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Big Read Events

  1. Big Read Book Discussion @ Montana Historical Society

    October 21, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Montana Historical Society
    225 Roberts
    Helena, MT 59601

    Discuss the characters and stories of Tom Sawyer with friends and neighbors! Free and open to the public.

  2. Tuesday Night Online Book Club with Special Guest Speakers

    October 21, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Large Meeting Room

    Throughout the course of October, we will be hosting four special online discussions of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, live on YouTube through Google Hangouts. Think of these like massive book clubs! Each one will feature a special guest speaker, and you can directly take part. For more information on how to join, go to www.tomsawyerbigread.com

  3. Big Read Book Discussion @ Helena College

    October 22, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Helena College
    1115 Roberts
    Helena, MT 59601

    Discuss Mark Twain's works with Helena College faculty members and students. Free and open to the public.

  4. Mark Twain Impersonator Stephen Hollen

    October 22, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Large Meeting Room

    Stephen Hollen is a humorist, storyteller, performer, writer and poet… and a Mark Twain Impersonator. Stephen became a “Twainiac” some time ago when he began to read Twain’s books. The irony and wit Twain as a Humorist had as he appeared on stage shows forth easily in his speeches and lectures. It was simply serendipity that led Stephen Hollen to impersonate Mark Twain. The first time someone told him he looked like Twain, he simply smiled. After it happened dozens of times, someone finally said. “you know… you like to tell stories, you look like Mark Twain and you love his wit… why not be Twain?”

  5. Big Read Book Discussion at Lewis & Clark Library

    October 23, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Small Meeting Room

    Discuss Tom Sawyer with friends and neighbors at this free and open to the public event.

  6. Big Read Movie @ Lincoln Branch Library: Tom & Huck (1995)

    October 23, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Lincoln Community Room

    Tom Sawyer and his friend Huck go on many adventures throughout the town of Hannibal, Missouri!

  7. Scrapbooking Workshop celebrates Mark Twain's Invention

    October 25, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Large Meeting Room

    Mark Twain patented "self-pasting" pages for scrapbooks in 1872. We'll celebrate his invention with a memoir style scrapbook for you to make and take. Free and open to the public. Please sign up at 447-1690 ext 5 so we know how many supplies to bring. Thank you!

  8. Big Read Movie @ Lewis & Clark Library: Tom and Huck (1995)

    October 26, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM @ Large Meeting Room

    Tom Sawyer and his friend Huck go on many adventures in their hometown of Hannibal, Missouri!

  9. Big Read Movie @ Lincoln Branch Library: The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985)

    October 26, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM @ Lincoln Community Room

    The Adventures of Mark Twain is a 1985 stop motion animated film. The film features a series of vignettes extracted from several of Mark Twain's works, built around a plot that features Twain's attempts to keep his "appointment" with Halley's Comet. Twain and three children, Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and Becky Thatcher, travel on an airship between various adventures. The concept was inspired by a famous quote by the author: "I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year (1910), and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: 'Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together." Twain died April 21, 1910, one day after Halley's Comet reached perihelion in 1910. From wikipedia.org

  10. Big Read Movie @ Augusta Branch Library: Tom Sawyer (1938)

    October 26, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Augusta Library
    205 Main Street
    Augusta, MT 59410

    Watch the 1938 version of Tom Sawyer! Free and open to the public.

  11. Book Discussion @ St Paul's Methodist Church Library

    October 28, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM @ St Paul's United Methodist Church
    512 Logan
    Helena, MT 59601

    Discuss the stories and fun of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain with friends and neighbors. This discussion takes place in the Church's Library in the basement of the Church.

  12. Book Discussion @ HUB Coffee

    October 28, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ HUB Coffee
    314 N Last Chance Gulch
    Helena, MT 59601

    Discuss characters and stories from Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain with friends and neighbors.

  13. Tuesday Night Online Book Club with Special Guest Speakers

    October 28, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Large Meeting Room

    Throughout the course of October, we will be hosting four special online discussions of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, live on YouTube through Google Hangouts. Think of these like massive book clubs! Each one will feature a special guest speaker, and you can directly take part. For more information on how to join, go to www.tomsawyerbigread.com

  14. Big Read Book Discussion @ Lewis & Clark Library

    October 30, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Small Meeting Room

    You are invited to discuss Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer with friends and neighbors!

  15. Little Tykes Trick or Treaters "Ha'nted House"

    October 31, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Large Meeting Room

    Little Tykes Trick-or-Treaters are invited to our age appropriate Tom Sawyer "ha'nted house" in the Large Meeting Room!

Bookmobile Branch

  1. Canyon Creek Country Store

    October 21, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM @ 8703 Lincoln Road W

  2. Trinity Elementary School

    October 21, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ 7435 Duffy Ln

  3. Jim Darcy Elementary School

    October 21, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ 990 Lincoln Road W

  4. Rossiter Elementary

    October 21, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM @ 1497 Sierra RD

  5. Aspen Gardens Assisted Living

    October 22, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ 13 Bumblebee Ct

  6. State Capitol

    October 22, 12:00 PM - 1:45 PM @ 301 East 6th Street

  7. Touchmark

    October 22, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ 915 Saddle Drive

  8. Apple Rehab Cooney

    October 22, 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ 2555 E Broadway

  9. Big Sky Care Center

    October 22, 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM @ 2475 Winne Ave

  10. O'Malley's Tavern

    October 23, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  11. Wolf Creek Elementary School

    October 24, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ 150 Walsh St

  12. Milford Colony

    October 24, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM @ Hwy 287

  13. Canyon Store in Wolf Creek

    October 24, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ 175 Recreation Road

  14. Eagles Manor

    October 28, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ 715 N Fee Street

