September at the Library

City of Great Falls Montana




Date: August 8, 2014
Contact: Jude Smith, Great Falls Library- (406)453-0349
jusmith [at] greatfallslibrary [dot] org

September @ the Library


Great Falls, Montana – The following events are taking place at the Great Falls Public Library in September.

Art @ the Library

In September the library is hosting an art exhibit by painter Carol Spurgin.  Carol will include paintings chronicling her various travels around the world, and will offer a contest to name locales depicted in 10 of her pieces.  The winner will receive a free print of Carol’s work.  Potter Alisa Hale will also be exhibiting her work during Sept.  She creates functional pottery with unique touches.

An art reception for the artists will be held on Friday, September 5, from 4 – 6 pm.  It is free and open to the public.

Foreign & Independent Film Series

The Great Falls Public Library’s Foreign and Independent Film Series begins its ninth season on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 7:00 pm. and Saturday, Sept. 6, at 2:00 pm.

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.

September’s selection is the French film Three Worlds.  This official selection at the Cannes Film Festival tells the story of Al, a man of modest means who is engaged to his bosses’ daughter.  Al commits a hit-and-run after a night of partying.  His guilty conscience draws him to inquire on the victim’s state at the hospital.  Unbeknownst to him, he is recognized by a witness to the accident, who has contacted the victim’s wife.  The witness pursues Al, demanding he confess.  As they each reveal their emotional upheaval, the situation proves more complicated than anyone could have expected.

The featured short is The Piano Tuner

Bonus Brown Bag Lunch

The Great Falls Public Library is hosting a bonus Brown Bag Lunch on Thursday, September 4, from Noon – 1 pm in the Library Park.  Susie McIntyre will present Bowling  Alone, Reading Together.  This program is free and open to the public.

In 2000 Robert Putnam wrote the book Bowling Alone to lament the decline in our social connection and social capital.  He argues that “we have become increasingly disconnected from family, friends, neighbors, and our democratic structures.”

At the same time, more and more people are reading and connecting through books.  Estimates of book club membership have skyrocketed in the past several years from 250,000 to a million or more.  Librarything, GoodReads, and Oprah’s book clubs have created rich online reading communities.

How do we talk about books?  Why do we join book clubs? How does reading impact our social connections?  Are online book groups as effective in building community as face-to-face groups?  We will have a lively lunch discussion of the social aspects of reading.

Page Forward

The Page Forward book discussion groups introduced by the Great Falls Public Library this year continue in September.

Page Forward Saturdays continues on Saturday, September 13, 10 am, and continues on the second Saturday of each month.  This discussion group is unique in as much as each month’s discussion will be a celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Montana and will focus on books written by and about Montana women.

September’s selection is Winter Wheat by Mildred Walker.  Written over 60 years ago, this book uses an arid dry-land farm as both its geographic and metaphoric center as it tells the story of a young woman and her family in 1940s Montana.  Mildred Walker lived and wrote in

Page Forward Tuesdays continues on Tuesday, September 23, 7:00 pm, and continues on the fourth Tuesday of each month.  September’s selection is The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker.  This highly imaginative novel combines elements of historical fiction and fantasy as it tells the story of a chance meeting between mythical beings, a golem and a jinni, taking readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.

Explore, Discover, Connect:
An evening of TED Talks and Lively Discussion

TEDxGreatFallsLibrary resumes on Tuesday September 16, 7:00 pm.  TEDxGreatFallsLibrary is an evening of TED Talks and lively discussion.  This program is free and open to the public.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference

bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx.  TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.  TEDxGreatFallsLibrary is an independently organized event licensed by TED.  This event will continue on the third Tuesday of each month.  Each month we will show three TED Talks videos featuring experts in their fields sharing cutting edge ideas, innovation, and progressive ways of applying expertise for the betterment of society.  A lively discussion will follow.

September’s selections are

  • I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much by Stella Young
  • To This Day…for the bullied and beautiful by Shane Koyczan
  • How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are by Andrew Solomon

According to event organizer Jude Smith, “TED Talks” will open up your mind, regardless of the topic.  I’ve found myself listening to various talks on subjects for which I thought I had no interest only to discover myself completely absorbed and inspired.  We are excited to have the opportunity to share these talks with the community in an effort to spark discussion and community in the most positive of ways.”

For more information of this new event check our website at or by calling 453-0349.  Visit our Facebook page at and tweet us on Twitter at

About TEDx, x= independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.  At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.  These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = an independently organized TED event.  The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.  (These events are subject to certain rules and regulations developed by TED.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.  Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives.  The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mixture of topics.  Many of these talks are then made available, free, at  TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende, and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.  The TED2014 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler.  TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

TED’s media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posed daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas.  TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the

TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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For more information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit

Armchair Traveler Series

The Great Falls Public Library is presenting an Armchair Traveler Series on various Thursday evenings September – November.  Each program will offer visuals, digital photos, and a narrative chronicling the speaker’s trip.  Programs are free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 18, 7:00 pm, Angola with Kristen Cates

Thursday, October 2, 7:00 pm, South Korea with Kayce Milligan

Thursday, October 16, 7:00 pm, Jordan with Kristen Inbody

Thursday, October 23, 7:00 pm, France with Jim Heckel and Pam Smith

Thursday, November 6, 7:00 pm, Cuba with Carrie Calahan

Thursday, November 13, 7:00 pm, Turkey with Whitney Olson

Climate Change

The Great Falls Public Library is co-sponsoring the film Climate Change: The Real Science Behind a Growing Crisis with the community group CCE on Thursday, September 25, 7:00 pm.  A discussion will follow the film.  This film is free and open to the public.  This film is an episode of the Fox network’s Cosmos series titled The World Set Free.  It aired last May.  With a laid back style, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explains the scientific basis for the concern about changing climate, while offering hopeful solutions.

Kids’ Place Activities @ the GFPL

Schedule subject to change


What: Wii Gaming

Dates: September 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

Who: Children under 12 with accompanying adult

Time: 3:00-5:00p.m.

Location: Kids' Place


What: Toddler Time

Dates: September 5, 12, 19, 26

Who: Birth – 30 months with accompanying adult

Time: 10:30 to 11:15

Location: Basement


What: Preschool Busy Fingers (walk-in craft time, no stories)

Dates: September 3 & 4

Who: 30 months -5 year olds with accompanying adult

Theme: Teddy Bear Parade

Time: 10:30 to noon

Location: Kids' Place


What: Preschool Story Time

Dates: September 10 & 11

Who: 30 months -5 year olds with accompanying adult

Theme: Where is Teddy?

Time: 10:30 to11:00

Location: Kids' Place


What: Preschool Story Time

Dates: September 17 & 18

Who: 30 months -5 year olds with accompanying adult

Theme: Sleepy Bear

Time: 10:30 to11:00

Location: Kids' Place


What:  Preschool Story Time

Dates: September 24 & 25

Who: 30 months -5 year olds with accompanying adult

Theme: Bear Says Thanks!

Time: 10:30 to11:00

Location: Kids' Place