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, they are 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. 

 The Donation Day schedule is as follows:

 Saturday, January 31                                    10 am – 2 pm

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:


Text Books


Condensed Reader’s Digests

VHS Tapes

Audio Cassettes

Items in Poor Condition

 For more information call 453-0349.  

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.

The OpenBook Discussion Group will discuss Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa Lee on Thursday, February 5, 7:00 p.m.  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. Discussions are facilitated by Penny Hughes-Briant.

 Page Forward Saturdays will discuss Bartender’s Tale by Ivan Doig on Saturday, February 21, 10 a.m.  This group meets on the second Saturday of each month year-round at 10:00a.m.  It features books by Montana authors or about Montana.

 Page Forward Tuesdays will discuss Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown on Tuesday, February 24, 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.



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


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.


POV Films


The Great Falls Public Library is hosting a series of POV film screenings on Thursday evenings in February at 7:00 p.m.  The schedule follows:


February 12                           Armadillo

 In 2009, Janus Metz and cameraman Lars Skree accompanied a platoon of Danish soldiers to Armadillo, a combat operations base in southern Afghanistan. For six months, often while under fire, they captured the lives of the young soldiers fighting the Taliban in a hostile and confusing environment, where official rhetoric about helping civilians too often met the unforgiving reality of being a foreign occupier. Winner of the Critics’ Week Grand Prix at Cannes, Armadillo is one of the most dramatic and candid accounts of combat to come out of Afghanistan.


February 19                           The World Before Her

 The World Before Her is a tale of two Indias. In one, Ruhi Singh is a small-town girl competing in Bombay to win the Miss India pageant—a ticket to stardom in a country wild about beauty contests. In the other India, Prachi Trivedi is the young, militant leader of a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, where she preaches violent resistance to Western culture, Christianity and Islam. Moving between these divergent realities, the film creates a lively, provocative portrait of the world's largest democracy at a critical transitional moment—and of two women who hope to shape its future. Winner, World Documentary Competition Award, 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.


February 26                           The Genius of Marian

 The Genius of Marian is a visually rich, emotionally complex story about one family's struggle to come to terms with Alzheimer's disease. After Pam White is diagnosed at age 61 with early-onset Alzheimer's, life begins to change, slowly but irrevocably, for Pam and everyone around her. Her husband grapples with his role as it evolves from primary partner to primary caregiver. Pam's adult children find ways to show their love and support while mourning the gradual loss of their mother. Her eldest son, Banker, records their conversations, allowing Pam to share memories of childhood and of her mother, the renowned painter Marian Williams Steele, who had Alzheimer's herself and died in 2001.

 POV (Point of View) is PBS’ longest-running showcase for independent films.




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