Summer Reading @Your Library

Summer reading is an important part of a child’s education.  Summer is an important time for students to keep reading and improve their language skills. If your child hasn’t been reading regularly this summer, they may be in danger of the “summer slide”—a decline in their reading ability.

Numerous studies indicate that students who don’t read or read infrequently during their summer vacation see their reading abilities stagnate or decline. This effect becomes more pronounced as students get older and advance through the school system. The situation for economically disadvantaged students is especially grim: if students from low-income families don’t read over the summer, they are much more likely to fall behind their more privileged peers, widening the “achievement gap.”

Kids are encouraged to read as much as they can.  Those with the most books will receive prizes at the end of Summer Reading.  Every Thursday, parents are encouraged to bring their children to the library for education and fun! Below is our schedule for each Thursday.

June 14th-  Kick-Off Ice Cream Social

June 21st-  The Science Mine

June 28th-  Butte Symphony

July 5th-  Sing along with SING Movie

July 12th-  Chalk Art on the Sidewalk

July 19th- Magic Show

July 26th-Irish Dancers


If questions about this program, please contact our Children’s department at 406-723-3361 ext. 6150.






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 Montana.

Hot Topics – Social Media and Big Data

Big DataFacebook data harvesting: what you need to know, The Conversation. April 3, 2018

Facebook reveals the 87 million accounts affected by privacy violation — what to do if you’re one of them, MarketWatch. April 10, 2018

Facebook’s Arrogance Crisis, Newsweek. April 11, 2018

The Key to Understanding Facebook’s Current Crisis, The Wall Street Journal. March 24, 2018

Facebook Faces Growing Pressure Over Data and Privacy Inquiries, New York Times. March 20, 2018

How Big Data Became “Big Bad Data”, Forbes. April 25, 2018

3 Big Changes every Social Media Platform must make in the Wake of the Facebook Data Breach Controversy,  MarTech Advisor. April 13, 2018

Europe’s New Online Privacy Rules Could Protect U.S. Users Too, NPR. April 16, 2018

How to Save Your Privacy From the Internet’s Clutches, TechCrunch. April 14, 2018

8 Ways to Protect Yourself From Scams and Data Collection on Social Media, Joseph Steinberg. April 9, 2018


First Fridays: Community Sustainability in Butte with Energy Corps

First Fridays of the month, join us for a lecture, documentary, or discussion, 12-1pm.

Our First Fridays series continues on May 4th at noon.  Please join us as the Energy Corps will be here to present on Community Sustainability.


What does community sustainability mean?

Sustainable communities tend to focus on environmental and economic sustainability, urban infrastructure, social equity, and municipal government. The term is sometimes used synonymously with “green cities,” “eco-communities,” “livable cities” and “sustainable cities.” read more…

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. read more…