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The Great Falls Public Library will play host to a number of  fun events this Summer. Details below!

Art @ the Library

In August and September the library is hosting Freedom Isn’t Free, an art exhibit by painter Gloria Luna. The paintings included in this inspirational exhibit will be accompanied by stories of survivors of war, those who grieve for lost lives, those suffering from PTSD, and of those who still fight.

A “meet-and-greet” reception for Luna will be held for Luna on Saturday, August 20 from 1 – 3 p.m.  The public is invited to this free event and encouraged to stop in to enjoy the diverse exhibit.

In August and September the library will also be hosting an exhibit of cross-stitch and similar handwork created by Marlou McCann and Lyla Boschee.

Music in the Library Park

The Great Falls Public Library’s Music in the Library Park series continues in August with the following programs. (Note the special, additional event included on the August 9th date.) All events are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chair, although the library does provide chairs if needed. The event will move indoors in the case of inclement weather. The event is sponsored by the Great Falls Public Library Foundation.

  • Tuesday, August 2
    • 7:00 p.m.
    • Telegraph Hill- This four-member Bluegrass group gives the audience a taste of authentic Bluegrass.
  • Tuesday, August 9
    • 6:00 p.m.
    • Annual Library Picnic- The Friends of GFPL sponsor the annual library picnic and serve up the food in the Library Park. Stay to enjoy the music after eating.
    • 7:00 p.m.
    • The Wilbur Rehmann Group- Equally at home in a smoky San Francisco jazz club or a natural mountain amphitheater in Western Montana, saxophonist Wilbur Rehmann, of Helena, leads his quintet through original and standard jazz tunes.  The audience is in for a treat hearing this internationally popular group. The group is back by popular demand.
  • Tuesday, August 16
    • 7:00 p.m.
    • Sally Jo Ratliff and Friends- Vocalist Sally Jo Ratliff is joined by various local musicians for a Bluegrass jamboree.
  • Tuesday, August 23
    • 7:00 p.m.
    • Common Ground- Guitar picker and singer Dusty Peterson and vocalist Nicki Herzog roll out contemporary sounds with a soft rock influence.
  • Tuesday, August 30
    • 7:00 p.m.
    • Jeni Dodd- Singer/songwriter Dodd, who traditionally has been the Library’s Summer Music Series finale, plays acoustic, folk, country, and originals.

Brown Bag Lunch Series

The Great Falls Public Library’s Brown Bag Lunch series continues on Wednesdays at noon in August in the Library Park. The event will move indoors in case of inclement weather. 

  • August 3
    • Playing History, It’s Not Just About Wargames- A demonstration and discussion of history-based games with Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous Director Jeff Watson.  GF Gaming Rendezvous is a non-profit organization committed to foster community through gaming and a celebration of pop culture. They sponsor the Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous Arts & Sciences Scholarship at UGF.
  • August 10
    • Open Your Heart, Awaken Your Soul!- Janine Tillman, a Licensed Clinical Counselor, introduces the work of Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha and his breakthrough healing modality, Soul Healing, which utilizes mantras at its core.  Since becoming involved in this practice, which turned her own chronic health issues around, Tillman has become a Divine Channel and Worldwide Representative of Master Sha.  She will introduce Soul Power and share a simple mantra with the power to transform you and your life.
    • Typically, most mantras are sounds and syllables whose true value lies in their vibrational quality more than in any meaning that humans, society, culture, or civilization has placed on them over the last few thousand years.  Functioning on vibrational and energetic levels mantras can help you access deeper states of consciousness, creativity, well-being, and healing.  Throughout history chanting mantras has been a powerful method for healing, transformation, and spiritual development and is widely used by millions today for these purposes.
  • August 17
    • Playing Fiction.  It’s Not Just about Dungeons and Dragons- Jeff Watson, Gaming Director of Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous, will demonstrate and discuss fantasy and science fiction-based games.
  • August 24
    • The Skinny Wallet: an Open Forum Question and Answer Session- Summer Red of Rural Dynamics will lead a Q & A on all things financial. Bring your lunch and financial questions.

Bound for the Western Sea

The Great Falls Public Library is hosting Bound for the Western Sea, a costumed reading and live musical performance with period music, with author Laura Lee Yates and Harry Harpoon on Thursday, August 11, 7:00 p.m., in the Library Park.  This program, which is free and open to the public, has appeal for both adults and children ages 10 and up. 

Yates is the author of the historical novel Bound for the Western Sea: The Canine Account of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In this book Yates tells the story of the Lewis & Clark expedition as seen through the eyes of Seaman, the Newfoundland dog that accompanied the Corps. She enmeshed herself in the original journals as well as contemporary research to ensure the accuracy of historical detail. Accompanying the book is a music CD performed and produced by the author’s partner, Harry Harpoon, featuring Lewis & Clark period tunes as well as original songs with lyrics by the author.

Game Day

Come to the Great Falls Public Library on Saturday, August 20th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to enjoy Game Day sponsored by the Great Falls Public Library and the Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous. At this free event, which is open to the public, you can enjoy a variety of games including board, card and miscellaneous games, storytelling and cosplay. You are encouraged to come in costume and meet special guest cosplayer Miss Mouse (Marlisa Popp).  Guest speakers include the president of Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous (GFGR) Robert Thomson and New York Times Best-Selling author Jamie Ford. These speakers will participate in Gaming and Books, a panel discussion at 1 p.m.  Weather permitting, this panel will be held in the Library Park.

Cosplay,  a contraction of the words costume roleplay, is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture and a broader use of the term "cosplay" applies to any costumed role-playing in venues apart from the stage. Favorite sources include manga, comic books and cartoons, video games, and live-action films and television series.

Featured games include Pandemic, Game of Thrones Risk Edition, Kids Apples to Apples, Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, King of Tokyo, Formula D, and many more.  Volunteers will be present to teach folks how to play each game.

Kids’ Place Happenings

After the conclusion of this year’s Summer Reading Program on July 21, the Kids’ Place is taking a short break from regularly held programs.  Story Time, which is for youth 30-months to 5-years-old, will resume on Wednesday, August 17 and Thursday, August 18 at its regular time of 10:30 a.m.  Toddler Time, which is for babies from birth to 30-months, resumes its regular schedule on Friday, August 19, at 10:30 a.m. 

For more information, contact Jude Smith at (406) 453-0349, or visit greatfallslibrary.org.

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