Book Club Reading Suggestions for Fall

Here are the suggestions for BSBPL book club reads for fall: The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan The Irish-American story, with all its twists and triumphs, is told through the improbable life of one man. A dashing young orator during the Great Famine of the 1840s, in which a million of his Irish countrymen died, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. He escaped and six months later was heralded in the streets of New York — the revolutionary hero, back from the dead, at the dawn of the great Irish immigration to America. Meagher’s rebirth in America included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade from New York in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War — Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg. Twice shot from his horse while leading charges, left for dead in the Virginia mud, Meagher’s dream was that Irish-American troops, seasoned by war, would return to Ireland and liberate their homeland from British rule. The hero’s last chapter, as territorial governor of Montana, was a romantic quest for a true home in the far frontier. His death has long been a mystery to which Egan brings haunting, colorful new evidence. The Big Burn by Timothy Egan On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno that jumped from treetop to ridge as it raged, destroying towns and timber in the blink of an eye....

New Database: EdReady Montana

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WWI Memorial Exhibition @Carle Gallery

April 2017 is the 100 year anniversary of the US entry into WWI. The Carle Gallery is hosting an exhibit to celebrate this commemoration. The exhibit consists of both informational and copies of WWI propaganda posters from the Library of Congress online collection. The text focuses on the impact in Montana, particularly in Butte....

Call for artists!

  Registration is now open for “Seasons of Montana.”  This is a curated show and open to entries of all mediums.  We are looking for artwork that expresses, if not pushes the boundaries of the concept of “seasons.”  The only requirement is that subjects be of Montana. Applications and electronic copies of submissions are accepted until February 24, 2017.  Notifications will be by February 27, 2017. Art work should be fully rendered and delivered to the Carle Gallery no later than March 6, 2017. Opening reception will be March 9, 2017. For applications, please download from The Carle Gallery page here....

BSBPL Book Club Suggested Reading List

Here are some recent suggestions for our book club reads: Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan The Irish-American story, with all its twists and triumphs, is told through the improbable life of one man. A dashing young orator during the Great Famine of the 1840s, in which a million of his Irish countrymen died, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. He escaped and six months later was heralded in the streets of New York — the revolutionary hero, back from the dead, at the dawn of the great Irish immigration to America.    Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene? Commonwealth by Ann Patchett  The acclaimed, bestselling author—winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize—tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining...