First Fridays: The Importance of Her Voice

The Importance of Her Voice: Song in the Lives of Mountain Women

with Almeda Bradshaw, singer/song writer

Meet Emma Bell Miles, a bride of Appalachian poverty, and hear the songs sung by the women she lived among on Walden’s Ridge, TN. At the turn of the 20th century, these women were the bearers of folk song tradition. They were the keepers and teachers and they passed on a distinct female point of view as they experienced poverty, hardship, economic exploitation, sexual subjugation and limited opportunities. Their songs, filled with humor, sadness, victory and heartache, remind us of our common humanity and of those who live even today disenfranchised, overlooked and ignored.


Friday, October 5 at Noon

Big Butte Room, 3rd floor

Banned Books Week at BSBPL!

BSBPL in partnership with Clark Chateau and local author David Abrams, will host 2 events during Banned Books Week 2018.  There will be a reception on Tuesday, September 25th, at 6:00pm on the first floor of BSBPL.  We will have volunteers read from banned books and David Abrams will discuss how it has affected him as a writer.  There will be a display of the most challenged books of 2017 & 2016.  On Wednesday, September 26th, at noon at the Butte Archives, David Abrams and librarian, Shari Curtis, will discuss intellectual freedom as part of the Archives’ brown bag series.  Please join us for either or both of these events.

More about Banned Books Week from

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Banned Books Week 2018 will be held September 23 – 29. The 2018 theme, “Banning Books Silences Stories,” is a reminder that everyone needs to speak out against the tide of censorship. 

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles lists of challenged books as reported in the media and submitted by librarians and teachers across the country. The Top Ten Challenged Books of 2017 are:

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why written by Jay Asher
    Originally published in 2007, this New York Times bestseller has resurfaced as a controversial book after Netflix aired a TV series by the same name. This YA novel was challenged and banned in multiple school districts because it discusses suicide.
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie
    Consistently challenged since its publication in 2007 for acknowledging issues such as poverty, alcoholism, and sexuality, this National Book Award winner was challenged in school curriculums because of profanity and situations that were deemed sexually explicit.
  3. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
    This Stonewall Honor Award-winning, 2012 graphic novel from an acclaimed cartoonist was challenged and banned in school libraries because it includes LGBT characters and was considered “confusing.”
  4. The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini
    This critically acclaimed, multigenerational novel was challenged and banned because it includes sexual violence and was thought to “lead to terrorism” and “promote Islam.”
  5. George written by Alex Gino
    Written for elementary-age children, this Lambda Literary Award winner was challenged and banned because it includes a transgender child.
  6. Sex is a Funny Word written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth
    This 2015 informational children’s book written by a certified sex educator was challenged because it addresses sex education and is believed to lead children to “want to have sex or ask questions about sex.”
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee
    This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, considered an American classic, was challenged and banned because of violence and its use of the N-word.
  8. The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas
    Despite winning multiple awards and being the most searched-for book on Goodreads during its debut year, this YA novel was challenged and banned in school libraries and curriculums because it was considered “pervasively vulgar” and because of drug use, profanity, and offensive language.
  9. And Tango Makes Three written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole
    Returning after a brief hiatus from the Top Ten Most Challenged list, this ALA Notable Children’s Book, published in 2005, was challenged and labeled because it features a same-sex relationship.
  10. I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
    This autobiographical picture book co-written by the 13-year-old protagonist was challenged because it addresses gender identity.


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Final Gardening Series Class

Gardening Series: Seed Saving, Root Cellaring, & Winterization

Thursday, September 27 at 6:00pm

Big Butte room, 3rd floor BSBPL

On Thursday, September 27 at 6:00pm BSBPL will present our final Gardening Series class in the Big Butte room on the third floor of the library.  This month, Sadie Barrett will present on seed saving, root cellaring, and winterization of your garden.  Come learn about what you can do to save seeds for the seed library, enjoy roots all winter and prep your garden for next year.  If you have seeds to screen, please bring them in and we can prep them for you.

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 fullest potential in many ways.

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If you would like more information about this program, please contact Shari Curtis at 406-723-3361 ex. 6302 or email at

All programs are free of charge.

Gardening Series: Ruth Jones from Bee Excellent Apiary


Our Gardening Series returns on August 23rd at 6:00 pm with a presentation about bees by Ruth Jones from Bee Excellent Apiary here in Butte.  Packed with useful information about bee keeping, the benefits of bees, and bee health for your garden, this presentation will be fun and informative.  Please join us.


For more information please call the library at 406-723-3361 or visit Bee Excellent Apiary

Hot Topics – Family Separation

ThFamilies Belong Together Logoe Trump administration’s separation of families at the border, explained, Vox. June 15, 2018

Bipartisan Group of Former United States Attorneys Call on Sessions to End Family Separation, Medium. June 18, 2018

Zero Tolerance and Maximum Trauma: An Early Analysis of “Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation”, Medium. June 20, 2018

Separating kids from parents at the border mirrors a ‘textbook strategy’ of domestic abuse, Business Insider. June 20, 2018

Migrants told they’ll be reunited with children if they sign voluntary deportation order: report, The Hill. June 24, 2018

Empathy, but also realism, are necessary in facing immigration, Boston Globe. June 25, 2018

Sponsors of Migrant Children Face Steep Transport Fees and Red Tape, New York Times. July 1, 2018

The government separated immigrant families. But officials still won’t say exactly how many kids are in custody, CNN. July 5, 2018

For Kids In Immigration Court, Legal Counsel Is Catch As Catch Can, NPR. July 9, 2018

The Facts Behind the Headlines: Family Separation, Americans for Immigrant Justice. Retrieved July 9, 2018

Family Separation in Court: What You Need to Know, ACLU. July 10, 2018

First Fridays: Nobody Speaks: Trials of the Free Press

Come join us on Friday, July 6th at Noon for a screening of Nobody Speaks: Trials of the Free Press.


Hulk Hogan’s court case against Gawker Media sheds light on wealthy, powerful figures who challenge freedom of the press in order to silence critics.

Director: Brian Knappenberger
2017 TV-141h 35m

Summer Gardening Series: Irrigation & a Gardeners Checklist

This Thursday, June 28th, at 6:00 Sadie Barrett will return to our Summer Gardening Series to talk about irrigation.  She will also lead us in creating a June checklist for gardeners.  And briefly, she touch on thinning, disease recognition, and weeding.  This will be an information filled class that will help you keep your garden thriving during these crucial months.

Summer Reading @Your Library

Summer reading is an important part of a child’s education.  Summer is an important time for students to keep reading and improve their language skills. If your child hasn’t been reading regularly this summer, they may be in danger of the “summer slide”—a decline in their reading ability.

Numerous studies indicate that students who don’t read or read infrequently during their summer vacation see their reading abilities stagnate or decline. This effect becomes more pronounced as students get older and advance through the school system. The situation for economically disadvantaged students is especially grim: if students from low-income families don’t read over the summer, they are much more likely to fall behind their more privileged peers, widening the “achievement gap.”

Kids are encouraged to read as much as they can.  Those with the most books will receive prizes at the end of Summer Reading.  Every Thursday, parents are encouraged to bring their children to the library for education and fun! Below is our schedule for each Thursday.

June 14th-  Kick-Off Ice Cream Social

June 21st-  The Science Mine

June 28th-  Butte Symphony

July 5th-  Sing along with SING Movie

July 12th-  Chalk Art on the Sidewalk

July 19th- Magic Show

July 26th-Irish Dancers


If questions about this program, please contact our Children’s department at 406-723-3361 ext. 6150.






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