The OpenBooks Discussion Series, which runs October – May, continues on Thursday, January 2 at 7:00 pm, in the Montana Room of the library. These discussions, sponsored by Humanities Montana and 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.
January’s discussion is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Forget having read this classic in high school and embrace its story today for a thought provoking experience. Set in the harsh Puritan community of 17th century Boston, this tale of an adulterous entanglement that results in an illegitimate birth reveals Nathaniel Hawthorne’s concerns with the tension between the public and the private sectors. Publicly disgraced and ostracized, Hester Prynne draws on her inner strength and certainty of spirit to emerge as the first true heroine of American fiction. Arthur Dimmesdale stands as a classic study of a self divided; trapped by the rules of society, he suppresses his passion and disavows his lover, Hester, and their daughter, Pearl. This book was not written as realistic, historical fiction, but as a “romance”, a creation of the imagination that discloses the truth of the human heart.
Help arrives just in time with those New Year’s resolutions. Join us at the Great Falls Public Library for a five-part series on Thursday evenings in January and February to get helpful strategies for healthy living and eating on a budget. The series will be presented by Sandee Cardinel, a nutrition educator with MSU Extension and a personal chef and owner of Earth to Table Chef Services. These classes are free and open to the public.
Thursday, January 2, 7:00 pm Nutrition Beginnings and Basics
Learn about the five food groups, what we need nutritionally, how much and why, and how to eat well within a budget. Sandee will touch upon food safety, exercise, portion control, fast & junk food.
Thursday, January 9, 7:00 pm Let’s Go Shopping
Go on a virtual grocery shopping tour at Walmart, focusing on how to read labels and make healthy choices for your budget.
Thursday, January 23rd, 7:00 pm Fruits and Veggies
Fifty percent of a healthy diet is comprised of fruits and veggies. Learn how to integrate these into your diet.
Thursday, January 30, 7:00 pm Whole Grains: The Staff of Life
Learn how to incorporate whole grains into your diet, along with their benefits.
Thursday, February 6th, 7:00 pm Calcium and Protein
How to keep bones and muscles strong and functioning.
Each class will also feature an one-pot meal, which Sandee will prepare and the audience can sample for recipe ideas!
The Great Falls Public Library is one of fifty libraries and National Park historic sites around the country selected to be part of a tour of a free traveling panel exhibition, Civil War 150. This tour is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. In conjunction with being a host to this unique historical exhibit, the library is also the recipient of a grant whose funds will sponsor public programming supporting the exhibit. The exhibit will be at the Great Falls Public Library from May 26 to June 16, 2014. The traveling exhibit and grant is sponsored by Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America. It is funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
In conjunction with planning programs for this tour, the Great Falls Public Library is seeking relatives of descendents of Civil War veterans. We are interested in presenting a program where personal stories from the war will be shared. We are interested in your stories and history and believe they are of significant historical and cultural import. Please contact Jude Smith at 453-0349 or email@example.com for more information.
Foreign and Independent Film Series
The Great Falls Public Library’s Foreign and Independent Film Series continues its seventh season on Wednesday, January 8 at 7:00 pm. and Saturday, January 11, at 2:00 pm. This series is free and open to the public.
January’s selection is the American film The Dynamiter. This film tells the story of 14-year-old Robbie who yearns for a family. Yet, his wayward mother has runoff again and he’s left to care for his half brother, Fess. With older brother Lucas dangerously returning to their lives, Robbie must face the fact that his dreams may never come true and he may lose Fess, the only real family he’s ever had. This film contains adult situations, language, and violence (AS, L, V). There are no subtitles.
The featured short is The Roundup.
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