Banned Books Week, 2016

Throughout the country children are beginning a new academic year. Teachers are sending out their lists of required readings, and parents are beginning to gather books. In some cases, classics like “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “The Catcher in the Rye,” and “To Kill a Mocking Bird,” may not be included in curriculum or available in the school library due to challenges made by parents or administrators. Since 1990, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has recorded more than 10,000 book challenges. A challenge is a formal, written complaint requesting a book be removed from library shelves or school curriculum. About three out of four of all challenges are to material in schools or school libraries, and one in four are to material in public libraries. OIF estimates that less than one-quarter of challenges are reported and recorded. It is thanks to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, and students that most challenges are unsuccessful and reading materials like “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” “Slaughterhouse Five,” the Harry Potter series, and Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s Alice series, remain available. The most challenged and/or restricted reading materials have been books for children. However, challenges are not simply an expression of a point of view; on the contrary, they are an attempt to remove materials from public use, thereby restricting the access of others. Even if the motivation to ban or challenge a book is well intentioned, the outcome is detrimental. Censorship denies our freedom as individuals to choose and think for ourselves. For children, decisions about what books to read should be made by the...

Free ACT Practice Test for High Schools Juniors!

Butte Sylvan Learning and the Butte-Silver Bow Public Library are teaming up to give area students a FREE Practice ACT Test. WHEN: Saturday, October 8th, begins @ 10:30 am WHERE: Butte Public Library, 226 W. Broadway, 4th floor WHO: Juniors in High School WHAT TO BRING: 2 pencils, a calculator, and a watch   The Sylvan Learning Director will find a convenient time for you and your parents to come to Sylvan to review your FREE Practice ACT results.  Have your parents call Sylvan at 782-5700. Sign up here  or by calling Kristel at 782-5700.  Deadline for signup Thursday, October 6th, limited seating....

Library Book Sale!

In case you missed our press release in the Montana Standard and the many social media posts, the library is in the middle of its summer book sale! With new shelving units in the bargain basement space, the library has increased capacity to hold the plethora of books donated by generous patrons. Volunteers spent hours sorting, organizing, and pricing hundreds of books and audiovisual material. Visit the library this week and next during open hours to browse books and add selections to your home library.  ...

Nancy Erickson: Encounters @Carle Gallery

The Carle Gallery, on the third floor of the main branch, is pleased to host Encounters, by Nancy Erickson.  The exhibit will run May 1-31.  Please join us for the opening reception  on May 5th at 6:30. Nancy Erickson is nationally-recognized fiber artist. Her artwork recognizes the individual dignity of wild creatures, often juxtaposing them with people or human environments.  Since the 1960s, she has created remarkable fabric constructions, quilts, paintings and drawings and is renowned for her pioneering organic free-floating quilted paintings.  This exhibition features her large-scale, free-form textile compositions which are inspired by the cave art found at Chauvet Pont d’Arc and Lascaux. Erickson was raised on a cattle ranch near Livingston, MT.  She holds a BA in Zoology and an MS in Nutrition from the University of Iowa and an MA and MFA from the University of Montana. Her work resides in numerous public and private collections and has been featured in over 500 exhibitions nationally and abroad, most recently in a fiber work symposium in Raleigh, NC, the Museum of Art & Design in NY, and in 2013 at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture. If you or someone you know would like to exhibit artwork in the Carle Gallery, please visit our page for an application here.  ...

National Library Week 2016

This week, Butte Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses, and communities nationwide in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries for National Library Week, April 10-16. Libraries today are more about what they do, for and with library users as opposed to what they have for patrons. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies or just relax. Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including Ancestry, Auto Repair Reference Center, Small Engine Repair Reference Center, other EBSCO resources, and Montana Library2Go that can be accessed online. Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. At Butte Public Library we are transforming by providing weekly story times, meeting space for clubs and groups, Tuesday Lego Night, Wii Wednesday, Thursday Coding Night, Friday computer classes, Saturday matinees, and various stand-alone events, such as the upcoming First Annual Edible Book Festival on Saturday, April 16 in celebration of National Library Week. Libraries are many things to many people. They work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public to discover and address the needs of their communities. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, assistance for job seekers or offering a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond. http://buttepubliclibrary.info/wp-content/uploads/National-Library-Week-PSA-30.mp3   First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each...