Library Events for December 2012

City of Great Falls Montana


Date: November 10, 2012
Contact: Jude Smith, 453-0349, Great Falls Library

Library Events for December 2012

Great Falls, Montana – The Great Falls Public Library is hosting the following events in the month of December.

The Great Falls Public Library will close at 3:00 pm on Monday, December 24, in recognition of the Christmas Eve holiday.  It will also be closed on Tuesday, December 25 for Christmas Day.

The library will again close at 3:00 on Monday, December 31st, in recognition of New Year’s Eve, and remain closed on Tuesday, January 1st, for New Year’s Day.

Art in the Library

The Great Falls Public Library continues to host an exhibit by quilters from The Quilt-Away during December.  These quilts range from traditional quilting styles to more contemporary and innovative pieces.  They will range from full sized quilts to wall-hangings.

Also in December the library will host an exhibit of art from recyclable materials by Richie Wilson.  This eclectic exhibit will feature a wide range of art, whimsical to practical.

Brown Bag Lunch – Immigration 101

The Great Falls Public Library is hosting Helena attorney Shahid Haque-Hausrath presenting Immigration 101 on Tuesday, December 4, from Noon – 1:00 pm.  Attendees may bring their brown bag lunch.  This program is free and open to the public.

Shahid is the executive director of Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance.  He dedicates his own law practice to helping immigrants obtain legal status in the U.S. and pursue the life that this country has to offer.  In his private practice, he assists clients with immigration matters ranging from applications with the consulates and immigration services, representing clients arrested by the Department of Homeland Security, defending immigrants in removal proceedings, and representing clients in criminal immigration proceedings in federal court.

Mr. Haque-Hausrath is the 2009 recipient of the Neil Haight Pro Bono Award and a member of the Montana Human Rights Commission.

OpenBooks Discussion Returns

The OpenBooks Discussion Series, which runs October – May, continues on Thursday, December 6, at 7:00 pm, in the Montana Room of the library.  Discussions are held on the first Thursday of each month. These discussions, sponsored by Humanities Montana and the Great Falls Public Library Foundation, are free and open to the public.

You may attend any and all of the discussions.  Books are available at the library three weeks prior to each meeting. You will need a library card to check a book out whether you attend the discussion or just read the book.  Discussions are facilitated by Penny Hughes-Briant, a teacher at UGF. For more information on this series call 453-0349.

December’s selection is Runaway by Montana native Mary Clearman Blew.  The stories in Runaway  cast incidents in the lives of women and men in contemporary Montana in a glare of prairie daylight as they struggle with the weather, physical adversities, and the tatters of the myth of the West that shapes and often distorts their vision. Trying to break a horse to harness, learning to pilot a plane, surviving the metamorphosis of the West into the global village, comic and grim, Blew's characters draw upon their inner toughness to form their tentative bonds with one another.

Blew is a Montana native from the homesteading/ranching tradition.  She currently teaches at the University of Idaho.

Foreign and Independent Film Series

The Great Falls Public Library’s Foreign and Independent Film Series continues its seventh season on Wednesday, December 5, at 7:00 pm. and Saturday, December 8, at 2:00 pm. This series is free and open to the public.

December’s selection is the award-winning Norwegian film King of Devil’s Island.  Starring Stellan Skarsgard, this true story of the infamous Bastoy Reform School in Norway begins with the arrival of 17-year-old Erling, a rumored murderer.  He immediately clashes with the island facility’s governor, who believes manual labor, rigid discipline, and harsh discipline, and harsh

punishment are the only methods that can turn the boys into honorable members of society.  Refusing to accept the constant abuse, Erling slowly rouses the rest of the boys out of their resigned existence, and encourages them to fight to lift up their spirits.  When tragedy finally falls at the hand of the sadistic dorm master, Erling leads his comrades in a courageous and vicious rebellion that will bring them head to head with no less than the Norwegian Army.

The selected short is Bale.

Films will be shown each month on the first Wednesday and the following Saturday.  The series, which runs September through May, is free and open to the public.  Be forewarned, some films may contain strong language or adult situations.  They are not rated by MPAA but in our brochures we have tried to indicate content.  Brochures are available at the library.

P.O.V. Film Series

The Great Falls Public Library is hosting a three-part film series in collaboration with the award-winning documentary series P.O.V.  The schedule for these free film screenings follows:

Thursday, December 6, 7:00 pm
If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Nominated for a 2012 Oscar, this film explores two of America’s most pressing issues—environmentalism and terrorism—by lifting the veil on the Earth Liberation Front and a member who faces life in prison.  Directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Marshall Curry.

Thursday, December 13, 7:00 pm
Biblioburro: The Donkey Library
Biblioburro is the story of a librarian — and a library — like no other. A decade ago, Colombian grade-school teacher Luis Soriano was inspired to spend his weekends bringing a modest collection of precious books, via two hard-working donkeys, to the children of Magdalena Province’s poor and violence-ridden interior. As Soriano braves armed bands, drug traffickers, snakes and heat, his library on hooves carries an inspirational message about education and a better future for Colombia. His simple yet extraordinary effort has attracted worldwide attention — and imitators — but his story has never been better told than in this heartwarming yet unsentimental film.

Thursday, January 3, 7:00 pm
My Reincarnation
Filmed over 20 years, this film is the epic story of exiled Tibetan Buddhist master Chogyai Namkhai Norbu and his Western-born son, Yeshi.  Recognized from birth as the reincarnation of a Buddhist master, Yeshi breaks away to embrace the modern world.  Can the father convince his son to keep the family’s spiritual legacy alive?