Memoir writing

Starting February 7th, BSBPL will host a Life Writing Group on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30.  This initial meeting will last about 8 weeks, with a chance it may continue if there is interest.  This informed group will meet to share stories and practice writing.  You don’t have to be a great or even good writer to work on your memories and family history–you just have to be interested in chronicling these valuable stories for all time. This event is free and open to the public.  No registration required.  You are not required to attend every meeting.  Just bring pen and paper.  For more information, call Carol Eaglefeathers at 406-498-1475. About memoir writing: Jerry Jenkins Marion Roach NY Book...

Homes & Honky Tonks: Post WWII Women in Country Music with Almeda Bradshaw

Join us for a special afternoon event with Almeda Bradshaw on December 29th at 2:00 pm in the Big Butte room on the third floor of the library.  Almeda is returning after a highly successful First Fridays in September.  She combines history with music for a thoroughly entertaining time.  Brought to you with a grant by Humanities Montana. Homes & Honky Tonks: Post WWII Women in Country Music For working class country folk, honky tonk music became their voice of loneliness and alienation as men and women coped with the stress and adjustments of life after the atomic bomb. 1950s suburban conformity, meant to help normalize the family unit, only contributed to feelings of victimization for both sexes. Examine how PTSD, then unrecognized, contributed to the dysfunction of families and learn how Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and others responded in their songs to the social changes of post-World War II America. Program information here Artist...

First Fridays: Swinging Through American History with Mark Matthews

Butte-Silver Bow Public Library will continue their First Fridays series on December 7th at noon with guest speaker, Mark Mathews.  His talk is entitled “Swinging through American History.”  Matthews will take you back to the ballrooms, taverns, juke joints, honky tonks and dance emporiums of the past as he explains the manner in which American dancing evolved with certain social changes–and, how certain dances stimulated changes in American social life. The spectrum of historic dances runs from the colonial English country dance to the French quadrille to the American square dance and the waltz; plus modern movements such as the one-steps, the Charleston, Lindy hop, mambo, twist and disco. Mark will even get the more adventurous audiences out of their chairs and onto their feet to experience the joy of movement. Brought to you with a grant from Humanities...

First Fridays: Montana Towns: Then, Now, Tomorrow with Hal Stearns

Our First Fridays series continues with Hal Stearns.  He presents his talk about Montana Towns.  Joins us Friday, November 2 at noon. Montana is a state of extremes, from high mountains to great plains. Half the population lives in just five communities and another third of residents lives in just ten others. After the big ones, the remaining 134 incorporated towns are often unique, often overlooked, and all small, yet personify so much of the Big Sky. These small towns were built around gold, coal and oil, timber, cows and sheep, early trails, roads and rails. But time brings change. Why do some smaller towns hang in while others drift away? A few invent new roles and others reinvent themselves. Should we care? A discussion helps us understand the small places that are a big part of the Montana...

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...