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...

Film Noir Series with David Abrams

  Wednesday nights are about to get dark and dangerous at the Library.   Join us for a new film series featuring classic film noir movies from the 1940s and 50s, a cinematic style full of dark streets, dangerous dames, and double-crosses. Many of you might be familiar with the term “film noir” (or, like me, you may already be a huge fan of these movies), but if not, you’ll see some great examples of the genre at the Library, including The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, and Touch of Evil (see below for the complete list). Film noir, with its classic cinematography saturated in light and shadow, was characterized by particular elements: the femme fatale, the defeated hero, the wronged gangster, the dangerous-but-sensitive henchman, the moll, the lug, the palooka—you get the idea. These movies, often shot with low budgets out of necessity, focused on mood, stylized lighting and downbeat characters.   Though they were sometimes dismissed as low-grade “B” pictures at the time, in retrospect we can see what a major impact noir movies had (and continue to have) on the film industry. Film noir made lasting stars out of Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum with legendary roles; boosted Joan Crawford’s Hollywood career when it started to sag; and set the stage for the later work of Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. And if you’re a fan of the AMC series Breaking Bad, you can thank film noir for giving us Walter White and all his meth-dealing troubles.   I’ve been a fan of film noir for decades—my love for the style probably started when Bogart looked at...

Adulting 101: Personal Finance

Adulting 101’s inaugural session will be about Personal Finances.  Below is an outline of the class, what will be covered, and outside sources to further your learning. Possible Topics: Money Management Borrowing Earning Power Investing Financial Services Insurance Living debt free About Credit Scores   MSU Extension Family Economics   MSU Extension Slid Finances PowerPay.org National Foundation for Credit Counseling...

BSBPL Book Club Suggestions

Here’s a list of possible titles to finish out 2018. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel by Bryn Greenwood As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer. Angels On A School Bus by Dr. Roberta K. Ray One dog being mistreated is one too many—so when a group of volunteers encounters a hoarder who is driving a bus crammed with over one hundred huskies and German shepherds, more than half of which are pregnant, they vow to do whatever it takes to rescue them.  Angels on a School Bus tells the remarkable story of this 2008 canine rescue, one of the largest operations in the United States, which took place in Butte, Montana. Camp Husky and its volunteers are a testament to the amazing impact a group of dedicated individuals can have when they work together and refuse to give up, no matter how dire the circumstances might be. Bear Town by Fredrick Backman  People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever...