and Events @ your Library
(Large Meeting Room unless otherwise noted)
The Carroll College Corette Library received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities & the American Library Association to host a five-part reading and discussion series titled "Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys Pathways of Faith". This is a scholar-led reading and discussion program. The remaining books and discussion dates are:
To register, stop by the front desk in the Corette Library at 1601 N. Benton Ave. Participants will receive a copy of the first book for reading and discussion, and a folder of related materials. Call 447-4340 or visit the Corette Library for details. The Carroll College Corette Library received this grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities & the American Library Association.
Your Lewis & Clark Library will host two free Health Care Enrollment Workshops for the general public in the Library's computer lab facility on the following dates. These sessions are designed to give participants the opportunity to walk through the complete enrollment process with the help of a certified Affordable Care Act Navigator.
Space is limited so please reserve a space in the workshop by contacting the Information Desk at the Lewis & Clark Library today at 447.1690 ext 5.
March 8 12 to 2 pm
March 25 5:30 to 8:30 p
March 27 5:30 to 8:30 p
March 31 5:30 to 8:30 p
While the public can use Library computers to access the Marketplace, Library staff is unable to assist with questions or concerns, as they are not certified Navigators.
For more assistance with the Marketplace, contact any of these local Helena resources:
Thursday, March 13, 7 PM, Large Meeting Room, Lewis & Clark Library, Helena
Monday, March 17, 1 PM, Senior Center, Augusta MT
Local author, Senior Olympian, and businesswoman Flora Wong will discuss her Memoir Long Way Home: Journeys of a Chinese Montanan. She and co-author Tom Decker will share tips on how to develop characters and conduct interviews as well as research, edit and market your own story. As part of the discussion, you will hear the reasons behind writing a family history or memoir and how best to capture memories, family history and elements of life.
Flora Wong's story, Long Way Home, takes readers from Boston to South China to Helena, Montana. The context of her life comes through in stories of her family, China's history and finally her choice details of life in Helena from the late 1940's to the present. Hers is a story of ordinary people living through extraordinary times.
More details on Flora Wong's book are available at Long Way Home Book.
To read an interview with Flora about her life and her memoir, click this link at the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tuesday, March 18, 7 PM, Large Meeting Room
In anticipation of Cheryl Strayed's visit to Helena on April 23, we will be discussing her book Tiny Beautiful Things. Books are available at the Information Desk. This program is proudly brought to you by the Lewis & Clark Library and is free and open to the public.
Thursday, March 20, 7 PM, Large Meeting Room
Women have always been actors in Montana's political history. "Taking Action" surveys the role of Montana women beginning with suffrage campaigns during territorial days through their 1914 victory granting women the vote. Sands explores the political work of diverse groups such as the Women's Christian Temperance Union and the Montana Negro Women's Clubs on behalf of women and families. The presentation concludes with the role of the League of Women Voters in the 1972 Constitutional Convention where 19 women served as delegates and leaders. Partial funding for the Speakers Bureau program is provided by a legislative grant from Montana's Cultural Trust and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Tuesday, March 25, 7 PM, Large Meeting Room
Calling all chicken enthusiasts! Brent Sarchet of the Lewis & Clark County Extension Service talks about raising chickens in Montana. Topics include breeds to choose, housing, logistics and more. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Lewis & Clark Library and the Lewis & Clark County Extension Service, an outreach function of Montana State University dedicated to improving the quality of people's lives by providing research-based knowledge to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of families, communities and agricultural enterprises. The Montana State University Extension is an ADA/EO/AA/Veteran's Preference Employer and Provider of Educational Outreach.
Merlins in Helena
Program: For the past 2 years Dan Ellison has observed merlin falcons nesting in Helena. His photographs and field notes focus on this small falcon's behavior in the urban environment including nesting, feeding, and protection of the chicks. In 2013 he visited the nest site on 89 consecutive days and made notes and photos documenting young merlins from hatching to flying independently. His photos and description of merlin behavior is oriented toward audiences of all ages who have interest in a raptor species that has become a permanent presence within the Helena city limits.
Bio Sketch: Dan Ellison grew up in the Bitterroot Valley, graduated from the Naval Academy and served on active duty for 26 years as a Navy pilot. After returning to Montana in 1999 and settling in Helena he worked in state government including Chief Financial Officer at Fish, Wildlife & Parks, and served on the executive committee with Montana Trout Unlimited. In 2009 Ellison was elected to the Helena City Commission. His personal time is spent fly fishing, bird watching, and doing wildlife photography. He is a life member of Trout Unlimited and belongs to several other natural resource conservation organizations including Audubon, National Wildlife and the Yellowstone Association.
