The Great Falls Public Library is hosting Bound for the Western Sea, a costumed reading and live musical performance with period music, with author Laura Lee Yates and Harry Harpoon on Thursday, August 11, 7:00 p.m., in the Library Park.  This program, which is free and open to the public, has appeal for both adults and children ages 10 and up. 

Yates is the author of the historical novel Bound for the Western Sea: The Canine Account of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In this book Yates tells the story of the Lewis & Clark expedition as seen through the eyes of Seaman, the Newfoundland dog that accompanied the Corps. She enmeshed herself in the original journals as well as contemporary research to ensure the accuracy of historical detail. Accompanying the book is a music CD performed and produced by the author’s partner, Harry Harpoon, featuring Lewis & Clark period tunes as well as original songs with lyrics by the author.


Game Day

 Come to the Great Falls Public Library on Saturday, August 20th from 10 am to 4 pm to enjoy Game Day sponsored by the Great Falls Public Library and the Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous.  At this free event, which is open to the public, you can enjoy a variety of games including board, card and miscellaneous games, storytelling and cosplay. You are encouraged to come in costume and meet special guest cosplayer Miss Mouse (Marlisa Popp).  Guest speakers include the president of Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous (GFGR) Robert Thomson and New York Times Best-Selling author Jamie Ford. These speakers will participate in Gaming and Books, a panel discussion at 1 pm.  Weather permitting, this panel will be held in the Library Park.

 Cosplay,  a contraction of the words costume roleplay, is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture and a broader use of the term "cosplay" applies to any costumed role-playing in venues apart from the stage. Favorite sources include manga, comic books and cartoons, video games, and live-action films and television series.

 Featured games include Pandemic, Game of Thrones Risk Edition, Kids Apples to Apples, Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, King of Tokyo, Formula D, and many more.  Volunteers will be present to teach folks how to play each game.

 Brown Bag Lunch Series

The Great Falls Public Library’s Brown Bag Lunch series continues on Wednesdays at noon in

August in the Library Park.  We will move indoors in case of inclement weather. 


August 3         Playing History.  It’s Not Just About Wargames:

A demonstration and discussion of history-based games with Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous Director Jeff Watson.  GF Gaming Rendezvous is a non-profit organization committed to foster community through gaming and a celebration of pop culture. They sponsor the Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous Arts & Sciences Scholarship at UGF.


August 10       Open Your Heart, Awaken Your Soul!

Janine Tillman, a Licensed Clinical Counselor, introduces the work of Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha and his breakthrough healing modality, Soul Healing, which utilizes mantras at its core.  Since becoming involved in this practice, which turned her own chronic health issues around, Tillman has become a Divine Channel and Worldwide Representative of Master Sha.  She will introduce Soul Power and share a simple mantra with the power to transform you and your life.


Typically, most mantras are sounds and syllables whose true value lies in their vibrational quality more than in any meaning that humans, society, culture, or civilization has placed on them over the last few thousand years.  Functioning on vibrational and energetic levels mantras can help you access deeper states of consciousness, creativity, well-being, and healing.  Throughout history chanting mantras has been a powerful method for healing, transformation, and spiritual development and is widely used by millions today for these purposes

 August 17       Playing Fiction.  It’s Not Just about Dungeons and Dragons

Jeff Watson, Gaming Director of Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous, will demonstrate and discuss fantasy and science fiction-based games.


August 24       The Skinny Wallet: an Open Forum Question and Answer Session

Summer Red of Rural Dynamics will lead a Q & A on all things financial.  Bring your lunch and financial questions.





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