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…

3rd Annual Edible Book Festival @BSBPL

Each year we hold an Edible Book Festival in conjunction with National Library Week!

The first question always is: what is an Edible Book Festival?  We ask literary and culinary enthusiasts to submit creations that are 1: edible and 2: inspired by a book, author or character.  We bring these all together, award prizes in various categories, and then eat the entries. read more…

Hot Topics – Montana Public Lands

wilderness study area signWilderness Study Areas of Montana, Our Land Our Legacy. January 29, 2018 (pdf)

S.2206 – Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act, United States Congress. Retrieved March 5, 2018

H.R.5149 – To provide that certain wilderness study areas in Montana have been adequately studied for wilderness designation,  United States Congress. Retrieved March 5, 2018

WSA release bill risks too much, Independent Record. February 12, 2018

A Montana bill takes aim at wilderness study areas, High Country News. February 3, 2018

Americans want to protect public lands, Congress should listen, The Hill. March 1, 2018

Gianforte aims to release 29 wilderness study areas; critics contend lack of public process, The Missoula Current. March 2, 2018

Gianforte Follows Daines’ Lead and Shuts Montanans Out, Montana Wilderness Association. March 2, 2018

Outdoor Recreation Is a Bigger Economic Booster Than Mining, Earther. February 15, 2018