Thursday, March 27, 7 PM
Tuesday, April 15, 7 PM, Large Meeting Room
In anticipation of Cheryl Strayed's visit to Helena on April 23, we will be discussing her book Wild. Books are available at the Information Desk. This program is brought to you by the Lewis & Clark Library and is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, April 23, 7 PM at the St Paul's United Methodist Church, 512 Logan Street
This program is proudly brought to you by the Lewis & Clark Library and is free and open to the public.
About Cheryl Strayed
Strayed is the author of the acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, Wild. At age 22, Strayed finds herself shattered by two major life events: her mother's sudden death from cancer and the end of her young marriage. To cope, Strayed uses drugs and sex before she hits rock bottom and decides to confront her emotional pain by attempting to trek over 1,000 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail. Wild tells the amateur hiker's tale, peppered with the colorful characters she encounters along the way, and she struggles to find inner peace and stability. Cheryl's story is so flat-out inspiring that it moved Oprah Winfrey to revive her tremendously popular book club, making Wild its inaugural selection for the launch of Oprah's Book Club 2.0. Readers jumped at the chance to be a part of the new, interactive platform and Wild soon ascended to the #1 spot on The New York Times bestseller list.
Cheryl's own struggle and survivor story motivates and inspires crowds. A dynamic speaker, her moving rhetoric resonates with audiences of all sizes. Revealed as the voice behind the TheRumpus.net's beloved "Dear Sugar" column, Cheryl Strayed has been hailed by The New Republic as "the ultimate advice columnist for the Internet age, remaking a genre that has existed, in more or less the same form, since well before Nathanael West's acerbic novella 'Miss Lonelyhearts' first put a face on the figure in 1933."
Strayed is also the author of The New York Times bestseller Tiny Beautiful Things and the critically acclaimed novel Torch, a finalist for the Great Lakes Book Award. Her writing has appeared in The Best American Essays, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Allure, The Missouri Review, Creative Nonfiction, The Sun and elsewhere. Her books have been translated into twenty-six languages around the world.
She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota. She's a founding member of VIDA: Women In Literary Arts, and serves on their board of directors. Raised in Minnesota, Strayed now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and their two sons. Cherylstrayed.com
with any questions.
Free and open to the public.
Meets in the Mezzanine Meeting Room at 7 PM.
March 10 & 24
April 14 & 28
Call 447-1690 ext 130 for more information.
Do you care about your library? Have books, movies, or programs you'd like to see?
Join us for food and fun in the Teen Space at your Lewis & Clark Library.
Students in grades 6 - 12 encouraged.
4:30 to 5:30, Teen Space on the following dates.
Oh yeah and games, don't forget Unreal and the board games.
March 7 Movies to be announced.
Teen Writers Group
Passionate about writing? This is the group for you!
Writers are encouraged to bring a piece of writing to share – poems, prose, fan-fiction, etc.
From 7 to 8:30 PM on the first Monday of each month. Verify dates listed below.
Questions? Call 447-1690 x132.
Do you spend hours playing Minecraft?
Spend some of those hours and share your expertise with other teens at the library.
Registration required – sign up at the Information Desk, or call 447-1690 x 132.
From 5 to 6:30 PM on the dates listed below.
Comic books….graphic novels….manga. Join our NEW book group and share your thoughts. Each month we'll read a title together and also share what we're reading on our own.
From 7 to 8:30 PM on the dates listed below.
Submit pictures via screen shot in .jpg, .pdf, or .png format to
Artists will be invited to a reception to celebrate their work and creativity!
Deadline for submissions: February 7
Showcase your awesome Minecraft creations – creatures, buildings, landscapes, etc. We'll hang your creations in our TeenSpace and show them off all month long.
Deadline for submissions: March 7
2014 is the year of the "shelfie" – a picture of you and a bookshelf. Submit your electronic "shelfies" for our monthly teen space show.
Deadline for submissions: April 4
Share your love for fandoms and show off your art! Bring in a piece of art inspired by your favorite book, movie, manga, etc., for our Fan Art Show!
Physical or electronic submissions accepted. Drop off framed artwork at the Information Desk
Are you interested in learning how computer programming works? Join us for a 3 hour workshop to learn how to program using SCRATCH. SCRATCH is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art. Teens will become familiar with the program, play and create, and leave with new skills and ideas.
Space is limited – teens in grades 6 – 12 can sign up at the information desk or by calling 447-1690 x 132.
Saturday, April 5, 2:30 - 4
Kick-off National Poetry Month with our slam poetry workshop. Learn, hear, and watch some Slam poets in action. Start writing your own to prepare for Poetry on Fire at the end of the month.
Sign up at the information desk or call 447.1690 x 132.
Teen Job Workshop
Thursday, May 8, 7 pm
Looking to earn some extra cash? Attendees at the Teen Job Workshop will get familiar with resumes, the application process, and hear from local business owners about what they're looking for when it comes to hiring teens.