Books and Babies changes to Toddler Time

 Beginning in July, the Great Falls Public Library’s Youth Services Dept. will offer Toddler Time on Fridays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.  In July sessions will be July 11th, 18th, and 29th.

 Toddler Time is a program designed for children from 0 to 30 months.  It includes 15 minutes of songs, finger plays and instruments in a one-on-one lap-sit format, followed by 30 minutes of infant/toddler play. This program aids children in transitioning to Story Time at 24 months. This program will replace Books and Babies, which was designed for children from 0 – 36 months and had two sessions on Fridays. 

In August, the Youth Services Dept. is reducing the Story Time programs for children aged two years to second-grade, from two sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays to one session only on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  It will be held at 10:30 a.m

Art @ the Library

 Alma Winberry’s eclectic art exhibit continues throughout the month of August at the Great Falls Public Library.

 Alma’s art is an eclectic blend of paintings, sculptures, and unique one-of-a-kind pieces.  No medium is taboo to Alma, who uses recycled material to create some of her whimsical sculptures.  In an exhibit by Alma you may see fabric art, paper sculptures, pieces made of old car doors, hats, paintings, and more.  With Alma every exhibit is as unique as her art.




Celebrating Woman’s Suffrage

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Woman’s Suffrage Movement in Montana. The Great Falls Public Library is celebrating this historical landmark in a variety of ways. 

“Leading the Way: Montana Woman Suffrage and the Struggle for Equal Citizenship”, a unique traveling art exhibit designed by the Montana Woman Suffrage Centennial Committee from the University of Montana, will be at the Great Falls Public Library July 13 – July 27.  This exhibit will be on display in the Library’s lobby.

In addition, the Library’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Series will feature three programs on Thursdays at noon in July that focus exclusively on some aspect of women in society and woman’s suffrage. These programs are free and open to the public.

Thursday, July 10, Noon

My Hutterite Friend with Karen Ogden

Former Great Falls Tribune Regional Editor Karen Ogden chronicles her working relationship and subsequent friendship with Lisa Marie Stahl, the young Hutterite woman who was a Great Falls Tribune columnist.  With Karen’s help, she published her book My Hutterite Life, which gives a rare public glimpse into the private lives of the Hutterites.


Thursday, July 17, Noon

My Life in Broadcasting with Norma Ashby

Local TV personality Norma Ashby talks about her life as one of the first woman broadcasters of the 50’s and 60’s, successes, and noteworthy women she met in her career who inspired her, including Barbara Walters.


Thursday, July 24, Noon

We’ve Come a Long Way Baby: Women I’ve Known in Making Equality a Reality




Page Forward


The new book discussion groups introduced by the Great Falls Public Library this year continue in July.

 Page Forward Saturdays continues on Saturday, July 12, 10 am, and continues on the second Saturday of each month.  This discussion group is unique in as much as each month’s discussion will be a celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Montana and will focus on books written by and about Montana women.


July’s selection is Dirt Work: an Education in the Woods by Christine Byl.  A lively and lyrical account of one woman’s unlikely apprenticeship on a national-park trail crew and what she discovers about nature, gender, and the value of hard work. .


Page Forward Tuesdays continues on Tuesday, July 22 7:00 pm, and continues on the fourth Tuesday of each month.  July’s selection is The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.   Death himself narrates the World War II-era story of Liesel Meminger from the time she is taken, at age nine, to live in Molching, Germany, with a foster family in a working-class neighborhood.  The child arrives having just stolen her first book.  Across the ensuing years of the late 1930s and into the 1940s, Liesel collects more stolen books as well as a peculiar set of friends.   Zusak not only creates a mesmerizing and original story but also writes with poetic syntax.  Death is not a sentimental storyteller, but he does attend to an array of satisfying details, giving Liesel’s story all the nuances of chance, folly, and fulfilled expectation that it deserves





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