First Fridays: Sumo Wrestling

The library will kick off it Japan: Art, Language, & Culture series with out January First Fridays.  We will explore Sumo Wrestling.  This Japanese sport is highly ritualized and has strong Shinto religious meaning.  We will view a series of documentaries that explore the history, present, and future of the sport. Sumo 101 (National Geographic) Girth, grit and training can bring victory in Japan’s most beloved traditional sport. Sumo wrestling dates back to Shinto ceremonies more than 1,000 years old; its traditions dictate everything from pre-show rituals to the wrestlers’ diet. Ireland’s First Sumo (BBC) Colin Carrot becomes Ireland’s first sumo wrestler at the World Sumo Wrestling Championships in Japan. Little Miss Sumo (Netflix) A female sumo wrestler fights against tradition and stigma to win her place in the...

Japan: Art, Language, Culture

The Carle Gallery will exhibit a collection of Kimonos from long-time Whitehall resident, Keiko Nabb.  Nabb, a native of Japan, has collected family Kimonos for several decades.  The Kimonos will be on display from December 15th through February 29th. In addition to the exhibition in the Carle Gallery, the library will host several events.  Japan: Art, Language, and Culture will feature a series of events including origami classes, beginning Japanese, Japanese Temples, and Japanese crafts.  Below is the full schedule. Friday, January 3rd: Sumo Wrestling: Past & Future.   Sumo 101, Ireland’s First Sumo, & Little Miss Sumo  shown as part of First Fridays at Noon Tuesday, January 14th: Beginning Japanese class at 6:00pm Tuesday, January 21st: Beginning Origami at 6:00pm Tuesday, January 28th: Sewn Japanese sketch books at 6:00pm Tuesday, February 4th: Beginning Japanese class at 6:00pm Friday, February 7th: Japanese Internment in Montana as part of First Fridays at noon with Kristjana Eyjolfsson (Fort Missoula) Tuesday, February 11th: Tour Japanese Temples at 6:00pm Tuesday, February 18th: Koi Windsocks at 6:00pm Tuesday, February 25th: Beginning Origami at 6:00pm Saturday, February 29th: Closing Reception at 2:00pm.  Special guests: Erik & Tomoko Rose from the Japan Friendship Club as well as Games & Crafts for the whole...

First Fridays: National Park Adventure

First Fridays Series continues on Friday, December 6 with a screening of National Park Adventure.  The documentary will start at noon on the 3rd floor.  Bring your lunch and your curiosity. One hundred years ago, areas of great natural beauty were declared protected for eternity. A team of modern day explorers take an off trail adventure, through the national parks of the USA, showing the beauty of the parks that is awe inspiring. See a preview...

Book Club Books

Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund Marie Antoinette was a child of fourteen when her mother, the Empress of Austria, arranged for her to leave her family and her country to become the wife of the fifteen-year-old Dauphin, the future King of France. Coming of age in the most public of arenas—eager to be a good wife and strong queen—she warmly embraces her adopted nation and its citizens. She shows her new husband nothing but love and encouragement, though he repeatedly fails to consummate their marriage and in so doing is unable to give what she and the people of France desire most: a child and an heir to the throne. Deeply disappointed and isolated in her own intimate circle, and apart from the social life of the court, she allows herself to remain ignorant of the country’s growing economic and political crises, even as poor harvests, bitter winters, war debts, and poverty precipitate rebellion and revenge. The young queen, once beloved by the common folk, becomes a target of scorn, cruelty, and hatred as she, the court’s nobles, and the rest of the royal family are caught up in the nightmarish violence of a murderous time called “the Terror.”  With penetrating insight and with wondrous narrative skill, Sena Jeter Naslund offers an intimate, fresh, heartbreaking, and dramatic reimagining of this truly compelling woman that goes far beyond popular myth—and she makes a bygone time of tumultuous change as real to us as the one we are living in now. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant An unforgettable novel about a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston...

First Fridays: Writing History with Laura Nelson

First Fridays continues on October 4th at noon with Laura Nelson.  Her lecture will explore Writing history. A hundred years from now, what stories will be remembered? How will people then know what life was like today? If you’re in New York or L.A. there are media giants recording the daily news. The national stories and international troubles are laid out in detail. But for small towns, in places like rural Montana, the only people telling those stories, the ones who care, are local journalists at small town papers. Laura Nelson leads a conversation about how journalists of the past to help historians understand the events, reactions, and stories that were important in a community and how journalists today write the history future generations will use to understand who they are. Laura Nelson is a freelance journalist currently writing a history of the state’s largest agricultural organization. She’s previously covered rural communities as an award-winning weekly newspaper editor and social media consultant. This event brought to you by a grant from Humanities Montana.  We appreciate all that HM does for our state and society....

BSBPL’s Speak Out Against Censorship

In honor of Banned Books Week, Butte Public Library is holding a Speak Out Against Censorship event on Thursday, September 26th at 6:00 pm on the first floor of the uptown branch. Librarians, educators, authors and journalist will all read a passage from their favorite challenged books.  This event is meant to highlight how libraries are at the forefront of your right to read what you want. Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It 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. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of...