Summer Reading Schedule 2019

Summer Reading

Thursdays, June 13 – July 26, 2019

2:00 PM


June 13th – Kick-off Ice Cream Social

June 20th – The Science Mine

June 27th – Galaxy Painting (Registration/First come)

July 4th    – Closed

July 11th  – Astronomy with Joe Witherspoon

July 18th  – Magic Show

July 25th  – Irish Dancers

Tuesday: Evening Story hour @ 6:30

Fridays: Books & Babies @ 11:00

Story hour @ 11:15


Author Event: Janelle Olberding

Join us on Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:00 pm when Janelle Olberding about her latest book “Butte and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.”  Olberding will give a talk about her book, answer questions, and sign books.  Copies will be available for purchase at the event.  This event will take place in The Carle Gallery on the 3rd floor of the library.


Summary: Butte was an incomparable city, but in late 1918, some of the things that made it so exceptional also made it incredibly cruel. That year, the Spanish flu swept across the country, killing some 675,000 Americans before year’s end. Some of the country’s highest mortality rates occurred in its cities–Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, and Butte. In less than six months, the virus killed almost 2 percent of Butte’s residents and overwhelmed public health systems. Experimental treatments, civil unrest, death, and human resilience followed in the dramatic final weeks of the year. Author Janelle Olberding recounts the emotional struggle of the men and women who fought against, suffered from, and succumbed to influenza on the “Richest Hill on Earth.”


First Fridays: June 7th CPR & Historic Preservation

On Friday, June 7th, our First Friday series will continue with Lee Whitney and Mary McCormack.  Please join us at noon to hear about these wonderful local programs.

Summary: Administrative Director, Lee Whitney, at Butte Citizens for Preservation and Revitalization (CPR) and the Butte-Silver Bow Historic Preservation Officer, Mary McCormick will present an update on the state of historic preservation in Butte.    A brief synopsis of our National Historic Landmark District and the mandates of the local historic preservation ordinance will be provided before we launch into programs  and activities supported by CPR  and/or Butte-Silver Bow to promote and preserve our community’s rich and varied collection of historic buildings and structures.

Summer Gardening Series

BSBPL presents  our summer gardening series.  On the fourth Thursday of every month from May through August, we meet for an hour long class and discussion, starting at 6:00.

May 23: Soil Prep & Planning

June 27: Irrigation

July 25: Seed Saving

August 22: Preserving


Memoir Writing Class

For the last 2 months, our Life Writing Group has been working on their memoirs.  The group so far has had more structured meetings with lesson every week.  The group will now move forward in a more free form manner that will have members working in a supportive environment.

If you’d like to work on your memoir, please joins us on Thursday afternoons from 1:30-3:30 starting in September 2019.  Click on the links below for the handouts and assignments for our 10 week course.

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