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Art @ the Library

 Visit the Great Falls Public Library to view the C.M. Russell Museum Staff Art Show, December 1-31, 2016. Eleven staff members from the museum entrusted with the artistic legacy of Montana's favorite adopted son will demonstrate their own artistic talents in this show, the first of its kind for the C.M. Russell Museum. 

 The show will feature work by Duane Braaten, Marie Daniels, Wayne Daniels, Jim Jewart, Kim Kapalka, Kathryn Kramer, Eileen Laskowski, David Leonardelli, Dorothy Nunez, Joe Olson, and Geoff Stocking. A variety of media will be on view including drawing, painting, soft sculpture, art quilts, handmade books, and a handcrafted guitar. 

 The opening reception for the C.M. Russell Museum Staff Art Show is 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, December 8, 2016. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public at the Great Falls Public Library, 301 2nd Avenue North, Great Falls, Montana.


OpenBooks Discussion

 

The OpenBooks Discussion Series, which runs October – May, continues on Thursday, December 1, at 7:00 pm, in the Montana Room of the library.  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.

December’s selection is The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge, a 2002 novel by Michael Punke. This novel is based upon the true life experiences of American frontiersman Hugh Glass, who was a contemporary of Jim Bridger.  The story was made into a major motion picture with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role.


 

Foreign and Independent Film Series

 The Great Falls Public Library’s Foreign and Independent Film Series continues on Wednesday, December 7, at 7:00 pm. and Saturday, December 10, at 2:00 pm. This series is free and open to the public.

 December’s selection is the French film Marie’s Story. Based on a true story, this film recounts the inspiring life of a girl born deaf and blind and the courageous nun who help her learn to communicate with the world.  At the turn of the 19th century a deaf and blind 14-year-old girl, Marie, is sent to the Larnay Institute in central France, where an order of Catholic nuns manages a school for the deaf.  There the idealistic Sister Marguerite sees in Marie potential and vows to bring the wild girl out of the darkness.  This film is in French with English subtitles.  It is appropriate for all audiences. 

The featured short is Motherly.

 Films will be shown each month on the first Wednesday and the following Saturday.  The series, which runs September through May, is free and open to the public.  Be forewarned, some films may contain strong language or adult situations.  They are not rated by MPAA but in our brochures we have tried to indicate content.  Brochures are available at the library.

 


 Be Healthy To Live

The Great Falls Public Library is sponsoring Be Healthy To Live with certified Holistic Health Coach Angie Fischer Kralich on Thursday, December 8, 7:00 pm.  Kralich offers ideas for integrating healthy habits into your lifestyle simply and easily without a sense of denying yourself enjoyment. She emphasizes ways to make transitions to a healthier lifestyle that anyone can make that include diet, recipes, simple lifestyle changes, and a fresh perspective on embracing what makes life more enjoyable.  


 

Page Forward Book Discussions

 Page Forward Saturdays continues on Saturday, December 10, 10 am, and continues on the second Saturday of each month.  This discussion group focuses on books by Montana authors, about Montana, or set in Montana

 

December’s selection is An Unfortunate Prairie Occurance by Jamie Harrison. The book is set in the fictitious Montana town of Blue Deer.  The hero, Sherriff Jules Clement, is tasked with questioning friends, family, and a host of memorable characters in this small town as he seeks to find the culprit behind a series of crimes and murder.

 

Page Forward Tuesdays continues on Tuesday, December 27, 7:00 pm, and continues on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

December’s selection is Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh.  Based on her hugely popular blog of the same name, author Brosh’s book has been called ‘smart and funny as hell’.  It is basically an offline version of her blog, which is part  combination webcomic and blog drawn in Paintbrush, using an exaggeratedly simple drawing style as an artistic device.  It is a retelling of her life and includes stories from her childhood as well as challenges she faces as an adult.  The book contains both new material and essays that have appeared in her blog

 

 

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