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...

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...

Author Event: Janelle Olberding

Join us on Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:00 pm when Janelle Olberding about her latest book “Butte and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.”  Olberding will give a talk about her book, answer questions, and sign books.  Copies will be available for purchase at the event.  This event will take place in The Carle Gallery on the 3rd floor of the library.   Summary: Butte was an incomparable city, but in late 1918, some of the things that made it so exceptional also made it incredibly cruel. That year, the Spanish flu swept across the country, killing some 675,000 Americans before year’s end. Some of the country’s highest mortality rates occurred in its cities–Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, and Butte. In less than six months, the virus killed almost 2 percent of Butte’s residents and overwhelmed public health systems. Experimental treatments, civil unrest, death, and human resilience followed in the dramatic final weeks of the year. Author Janelle Olberding recounts the emotional struggle of the men and women who fought against, suffered from, and succumbed to influenza on the “Richest Hill on Earth.”...

Suds ~ Seeds ~ Sowers

On Wednesday, April 24th we are having a gardening get together featuring Park Street Community Garden and our Butte Seed Library.  If you like to grow or would like to learn, come join us and other enthusiasts at Muddy Creek Brewery from 5:00 until 8:00. Check out some seeds from the library, get a start from us, get your plot from Park Street, and shared your knowledge of growing in...

Spring Break @Your Library

We’re offering family friendly events at the library over spring break.  Want your kids to have some fun and maybe learn something new while they’re away from school?  Want to get them out of the house for a little while?  Bring them to the library every afternoon at 2:00 from April 17 through April 22. April 17:  Pieces of Pi Art April 18: Not-so-boring board games April 19: Stamp Out Boredom April 20: Family Movie Time April 21: Sorry Library Closed April 22: Rocket...

ACT Study Groups

BSBPL Hosts:  ACT Study groups for Teens! Target problem areas to study more efficiently!  Each session will cover the most common topics and concepts tested.  Free for all high school students. English March 5     4-5   Teen Zone Math March 12   4-5   Teen Zone Reading March 19   4-5   Teen Zone Science March 26   4-5   Teen Zone Practice Test March 2      10:30    Community Room, Basement March 30   10:30     Community Room, Basement  ...