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:
Condensed Reader’s Digests
Items in Poor Condition
For more information call 453-0349.
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.
Getting Ready to Garden
The Great Falls Public Library is hosting a three-part series on preparing for the upcoming gardening season on Thursday evenings in March. These programs, which are free and open to the public, will be presented by local Master Gardeners. The programs will begin at 7:00 pm.
March 5 Getting Your Yard & Garden Ready with a Special Focus on Flowers, Trees, Shrubs (especially the Juniper with Jeannie Bennett
March 12 Starting Seeds at Home with a Special Focus on Varieties, Timing, Seedlings, and Transplanting in the Gardenwith Marcia Bundi
March 19 Picking What Grows Best & Seed Swap with Amy Grisak. Amy will discuss how to grow everything from artichokes to tomatoes by knowing which varieties to choose, as well as tips on improving growing conditions to raise plants to maturity.
*A special feature of this program includes a seed swap. Amy will bring seeds she has from previously grown plants to trade with others in attendance. People are encouraged to bring seeds they have from their own plants to trade with other gardeners. This is a great way to encourage strong plants and unique varieties suited to this climate.
Book Discussion Groups
The OpenBooks Discussion Series, which runs October – May, continues on Thursday, March 5, at 7:00 pm, in the Montana Room of the library. 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.
March’s selection, Angle of Repose (1971), is the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by one of the greatest Western authors of all times, Wallace Stegner. It tells the story a wheelchair-using historian, Lyman Ward, who has lost connection with his son and living family and decides to write about his frontier-era grandparents. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Angle of Repose #82 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Stegner lived in Great Falls for part of his childhood.
Page Forward Saturdays will discuss Open Season by C.J. Box on Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. This group meets on the second Saturday of each month year-round. It features books by Montana authors or about Montana.
Page Forward Tuesdays will discuss Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian on Tuesday, March 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.
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.