Summer Reading @Your Library

Summer reading is an important part of a child’s education.  Summer is an important time for students to keep reading and improve their language skills. If your child hasn’t been reading regularly this summer, they may be in danger of the “summer slide”—a decline in their reading ability. Numerous studies indicate that students who don’t read or read infrequently during their summer vacation see their reading abilities stagnate or decline. This effect becomes more pronounced as students get older and advance through the school system. The situation for economically disadvantaged students is especially grim: if students from low-income families don’t read over the summer, they are much more likely to fall behind their more privileged peers, widening the “achievement gap.” Kids are encouraged to read as much as they can.  Those with the most books will receive prizes at the end of Summer Reading.  Every Thursday, parents are encouraged to bring their children to the library for education and fun! Below is our schedule for each Thursday. June 14th-  Kick-Off Ice Cream Social June 21st-  The Science Mine June 28th-  Butte Symphony July 5th-  Sing along with SING Movie July 12th-  Chalk Art on the Sidewalk July 19th- Magic Show July 26th-Irish Dancers   If questions about this program, please contact our Children’s department at 406-723-3361 ext. 6150.        ...

First Fridays: What Happened to the News? with Dennis Swibold

What Happened to the News? with Dennis Swibold Professor, University of Montana School of Journalism Never has so much news been available. The trick is knowing how to find it—and how to judge its credibility. This program—presented by a veteran journalist, author and educator—takes listeners behind the curtain to reveal how the news is made and explain the revolutionary changes facing today’s fast-paced news media. It also offers citizens tools and techniques for staying well-informed amid the virtual blizzard of information—and for participating directly in the civic debates crucial to their communities, state and nation. Please join us Friday, June 1st for this informative lecture. This program brought to you in partnership with Humanities...

First Fridays: Community Sustainability in Butte with Energy Corps

Our First Fridays series continues on May 4th at noon.  Please join us as the Energy Corps will be here to present on Community Sustainability.   What does community sustainability mean? Sustainable communities tend to focus on environmental and economic sustainability, urban infrastructure, social equity, and municipal government. The term is sometimes used synonymously with “green cities,” “eco-communities,” “livable cities” and “sustainable cities.” It is generally accepted that there are 10 principles of community sustainability. In this talk, we will discuss each principle in the scope of Butte. How Butte excels in some areas and how it can continue to improve in others. Butte’s unique history means that it has an enormous potential to become a center for development, industry, and tourism within Montana. Our goal is to outline ways this can be achieved while letting Butte remain true to its cultural heritage. The Energy Corps AmeriCorps project is an initiative of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) in cooperation with The Corporation for National and Community Service that was created to address unmet community energy needs by promoting sustainable energy consumption and education, fostering community sustainability and helping to mitigate the effects of global climate...

Summer Gardening Series: April 26th

The kick off class to our Summer Gardening Series is April 26th at 6:00 pm on the third floor of the library. We welcome guest speaker, Sadie Barrett, who will get us going on gardening basics as well as garden design.  This class is for beginners and for those with a little more experience who want to know about how to design your garden so as to not waste space. A little about Sadie: Sadie Barrett is a gastronomist who was raised in Idaho on an off grid homestead on the edge of the Frank Church Wideness, the largest wilderness in the lower U.S. She learned gardening from her parents and has been cold climate gardening in her own garden for 20 years.  She teaches master gardener courses,  seed saving classes, fermentation classes, mentors youth in agriculture and has a commercial nursery license.  Sadie founded the Idaho Heritage Tree project (preserving old strains of fruit trees) and is currently working on several new cider varieties of apples.  Her work with apples is supported by MSU research facility in Corvallis,  MT. Sadie believes we are what we eat. She believes gardening is one of the best ways to obtain our our fullest potential in many ways....

3rd Annual Edible Book Festival @BSBPL

Each year we hold an Edible Book Festival in conjunction with National Library Week! The first question always is: what is an Edible Book Festival?  We ask literary and culinary enthusiasts to submit creations that are 1: edible and 2: inspired by a book, author or character.  We bring these all together, award prizes in various categories, and then eat the entries. This international festival has been held since 2000.  BSBPL started their festival a few years ago and have invited the public, local restaurants, and edible bibliophiles in Butte to participate. This year’s festival is on April 7th (Saturday before National Library Week).  The festival begins at 3:00 on the third floor of the uptown branch.  Entrees can be dropped off between 1:30-2:30. For more information, please contact Shari Curtis 723-3361 or...