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...

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...

Parental Controls

Children’s online life begins very early and sometimes they advance faster than their parents are prepared for.  Below are videos and step by step handouts on how to set parental controls for your computers and devices. Parental Controls can limit not only the kinds of games and apps that can be used, they can also set time limits and what time of day a device can be used.  They cannot, however, prevent bullying.  Although, if a child is being bullied through a certain website or app (i.e. Instagram, SnapChat), those apps can be removed from the device and prevented from being downloaded again. While Parental Controls are a great tool in the battle to keep our children safe online, there is no substitute for interaction with kids while they’re online.  Let your kids know about your expectations, Be sure to discuss with them about what they should do when face with bullying online.  Above all, talk with them about their interactions with people online–you discuss what to do when a stranger approaches them in the real world, be sure to include the virtual world too. The internet can be a wonderful place for children to learn and interact with others, but parents need to take steps to ensure their safety. Below are step by step instructions for Windows 7 and Windows 10 machines. Windows creates parental controls by having users create multiple profiles.  The parent’s profile should be the administrator and password protected.   Windows 7 and earlier versions, these profiles are created locally.  Windows 10 and presumable later versions, these profiles are created on Microsoft.com. Parental Controls for Windows...

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....