Gardening & Seed Saving


The Great Falls Public Library and the Great Falls Public Library Seed Exchange are sponsoring a five-part gardening and seed-saving series on Thursday evenings in March. These programs are free and open to the public.  The schedule is as follows:

 March 2

Growing Herbs and Other Earthly Delights with Marcia Bundi

 March 9

Using Herbs You’ve Grown: Tea and More with Janice Driver

 March 16

Film Screening Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds & Seed Swap Bring seeds from previous harvests to exchange with other gardeners in attendance at the Seed Swap following the film.

 March 23

Flowers of Lewis & Clark with Roberta Beute

 March 30

Fruiting Gardens: Shrubs and Perennials with Amy Grisak


Upcoming Book Groups at the Library

 The Great Falls Public Library’s Openbook Discussion group meets on Thursday, February 2nd, 7 pm, to discuss Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

 Page Forward Saturdays will meet on Saturday, February 11, 10 am, to discuss Letters from an Expedition by Diane Smith.

 Page Forward Tuesdays will meet on Tuesday, February 28, 7 pm, to discuss The Golem of Hollywood by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman.


The OpenBooks Discussion Series, which runs October – May, continues on Thursday, March 2, at 7:00 pm, in the Montana Room of the library with a discussion of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize winning Empire Falls by Richard Russo.  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 English Creek by Ivan Doig on Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m.  This group meets on the second Saturday of each month.  It features books by Montana authors or about Montana.

 Page Forward Tuesdays will discuss Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein on Tuesday, March 28, 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.




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.

  March is Youth Art Month!

 In March Great Falls Public Library is hosting an art exhibit by students of Great Falls Public Schools.  This exhibit is in celebration of Youth Art Month.  The exhibit will feature a wide array of art, styles, and work of youth artists of all school ages.

 A reception in honor of this exhibit and the artists will be held on Friday, March 3, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.  Refreshments and live music performed by students will be featured.

 Also in March, the Ladies of Hibernia will have a small exhibit of Irish memorabilia and photos, commemorating Irish American Heritage Month.



The Birth of Sake 

The Great Falls Public Library presents a special film screening on Thursday, February 23, 7:00 pm, of the POV (PBS’s Point of View Documentary Films) The Birth of Sake.  This event is free and open to the public.

The Birth of Saké is a cinematic documentary that reveals the story of passionate saké-makers and what it takes to make world-class saké at Yoshida Brewery, a 144-year-old family-owned small brewery in northern Japan.

Currently, stiff competition and the eventual retirement of experienced workers intensify the pressure of preserving quality of taste, tradition and brand reputation for Yoshida Brewery. Surrounded by 1,000 competitors, Yoshida must surface as a worthy contender in a market overrun by choices. While the narrative follows the brewery’s energy and ambition to survive, the characters remain central to the storytelling. As artisans who must dedicate their whole lives to the making of this world-class saké, their private sacrifices are often sizable and unseen.


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