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.”

It is generally accepted that there are 10 principles of community sustainability. In this talk, we will discuss each principle in the scope of Butte. How Butte excels in some areas and how it can continue to improve in others. Butte’s unique history means that it has an enormous potential to become a center for development, industry, and tourism within Montana. Our goal is to outline ways this can be achieved while letting Butte remain true to its cultural heritage .

The Energy Corps AmeriCorps project is an initiative of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) in cooperation with The Corporation for National and Community Service that was created to address unmet community energy needs by promoting sustainable energy consumption and education, fostering community sustainability and helping to mitigate the effects of global climate change.

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

Parental Controls for Windows 7

Parental Controls for Windows 10

Parental controls and privacy settings for Apple products is based on Apple Ids and the set up of separate accounts.  The trick to remember with Apple phones, you must set up a pin in order to make changes.  Remember this pin as it is not retrievable.

Parental Controls for Apples

Parental controls for Samsung phones and tablets again uses the creation of separate accounts.  However, while you must create a password, it is not as dire as Apple pins and can be retrieved.

Parental Controls Samsung devices

Probably the first interaction your child will want with the online world is YouTube.  As an adult, you may have consulted a video or two in order to fix something, but for kids YouTube is better than cable television.  Youtubers are wildly popular among the young.  The thing for parents to watch for are video which may feature a favorite character, like Sonic, but which have been dubbed by others with a twisted script not at all like the original cartoon.



Summer Gardening Series: April 26th

The kick off class to our Summer Gardening Series is April 26th at 6:00 pm on the third floor of the library.

We welcome guest speaker, Sadie Barrett, who will get us going on gardening basics as well as garden design.  This class is for beginners and for those with a little more experience who want to know about how to design your garden so as to not waste space.

A little about Sadie: 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 our fullest potential in many ways.


Hot Topics – Opioid Crisis

Artwork by Hajavier Maria Trigo About the U.S. Opioid Epidemic, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved March 6, 2018

Opioid crisis is just getting worse, The Hill. March 8, 2018

Prescription Opioids, Say Why to Drugs Podcast. April 19, 2017

How your brain is wired to just say ‘yes’ to opioids, The Conversation. February 27, 2018

Opioid Crisis Fast Facts, CNN. March 2, 2018

Health & Science The Other Opioid Crisis: Hospital Shortages Lead To Patient Pain, Medical Errors, The Washington Post. March 16, 2018

Attorney General Sessions Announces New Prescription Interdiction & Litigation Task Force, Department of Justice. March 10, 2018

The War on Drugs 3.0, The Atlantic. March 26, 20118

President Donald J. Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand, March 19, 2018

Legal Action Center’s Response to President’s “Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand”, Sober Law News. March 22, 2018

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. read more…