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.”
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.
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
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.
On Wednesday, April 24th we are having a gardening get together featuring Park Street Community Garden and our Butte Seed Library. If you like to grow or would like to learn, come join us and other enthusiasts at Muddy Creek Brewery from 5:00 until 8:00.
Check out some seeds from the library, get a start from us, get your plot from Park Street, and shared your knowledge of growing in Butte.
We’re offering family friendly events at the library over spring break. Want your kids to have some fun and maybe learn something new while they’re away from school? Want to get them out of the house for a little while? Bring them to the library every afternoon at 2:00 from April 17 through April 22.
April 17: Pieces of Pi Art
April 18: Not-so-boring board games
April 19: Stamp Out Boredom
April 20: Family Movie Time
April 21: Sorry Library Closed
April 22: Rocket Races
Our First Fridays series continues on May 3 at noon with guest speaker Beth Judy. Judy will inform us about strong women in Montana history.
What does it mean to be bold? Beth Judy shares selected stories of the 15+ women in her book, Bold Women in Montana History, to see how some of our Montana foremothers harnessed their own boldness. These women overcame challenges, thought outside the box, adventured, nurtured, built community, and fought. Their stories can inspire and lead us in thinking about our challenges today. These women include Blackfeet warrior Running Eagle; African American homesteader and army cook Annie Morgan; Crow grandmother, author, and culture keeper Pretty Shield; Jeannette Rankin; Butte’s Women’s Protective Union; actress Myrna Loy; rodeo stars Alice & Marge Greenough; Montana state librarian Alma Jacobs; modern artist and rancher Isabelle Johnson; writers Belle and Frieda Fligelman; and accountant and activist Elouise Cobell.
This lecture brought to you in part with a grant from Humanities Montana.
We continue our First Fridays series on April 5th at noon with a screening of the documentary, Butte: The Original. Film makers Dick Maney and BJ McKenzie will be there to answer questions.
“Butte: the Original” is a film about real events and real people, so it is by definition a documentary. But his film has a unique approach—a little like the community it is about. Tom Satterly, for example, appears at the start of the film wearing a miner’s slicker and carrying a “turkey” and a shovel. But it’s his own garb and his own tools, and the stories he tells are also his own—and true. (Quoted from website)
For more information about his film, see the website here.
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.
EAT YOUR WORDS!
Butte Public Library 4th Edible Book Festival
Create your own edible book and enter to win. Saturday April 27 3:00 pm.
All entries should represent a book, literary character or author and be edible. Entries may be submitted on April 27 from 12:00-2:00.
To pre-register, please fill out this form here.
Grapes of Wrath