First Fridays: What Happened to the News? with Dennis Swibold

What Happened to the News?

with Dennis Swibold

Professor, University of Montana School of Journalism

Never has so much news been available. The trick is knowing how to find it—and how to judge its credibility. This program—presented by a veteran journalist, author and educator—takes listeners behind the curtain to reveal how the news is made and explain the revolutionary changes facing today’s fast-paced news media. It also offers citizens tools and techniques for staying well-informed amid the virtual blizzard of information—and for participating directly in the civic debates crucial to their communities, state and nation.

Please join us Friday, June 1st for this informative lecture.

This program brought to you in partnership with Humanities Montana.

Hot Topics – Social Media and Big Data

Big DataFacebook data harvesting: what you need to know, The Conversation. April 3, 2018

Facebook reveals the 87 million accounts affected by privacy violation — what to do if you’re one of them, MarketWatch. April 10, 2018

Facebook’s Arrogance Crisis, Newsweek. April 11, 2018

The Key to Understanding Facebook’s Current Crisis, The Wall Street Journal. March 24, 2018

Facebook Faces Growing Pressure Over Data and Privacy Inquiries, New York Times. March 20, 2018

How Big Data Became “Big Bad Data”, Forbes. April 25, 2018

3 Big Changes every Social Media Platform must make in the Wake of the Facebook Data Breach Controversy,  MarTech Advisor. April 13, 2018

Europe’s New Online Privacy Rules Could Protect U.S. Users Too, NPR. April 16, 2018

How to Save Your Privacy From the Internet’s Clutches, TechCrunch. April 14, 2018

8 Ways to Protect Yourself From Scams and Data Collection on Social Media, Joseph Steinberg. April 9, 2018


First Fridays: Community Sustainability in Butte with Energy Corps

First Fridays of the month, join us for a lecture, documentary, or discussion, 12-1pm.

Our First Fridays series continues on May 4th at noon.  Please join us as the Energy Corps will be here to present on Community Sustainability.


What does community sustainability mean?

Sustainable communities tend to focus on environmental and economic sustainability, urban infrastructure, social equity, and municipal government. The term is sometimes used synonymously with “green cities,” “eco-communities,” “livable cities” and “sustainable cities.” read more…

Parental Controls

Children’s online life begins very early and sometimes they advance faster than their parents are prepared for.  Below are videos and step by step handouts on how to set parental controls for your computers and devices.

Parental Controls can limit not only the kinds of games and apps that can be used, they can also set time limits and what time of day a device can be used.  They cannot, however, prevent bullying.  Although, if a child is being bullied through a certain website or app (i.e. Instagram, SnapChat), those apps can be removed from the device and prevented from being downloaded again. read more…

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.