First Fridays: Bold Women in Montana History with Beth Judy

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.

First Fridays: Butte The Original

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.

First Fridays: Historic Preservation in Butte

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.

Edible Book Festival


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.

Ernest Hamingway

Grapes of Wrath


ACT Study Groups

BSBPL Hosts:  ACT Study groups for Teens!

Target problem areas to study more efficiently!  Each session will cover the most common topics and concepts tested.  Free for all high school students.


March 5     4-5   Teen Zone


March 12   4-5   Teen Zone


March 19   4-5   Teen Zone


March 26   4-5   Teen Zone

Practice Test

March 2      10:30    Community Room, Basement

March 30   10:30     Community Room, Basement



Memoir writing

Starting February 7th, BSBPL will host a Life Writing Group on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30.  This initial meeting will last about 8 weeks, with a chance it may continue if there is interest.  This informed group will meet to share stories and practice writing.  You don’t have to be a great or even good writer to work on your memories and family history–you just have to be interested in chronicling these valuable stories for all time.

This event is free and open to the public.  No registration required.  You are not required to attend every meeting.  Just bring pen and paper.  For more information, call Carol Eaglefeathers at 406-498-1475.

About memoir writing:

Jerry Jenkins

Marion Roach

NY Book Editors

First Fridays: Teach Us All Documentary

Our First Fridays series continues on February 1st with a screening of the documentary, Teach Us All.  Shown in honor of Black History Month, this film examines our history of segregation and examines how far we have come in our fight for diversity and equality in our public school systems.


Produced by the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, TEACH US ALL is a documentary and social justice campaign on educational inequality set against the backdrop of the 1957 Little Rock school crisis. Sixty years after the Little Rock Nine faced violent resistance when desegregating Central High in Arkansas, America’s schools continue to represent the key battleground of the Civil Rights Movement. TEACH US ALL demonstrates powerful lessons from history within a timely context, emphasizing the need for unity and collective action to rectify the disparities among America’s children. The TEACH US ALL social justice campaign seeks to build the capacity of students and
educators to take leadership in carrying forth the legacy of the Little Rock Nine while activating broader community engagement in today’s urgent movement for educational equity.

Watch the trailer here

Homes & Honky Tonks: Post WWII Women in Country Music with Almeda Bradshaw

Join us for a special afternoon event with Almeda Bradshaw on December 29th at 2:00 pm in the Big Butte room on the third floor of the library.  Almeda is returning after a highly successful First Fridays in September.  She combines history with music for a thoroughly entertaining time.  Brought to you with a grant by Humanities Montana.

Homes & Honky Tonks: Post WWII Women in Country Music

For working class country folk, honky tonk music became their voice of loneliness and alienation as men and women coped with the stress and adjustments of life after the atomic bomb. 1950s suburban conformity, meant to help normalize the family unit, only contributed to feelings of victimization for both sexes. Examine how PTSD, then unrecognized, contributed to the dysfunction of families and learn how Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and others responded in their songs to the social changes of post-World War II America.

Program information here

Artist website

First Fridays: Swinging Through American History with Mark Matthews

Butte-Silver Bow Public Library will continue their First Fridays series on December 7th at noon with guest speaker, Mark Mathews.  His talk is entitled “Swinging through American History.” 

Matthews will take you back to the ballrooms, taverns, juke joints, honky tonks and dance emporiums of the past as he explains the manner in which American dancing evolved with certain social changes–and, how certain dances stimulated changes in American social life. The spectrum of historic dances runs from the colonial English country dance to the French quadrille to the American square dance and the waltz; plus modern movements such as the one-steps, the Charleston, Lindy hop, mambo, twist and disco. Mark will even get the more adventurous audiences out of their chairs and onto their feet to experience the joy of movement.

Brought to you with a grant from Humanities Montana.