First Fridays: Profiles of African American Montanans

Our First Fridays series continues on September 6 at noon with “Untold Stories of Montana Minorities” by Ellen Baumler

Newly emerging stories about the contributions of minority groups reveal a neglected aspect of Montana’s heritage. These stories open a dialogue about minorities in our communities, both past and present. African American, Chinese, Japanese, and Jewish pioneers helped anchor Montana in myriad ways. Each group made lasting contributions and left significant legacies revealing a state history as diverse and as compelling as its topography. The program offers a survey of all or one of these groups, highlighting the hidden histories of each and the roles they played, and continue to play, in building our communities.

Ellen Baumler earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in English, classics, and history. She was the Montana Historical Society’s interpretive historian from 1992 until her retirement in 2018. She is an award-winning author of numerous books and dozens of articles on diverse Montana topics, and a 2011 recipient of the Governor’s Award for the Humanities.

Gardening Series: Seed Saving

Continuing our summer gardening series, John Wallace from NCAT will be here to demonstrate seed saving.  Seed or tuber saving is about saving part of your crop and reusing it the next year.  This allows for the continuation of successful plants instead of commercial purchasing of seeds every year.  It can aid in the success of a crop because only the plants that do well locally can be saved.

First Fridays: Len Janson from Butte 100 Mountain Bike Race


First Fridays will continue on July 5th at noon in the Big Butte room.  Len Janson, race director, will be here to speak about Butte 100.  The race will be held here in Butte on Saturday, July 27th.  Come here about the race and how it hopes to impact Butte.

For more information about the race, please visit their website at

50th Anniversary Apollo 11

July 20, 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing.  Butte Astronomy Club’s Joe Witherspoon, from Cottontail Observatory, will be here to talk about the mission and celebrate this remarkable event.   The even kicks off at 2:00 in the Big Butte Room on the third floor.  All ages are welcome.

Launch Party: Forever Neverland

BSBPL Children’s library is honor to have author Susan Adrian return to the library for the launch of her new children’s book, Forever Neverland.  We had so much fun at the launch of her last book, Nutcracked that we wanted to do it again.  So join us on Tuesday, June 25th at 6:00pm for this fun filled launch party!

About the author:

Susan Adrian is a fourth-generation Californian who now lives in the beautiful Big Sky country of Montana. During college she spent a year abroad at the University of Sussex in England–which started a lifelong fascination with all things British, particularly British stories for kids. These days she splits her time as a writer, scientific editor, and mom. Susan is the author of the holiday fantasy

Nutcracked and two thrilling books for teens. She also keeps busy researching fun stuff, traveling, and writing more books. She’s visited London many times but hasn’t yet been invited to Neverland. You can find her at and on Twitter.

BE YOU! A PRIDE Month Celebration at BSBPL

Each week throughout June, BSBPL will host an event encourage patrons to be themselves.  Get in touch with your authentic self and celebrate the diversity of those around you who enrich your life and welcome each other to exist fully.  Each week will feature a different event. Come to one or come to all! All are welcome.

June 6: 1985 movie screening 5:30 pm Big Butte Room, Library

1985 pays tribute to a generation of lost lives with a powerfully make look at how HIV and the social attitude surrounding homosexuality affect one man’s choices.

June 13: Geek Night! 5:30 pm Big Butte Room, Library

Escape the real world and be your own storyteller with the help of a veteran Dungeon Master!  This 2 hour session with include in informative overview about RPGs (Role Playing Games) and a chance to play a campaign.  We will supply the materials, just come with a willingness to learn (or continue learning). Open to different styles of play.  Dungeon & Dragons is a collaborative storytelling game that teaches accountability and celebrates the creativity of unique individuals.

Josh Pate-Terry, our Dungeon Master, has played and mastered hundreds of games over the last 30 years and loves teaching new people! Josh will be joined by his wife Sabina, an talented player and game master with five years of experience with tabletop RPGs.

June 20: Roundtable Discussion 5:30 pm IBRC 68 W Park St

For Pride Month, the Butte Public Library is interested in hosting a discussion on what it’s like to “Be You!” in Butte, Montana. Aimed at teens and young adults, but open to all ages, the round table discussion will give participants a chance to talk about their lives in Butte and for attendees to ask questions  and share information. We hope for everyone to foster closer connections within the community. The current political climate has produced an ever increasing need for partnerships and togetherness. To do so we must see the importance in one another’s journeys and respect each other as unique people. We look forward to hearing you share your experiences and to creating a nurturing environment.

June 29: Dance Party! 2:00-4:00 pm Big Butte Room, Library

We’re wrapping up our month long celebration with a party of epic proportions!  We’ll have dancing and karaoke!  Come dressed as you are or as you want to be.


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