First Fridays: Profiles of African American Montanans

Our First Fridays series continues on September 6 at noon with “Untold Stories of Montana Minorities” by Ellen Baumler Newly emerging stories about the contributions of minority groups reveal a neglected aspect of Montana’s heritage. These stories open a dialogue about minorities in our communities, both past and present. African American, Chinese, Japanese, and Jewish pioneers helped anchor Montana in myriad ways. Each group made lasting contributions and left significant legacies revealing a state history as diverse and as compelling as its topography. The program offers a survey of all or one of these groups, highlighting the hidden histories of each and the roles they played, and continue to play, in building our communities. Ellen Baumler earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in English, classics, and history. She was the Montana Historical Society’s interpretive historian from 1992 until her retirement in 2018. She is an award-winning author of numerous books and dozens of articles on diverse Montana topics, and a 2011 recipient of the Governor’s Award for the...

Gardening Series: Seed Saving

Continuing our summer gardening series, John Wallace from NCAT will be here to demonstrate seed saving.  Seed or tuber saving is about saving part of your crop and reusing it the next year.  This allows for the continuation of successful plants instead of commercial purchasing of seeds every year.  It can aid in the success of a crop because only the plants that do well locally can be...

First Fridays: Len Janson from Butte 100 Mountain Bike Race

  First Fridays will continue on July 5th at noon in the Big Butte room.  Len Janson, race director, will be here to speak about Butte 100.  The race will be held here in Butte on Saturday, July 27th.  Come here about the race and how it hopes to impact Butte. For more information about the race, please visit their website at...

50th Anniversary Apollo 11

July 20, 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing.  Butte Astronomy Club’s Joe Witherspoon, from Cottontail Observatory, will be here to talk about the mission and celebrate this remarkable event.   The even kicks off at 2:00 in the Big Butte Room on the third floor.  All ages are...

Launch Party: Forever Neverland

BSBPL Children’s library is honor to have author Susan Adrian return to the library for the launch of her new children’s book, Forever Neverland.  We had so much fun at the launch of her last book, Nutcracked that we wanted to do it again.  So join us on Tuesday, June 25th at 6:00pm for this fun filled launch party! About Forever Neverland: What if Peter Pan wanted to take you to Neverland? Would you go? A contemporary sequel to J. M. Barrie’s timeless classic Peter Pan, perfect for kids who loved THE LAND OF STORIES and dream of going to Neverland. Clover and Fergus are the great-great-grandchildren of Wendy Darling (yes, that Wendy). And now Peter Pan wants to take them to Neverland for the adventure of their lives! But Clover is a little nervous–she’s supposed to look after her brother. Fergus is autistic, and not everyone makes him feel welcome. What will happen to him in this magical world? Fergus isn’t nervous at all. To him, Neverland seems like a dream come true! He’s tired of Clover’s constant mothering and wants some independence, like Peter and the Lost Boys have. He wonders, Why can’t the real world be more like Neverland? Neverland is fun and free, but it’s also dangerous and even scary at times. Unfamiliar creatures lurk in the shadows, and strange sounds come from the waters. And then the mermaids start to go missing. . . . In an imaginative and thoughtful continuation of the story of Peter Pan, Susan Adrian explores Neverland with a fresh perspective and indelible warmth, offering a new adventure based on a...