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...

First Fridays – World Museum of Mining

On Friday, February 5th, our noon time series will feature a talk by Jeanette Kopf for the World Museum of Mining.  Ms. Kopf will speak about the Museum’s events, education, and volunteer opportunities this summer. The World Museum of Mining is located on the campus of Montana Tech here in Butte.  Since the museum is 95% outside, it is open from April 1st through October 31.  It offers underground tours at both the 65 foot level and the 100 foot level.  This museum offers a glimpse into the history of Butte during its heyday and a unique partof our culture.   From their website: The World Museum of Mining was founded in 1963 when the close of Butte’s mining heyday was less than two decades away. In the end, Butte experienced a century of hard-rock mining and earned the reputation of being home to one of the world’s most productive copper mines of all time. The Museum exists to preserve the enduring history of  Butte and the legacy of its rich mining and cultural heritage. The World Museum of Mining is one of the few museums in the world located on an actual mine yard, the Orphan Girl Mine. With fifty exhibit buildings, countless artifacts, and sixty-six primary exhibits in the mine yard, visitors can spend a couple of hours to an entire day lost in the unfolding story. By walking the streets of Hell Roarin’ Gulch and venturing to the depths of the Orphan Girl Mine, you can almost see their blackened faces and hear their exhausted sighs at the conclusion of the workday.   For more information...

Get Eclipse: All American Eclipse August 21st

On August 21st, 2017 a solar eclipse will be visible from much of the continental United States.  Butte will experience an eclipse of up to 90% at its apex at 11:33 am.  Since this eclipse will only be view-able from the US, it is being called the All American Eclipse.  This phenomenon will not occur again until 2024–so be sure to catch it this year! The Butte-Silver Bow Public Library will host a viewing party at our uptown branch on August 21st from 11:00 am to noon.  Information on eclipses, activities, and eclipse glasses will be available. NASA’s Official Eclipse page and more information about this phenomenon. Educational Materials...

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....

“Calling B*!!$#@t” Class

Welcome to Butte Public Library’s new “Calling Bullshit” class!1 What, exactly, is bullshit? American philosopher Henry Frankfurt first coined the term in 1985, and academics have debated the question ever since. For the purposes of this class, Bullshit is language, statistical figures, data graphics, and other forms of presentation intended to persuade by impressing and overwhelming a reader or listener, with a blatant disregard for truth and logical coherence. Learning Objectives Our learning objectives are straightforward. After taking the course, you should be able to: Remain vigilant for bullshit contaminating your information diet. Recognize said bullshit whenever and wherever you encounter it. Figure out for yourself precisely why a particular bit of bullshit is bullshit. Provide other people with an accessible and persuasive explanation of why a claim is bullshit. We will be astonished if these skills do not turn out to be useful and broadly applicable. Discussion Guidelines Being critical and using critical thinking are not the same thing. You can disagree with opinions, but no personal attacks (a common logical fallacy). You can and should criticize issues we are discussing, based on the tools learned in the class. View news through an information literacy lens. This is not a public policy class, so we don’t need to debate the pros and cons of a specific policy or proposal. We want to understand how stories, policies, and proposals are communicated. Through the information literacy tools covered, we want to learn what and why something works or doesn’t work. Name the medium and specify the source. Is it the news media? Or social media? TV? Is it a news...