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Upcoming happenings at the Great Falls Public Library

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The Great Falls Public Library has been serving the community since 1890 is home to 68,000 square feet of knowledge and unlimited electronic resources.The facility sees more than 250,000 walk-in visitors a year in addition to hundreds of thousands of virtual visits.

In April the library is hosting a number of events including an art exhibit featuring the work of Art Association of Montana. This eclectic group of artists will have work ranging from paintings to sculptures.

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, the group is 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.  For more information call 453-0349.

The Donation Day schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday, April 30th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

All donations are appreciated, but the following will not be accepted:

  • Magazines
  • Text Books
  • Encyclopedias
  • Condensed Reader’s Digests
  • VHS Tapes
  • Audio Cassettes
  • Items in Poor Condition

Book sale dates are:

  • Wednesday, May 18th from 4 – 7 p.m.
    • (Presale for members only.  If not a member, you can attend by paying the $15 annual dues)
  • Thursday, May 19th from 4 – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 21st from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 22nd from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Sack Sale Day)

Festival of the Book

The Great Falls Public Library’s 16th annual Festival of the Book will continue on April 28th and 30th. This festival brings together a diverse selection of local and regional authors to share their work(s) and talk about all things literary in a variety of free events. The schedule follows:

  • Thursday, April 28th at the Great Falls Public Library
  • 7 p.m.
  • Steering with My Knees: A One Man Show
    • Part Poetry
    • Part Music
    • Part Workshop 
    • Part Reflection
    • Everything Zarzyski
    • Local bard, writing master, and blue-collar philosopher Paul Zarzyski entertains and enlightens with samplings of his poetry, selections from his latest CD, reflections and musings on life and how it is changing, writing techniques, and the writing process.  Paul is the consummate performer.  Not to be missed.
  • Saturday, April 30th
  • 1 p.m.
  • People Before the Park with Sally Thompson
  • Archaeologist, ethnographer and ethno-historian, speaker, and author of People Before the Park: The Kootenai and Blackfeet Before Glacier Park, Thompson will discuss her research and writing.  She will also cover how the Jesuits in Montana in the 1840s and 1850s affected the lives of Native Americans.
  • 2:15 pm
  • Montana Warts & All with Montana Quarterly Editor Scott Thompson
  • Thompson talks about this journal which represents the best of what Montana has to offer, insightful looks at things happening in our state, the great outdoors, great writing, and community.  For the last three out of four years, the Society of Professional Journalists have named it the best magazine in the Pacific Northwest.
  • 3:30 pm
  • Beyond Schoolmarms and Madams: Montana Women’s Stories with Martha Kohl
  • Kohl who is with the Montana State Historical Society has written a book of essays about an assortment of women who have helped shaped Montana through its history.

Kids’ Place Activities

  • What: Preschool Story Time
  • Dates: April 27 & 28
  • Who: 30 months -5 year olds with accompanying adult
  • Theme: If I Were a Cowboy
  • Time: 10:30 to11:00
  • Location: Kids' Place
    • *Schedule subject to change

The Great Falls Public Library is located at 301 2nd Avenue North in Great Falls. For more informaiton, call (406) 453-0349, or visit greatfallslibrary.org.

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