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...

Author’s Talk: Montana Noir @ BSBPL

ABOUT THE EVENT Butte-Silver Bow Public Library is proud to announce our lunch time event with the authors of Montana Noir.  From noon to one on September 26th, David Abrams, James Grady, Keir Graff, and Yvonne Seng will read from their stories and answer questions.  This event will take place on the third floor of the uptown branch. ABOUT THE BOOK Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book. Montana is a state that many Americans know very little about, but its criminal dimensions can sometimes run as deep as anywhere else in the country. Whether the setting is urban (or what passes for urban in Montana) or rural, or somewhere in between, the stories in this volume bring the full state to life . . . or death. Featuring brand-new stories by: David Abrams, Caroline Patterson, Eric Heidle, Thomas McGuane, Janet Skeslien Charles, Sidner Larson, Yvonne Seng, James Grady, Jamie Ford, Carrie La Seur, Walter Kirn, Gwen Florio, Debra Magpie Earling, and Keir Graff.   For more information about the book tour,...

Banned Books Week, September 24-30

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. Throughout the month of September, be on the lookout for book displays, bulletin boards, posters, and a dapper resident raven by the name of Edgar supporting your freedom to...