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...

2018 Fundraising Calendar: Call for Submissions

The Butte-Silver Bow Public Library is seeking submissions for their 2018 Fundraising Calendar.  Entries should be digital copies of any medium that portray Butte past or present.  An image will be chosen for each month plus a cover image.  Copies of the calendar will be sold at through the library at our branches and various events around town for the purpose of raising funds for the library collections, events, and facilities.  Contributors will get full credit for any submitted artwork. Submissions are due by October 1st, 2017.  Calendars will be printed and available for sale during November and December.  All submission will be displayed in the Carle Gallery throughout January 2018. Submissions should be delivered electronically either by email or flash drive.  For more information, please visit our website at www.buttepubliclibrary.info or contact Shari Curtis at 406-723-3361  or email at...

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....

Hot Topics – Paris Climate Agreement

Paris Agreement, Council on Foreign Relations, December 12, 2015 United Nations Climate Change Newsroom (ongoing coverage) A Reader’s Guide to the Paris Agreement, The Atlantic, December 16, 2015 CAIT Climate Data Explorer, World Resources Institute (ongoing coverage) The Clean Energy Revolution, Council on Foreign Relations, May/June, 2016 The Climate Change Inquisition, Heritage Foundation, October 24, 2016 Environmental Policy Under Donald Trump, The Economist, November 15, 2016 Hundreds of U.S. Businesses Urge Trump To Uphold Paris Climate Deal, NPR, November 17, 2016...

Introducing Granville Stuart

Say hello to Butte Public Library’s mascot Granville Stuart! If you follow the library’s Facebook page, you may have noticed an old man in a top hat making a frequent appearance throughout the library. The original Granville Stuart (1834-1918), nicknamed “Mr. Montana,” was well-known in early Butte. Throughout his life, he was a prospector, miner, merchant, writer, gunsmith, blacksmith, butcher, horse-trader, real estate speculator, banker, rancher, diplomat, and librarian who played a significant role in the early history of Montana. Stuart crossed the continental divide October 10, 1857, seven years before Montana officially became a territory. Before settling in Butte, Stuart led a colorful life, which included marrying a twelve-year-old Shoshoni girl Awbonnie Tookanka in 1862 at the age of 24, expanding his family by eleven children, leading a vigilante band–“Stuart’s Stranglers”–that executed alleged rustlers, remarrying a year after Awbonnie’s death in 1888 to a 26 year old Allis Belle Brown Fairfield, working as ambassador of Paraguay and Uraguay for President Cleveland beginning in 1894, and continually trying to overcome precarious financial circumstances as he moved from one venture to the next. In 1898, the Stuarts returned to Montana and settled in Butte where they managed a boarding house called The Dorothy. In 1905 he became the head librarian at Butte Public Library. He retired in 1914 and devoted himself to writing, a life-long pursuit that left behind various diaries and books. To learn more about the real Granville Stuart, Montana: the Magazine of Western History has a fascinating article about him in the Autumn, 1986 issue.  ...