecond Saturday of each month.  It features books by Montana authors or about Montana.

 Page Forward Tuesdays will discuss The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window & Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson on Tuesday, April 25, 7:00 p.m.  It meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Like the OpenBook group, it offers an eclectic selection of books for discussion.


You may attend any and all of the discussions for each of these groups.  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.  Schedules, which include upcoming book choices, are available at the library.  For more information on any of these groups call 453-0349.


May Book Discussion Groups


The OpenBooks discussion series, which runs October – May, concludes this season with a discussion on Thursday, May 4, 7:00 pm, in the Montana Room of the library.  The featured book is The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester. These discussions, which are sponsored by the Great Falls Public Library Foundation, are free and open to the public.  Penny Hughes-Briant facilitates.


Page Forward Saturdays will discuss 56 Counties: A Montana Journey by Russell Rowland on Saturday, May 13 10:00 am.  This group, which meets on the second Saturday of each month, features books by Montana authors or about Montana.


Page Forward Tuesdays will discuss Here If You Need Me by Kate Braestrup on Tuesday, May 23, 7:00 pm in the Montana Room of the library. 



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