Build a Better World

Library Summer Reading Program

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Summer Reading - Fun for all Ages

Join us for Summer Reading and a new online experience complete with reading suggestions, games and missions! Have fun at our events as we focus on the theme "Build a Better World." Earn points for all the ways you participate and then use those points at the end of the program to join in prize raffles. Register and participate through July 22.  Events begin on June 6. And, don't miss our Swing into Summer Block Party on June 17 from 11 am - 3 pm. We'll have lots of fun activities for all ages, music and food. 

We have 4 reading programs this summer:
--Pre-Readers for children through age 5
--Kids program for children 6-12
--Teen program for those aged 13-17
--Adult program for those 18 and up

Get started today! 

Irish Heritage Events - July and August

In July and August we will feature several events to honor the contributions made by the Irish in Montana and America. 

July 18 at 7 pm - Book discussion of "The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero" by Tim Egan. The book portrays the life of Thomas Francis Meagher who was acting governor of the Montana Territory from 1865-1866. Meagher was born in Ireland, rebelled against British rule, was exiled to Tasmania, escaped and made his way to America and fought in the American Civil War before heading West. Stop by the 2nd floor help desk to pick up a copy of the book. For added enjoyment and insights into the role Meagher played in Montana history, attend the MeagherFest International 2017 in Helena June 29-July 1.

Month of August: Exiled Children of Ireland Exhibit - "Erin’s Exiled Children: The Irish of America and the Making of Modern Ireland
is an exhibit that will be on display during the month of August on the first floor. It features a series of narrative panels created in honor of the centennial of Ireland’s Easter Rising in 1916. It documents the Irish struggle for independence and the role the Irish in America played in keeping their traditions alive. The University of Montana (UM), the Butte Silver-Bow Archives, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Friends of Irish Studies in the West, and The Gathering created the exhibit. Viewing is free and open to the public during normal library hours.

August 5 at 2:30 pm - Irish Names Through History - Enjoy this presentation exploring the way Irish names have changed through history and migrations. Changes include pronunciations, spellings and truncations. Bring your own examples for discussion.

August 8 at 3 pm - Irish Genealogy Hour - Join our staff Kathy Robins and Lynne Puckett as we begin a 3-month genealogy research workshop series. We'll start with the challenges of researching Irish records.  

The 52-Week Challenge continues through December 2017

It's not too late to start this fun challenge of reading one book a week during 2017.  You choose the books, but we'll have mini-challenges along the way to get you out of reading comfort zones.

This challenge is conducted on Goodreads, as suggested by previous participants. Sign up for a Goodreads account, if you don't already have one. Then, join our group at and start reading! The rules and the FAQs are on the group page.