“Calling B*!!$#@t” Class

Welcome to Butte Public Library’s new “Calling Bullshit” class!1

What, exactly, is bullshit? American philosopher Henry Frankfurt first coined the term in 1985, and academics have debated the question ever since. For the purposes of this class,

Bullshit is language, statistical figures, data graphics, and other forms of presentation intended to persuade by impressing and overwhelming a reader or listener, with a blatant disregard for truth and logical coherence. read more…

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WWI Memorial Exhibition @Carle Gallery

April 2017 is the 100 year anniversary of the US entry into WWI. The Carle Gallery is hosting an exhibit to celebrate this commemoration.

The exhibit consists of both informational and copies of WWI propaganda posters from the Library of Congress online collection. The text focuses on the impact in Montana, particularly in Butte.

 

“Calling B*!!$#@t” Evening Class

Calling BullshitJoin the Butte Public Library beginning in April for an 8-week class on “Calling B*!!$#@t”. Every Tuesday evening from 6:30-7:30 from April 4th-May 23rd, anyone interested in exploring the nature of arguments, facts, and thoughtful analysis is welcome as we explore the following in a course-like environment:

Topics

Week 1: Introduction to B*!!$#@t
Week 2: Spotting B*!!$#@t
Week 3: Logical Fallacies
Week 4: Statistical traps
Week 5: Visualization
Week 6: The ethics of calling B*!!$#@t.
Week 7: Fake news
Week 8: Refuting B*!!$#@t

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Big Library Read, 2017

March-2017-BLR-FB-graphic-NoCTAButte Public Library will take part in the Big Library Read program, the world’s largest global eBook reading club through libraries that connects millions of readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time. Montana library users will be able to borrow the eBook, Art of the Pie: one of 2016’s best cookbooks from pie-guru Kate McDermott, starting Thursday, March 16 and concluding on Thursday, March 30 by visiting http://montana.overdrive.com. Big Library Read is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading platform for eBooks and audiobooks from the library. read more…