First Fridays: Dark Money

Our First Fridays series continues on January 4th with a screening of the documentary, Dark Money, a political documentary directed by Kimberly Reed.  Please join us at noon for this informative film! www.darkmoneyfilm.com  ...

Homes & Honky Tonks: Post WWII Women in Country Music with Almeda Bradshaw

Join us for a special afternoon event with Almeda Bradshaw on December 29th at 2:00 pm in the Big Butte room on the third floor of the library.  Almeda is returning after a highly successful First Fridays in September.  She combines history with music for a thoroughly entertaining time.  Brought to you with a grant by Humanities Montana. Homes & Honky Tonks: Post WWII Women in Country Music For working class country folk, honky tonk music became their voice of loneliness and alienation as men and women coped with the stress and adjustments of life after the atomic bomb. 1950s suburban conformity, meant to help normalize the family unit, only contributed to feelings of victimization for both sexes. Examine how PTSD, then unrecognized, contributed to the dysfunction of families and learn how Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and others responded in their songs to the social changes of post-World War II America. Program information here Artist...

First Fridays: Swinging Through American History with Mark Matthews

Butte-Silver Bow Public Library will continue their First Fridays series on December 7th at noon with guest speaker, Mark Mathews.  His talk is entitled “Swinging through American History.”  Matthews will take you back to the ballrooms, taverns, juke joints, honky tonks and dance emporiums of the past as he explains the manner in which American dancing evolved with certain social changes–and, how certain dances stimulated changes in American social life. The spectrum of historic dances runs from the colonial English country dance to the French quadrille to the American square dance and the waltz; plus modern movements such as the one-steps, the Charleston, Lindy hop, mambo, twist and disco. Mark will even get the more adventurous audiences out of their chairs and onto their feet to experience the joy of movement. Brought to you with a grant from Humanities...

Highlands Hospice Hosts Film Screening

In honor of National Hospice & Palliative Care Month, please join us for a special screening of Seven Songs for a Long Life on Thursday, November 8 at 5:00 pm on the third floor of BSBPL.  Highlands Hospice will be on hand to lead a discussion after the screening. For more information about the film, see...

BSBPL Book Club Selections

  Artemis by Andy Weir Jasmine Bashara never signed up to be a hero. She just wanted to get rich. Not crazy, eccentric-billionaire rich, like many of the visitors to her hometown of Artemis, humanity’s first and only lunar colony. Just rich enough to move out of her coffin-sized apartment and eat something better than flavored algae. Rich enough to pay off a debt she’s owed for a long time. Trapped between competing forces, pursued by a killer and the law alike, even Jazz has to admit she’s in way over her head. She’ll have to hatch a truly spectacular scheme to have a chance at staying alive and saving her city. Jazz is no hero, but she is a very good criminal. That’ll have to do. Propelled by its heroine’s wisecracking voice, set in a city that’s at once stunningly imagined and intimately familiar, and brimming over with clever problem-solving and heist-y fun, Artemis is another irresistible brew of science, suspense, and humor from #1 bestselling author Andy Weir.   Beartown by Fredrik Backman People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of...