First Fridays: The Importance of Her Voice

The Importance of Her Voice: Song in the Lives of Mountain Women with Almeda Bradshaw, singer/song writer Meet Emma Bell Miles, a bride of Appalachian poverty, and hear the songs sung by the women she lived among on Walden’s Ridge, TN. At the turn of the 20th century, these women were the bearers of folk song tradition. They were the keepers and teachers and they passed on a distinct female point of view as they experienced poverty, hardship, economic exploitation, sexual subjugation and limited opportunities. Their songs, filled with humor, sadness, victory and heartache, remind us of our common humanity and of those who live even today disenfranchised, overlooked and ignored.   Friday, October 5 at Noon Big Butte Room, 3rd...

Banned Books Week at BSBPL!

BSBPL in partnership with Clark Chateau and local author David Abrams, will host 2 events during Banned Books Week 2018.  There will be a reception on Tuesday, September 25th, at 6:00pm on the first floor of BSBPL.  We will have volunteers read from banned books and David Abrams will discuss how it has affected him as a writer.  There will be a display of the most challenged books of 2017 & 2016.  On Wednesday, September 26th, at noon at the Butte Archives, David Abrams and librarian, Shari Curtis, will discuss intellectual freedom as part of the Archives’ brown bag series.  Please join us for either or both of these events. More about Banned Books Week from https://bannedbooksweek.org/: Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. 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. Banned Books Week 2018 will be held September 23 – 29. The 2018 theme, “Banning Books Silences Stories,” is a reminder that everyone needs to speak out against the tide of censorship.  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 ALA Office for Intellectual...

Final Gardening Series Class

Gardening Series: Seed Saving, Root Cellaring, & Winterization Thursday, September 27 at 6:00pm Big Butte room, 3rd floor BSBPL On Thursday, September 27 at 6:00pm BSBPL will present our final Gardening Series class in the Big Butte room on the third floor of the library.  This month, Sadie Barrett will present on seed saving, root cellaring, and winterization of your garden.  Come learn about what you can do to save seeds for the seed library, enjoy roots all winter and prep your garden for next year.  If you have seeds to screen, please bring them in and we can prep them for you. 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 fullest potential in many ways. # # # If you would like more information about this program, please contact Shari Curtis at 406-723-3361 ex. 6302 or email at scurtis@buttepubliclibrary.info. All programs are free of...

First Fridays: What Happened to the News? with Dennis Swibold

What Happened to the News? with Dennis Swibold Professor, University of Montana School of Journalism Never has so much news been available. The trick is knowing how to find it—and how to judge its credibility. This program—presented by a veteran journalist, author and educator—takes listeners behind the curtain to reveal how the news is made and explain the revolutionary changes facing today’s fast-paced news media. It also offers citizens tools and techniques for staying well-informed amid the virtual blizzard of information—and for participating directly in the civic debates crucial to their communities, state and nation. Please join us Friday, June 1st for this informative lecture. This program brought to you in partnership with Humanities...

First Fridays: Andrea Stierle April 6, 2018

And now for something completely different – a search for drugs in really odd places. Travel with Andrea Stierle to the majestic Berkeley Pit in Butte Montana, ground zero of the largest EPA Superfund site in North America.  Andrea will describe some of the research that she and husband/collaborator Donald Stierle have been involved in for the past twenty-three years. This research began when the Stierles were faculty in the Department of Chemistry at Montana Tech.  They began their exploration of the secondary metabolites of fungi and bacteria surviving and thriving in an abandoned open-pit copper mine that has evolved into an acid mine waste lake. Berkeley Pit Lake now contains over 150 billion liters of metal sulfate rich, acidic “water” (pH 2.5) and sits at the headwaters of the Clark Fork and Columbia Rivers. With its low pH and high metal content, it was considered too toxic to support life.   In 1995, however, Andrea began to isolate fungi and bacteria from water and sediment samples provided by the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology.  Although conditions within the Pit Lake System were too toxic for “normal” aquatic biota, these same conditions provided an ideal environment for extremophiles which have proven to be a dynamic source of bioactive drug-like molecules waiting to be discovered.  The Stierles moved their lab to the University of Montana in 2009 and are currently Research Professors in the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  They have isolated compounds with activity against non-small cell lung cancer, ovarian cancer, melanoma, retinoblastoma and leukemia, as well as a new antibiotic with activity against MRSAs from this collection....

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...