  15. Y.M.C.A. After School Program at Bryant Elementary

    October 28, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM @ 1529 Boulder

  16. Son Heaven Assisted Living

    October 29, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ 2510 Ferndale Lane

  17. Hunter's Pointe Retirement Residence

    October 29, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ 2801 Colonial Drive

  18. S.A.C.C. at Central-Linc Elementary

    October 29, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ 1325 Popular St

  19. Helena Christian School

    October 30, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ 3384 Canyon Ferry Rd

  20. Warren Elementary School

    October 30, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Helena Valley Northeas
    Helena, MT 59601

  21. Leisure Village Mobile Home Park

    October 30, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ 2901 Herrin Road

Children's Events

  1. Story Time

    October 22, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ StorySteps - Helena Main Library

    Children ages 2.5 - 5 years old and their grownups are invited to share the magic of picture books, puppetry, rhymes, stories, and songs. Story time helps children learn about themselves and the world around them. Story time is held on Wednesdays and Thursdays on the StorySteps all year round except August and December:

  2. Story Time

    October 22, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM @ StorySteps - Helena Main Library

    Children ages 2.5 - 5 years old and their grownups are invited to share the magic of picture books, puppetry, rhymes, stories, and songs. Story time helps children learn about themselves and the world around them. Story time is held on Wednesdays and Thursdays on the StorySteps all year round except August and December:

  3. Story Time

    October 23, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ StorySteps - Helena Main Library

    Children ages 2.5 - 5 years old and their grownups are invited to share the magic of picture books, puppetry, rhymes, stories, and songs. Story time helps children learn about themselves and the world around them. Story time is held on Wednesdays and Thursdays on the StorySteps all year round except August and December:

  4. Books & Babies

    October 27, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Large Meeting Room

    Children aged newborn to toddler and their grownups are invited to a fun, informal social hour full of rhymes, songs, and play.

  5. Books & Babies

    October 27, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM @ Large Meeting Room

    Children aged newborn to toddler and their grownups are invited to a fun, informal social hour full of rhymes, songs, and play.

  6. Story Time

    October 29, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ StorySteps - Helena Main Library

    Children ages 2.5 - 5 years old and their grownups are invited to share the magic of picture books, puppetry, rhymes, stories, and songs. Story time helps children learn about themselves and the world around them. Story time is held on Wednesdays and Thursdays on the StorySteps all year round except August and December:

  7. Story Time

    October 29, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM @ StorySteps - Helena Main Library

    Children ages 2.5 - 5 years old and their grownups are invited to share the magic of picture books, puppetry, rhymes, stories, and songs. Story time helps children learn about themselves and the world around them. Story time is held on Wednesdays and Thursdays on the StorySteps all year round except August and December:

  8. Story Time

    October 30, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ StorySteps - Helena Main Library

    Children ages 2.5 - 5 years old and their grownups are invited to share the magic of picture books, puppetry, rhymes, stories, and songs. Story time helps children learn about themselves and the world around them. Story time is held on Wednesdays and Thursdays on the StorySteps all year round except August and December:

Computer Classes

  1. ABCs: Absolute Beginning Computers

    October 21, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Computer Lab

    *This is a four day class. Students are signing up for all four sessions. Each session builds on the previous session.* Learn the basics of using a desktop computer. How to use a mouse, type and use the Internet will be covered. To register call the Information Desk at 447-1690 ext 5. On the day of the class, please wait at the lobby "Staff Only" door to be let in before the Library opens. For any questions, please call 447-1690 ext 130.

  2. ABCs: Absolute Beginning Computers

    October 22, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Computer Lab

    *This is a four day class. Students are signing up for all four sessions. Each session builds on the previous session.* Learn the basics of using a desktop computer. How to use a mouse, type and use the Internet will be covered. To register call the Information Desk at 447-1690 ext 5. On the day of the class, please wait at the lobby "Staff Only" door to be let in before the Library opens. For any questions, please call 447-1690 ext 130.

  3. ABCs: Absolute Beginning Computers

    October 23, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Computer Lab

    *This is a four day class. Students are signing up for all four sessions. Each session builds on the previous session.* Learn the basics of using a desktop computer. How to use a mouse, type and use the Internet will be covered. To register call the Information Desk at 447-1690 ext 5. On the day of the class, please wait at the lobby "Staff Only" door to be let in before the Library opens. For any questions, please call 447-1690 ext 130.

  4. ABCs: Absolute Beginning Computers

    October 24, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Computer Lab

    *This is a four day class. Students are signing up for all four sessions. Each session builds on the previous session.* Learn the basics of using a desktop computer. How to use a mouse, type and use the Internet will be covered. To register call the Information Desk at 447-1690 ext 5. On the day of the class, please wait at the lobby "Staff Only" door to be let in before the Library opens. For any questions, please call 447-1690 ext 130.

Daytimers Book Group

  1. Daytimers Book Group

    October 23, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Mezzanine Meeting Room

    We will discuss The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez.

    A gripping novel, absorbing right to the end. The Sound of Things Falling is also a deep meditation on fate and death. Even in translation, the superb quality of Vásquez's prose is evident, captured in Anne McLean's idiomatic English version. All the novel's characters are well imagined, original and rounded. Bogotá and the Colombian countryside are beautifully if grimly described.

Graphix!

  1. Graphix Teen Book Group

    October 28, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Mezzanine Meeting Room

    Comic books...graphic novels...manga! Join our newest teen book group dedicated to words AND pictures. Each month we'll read a title together and share what we're reading on our own. Good snacks and fun!

Mystery Book Group

  1. Mystery Book Group meet author Gwen Florio & discuss her book "Montana"

    October 29, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Mezzanine Meeting Room

    We will discuss Montana by Gwen Florio with the author!

    Returning from assignment in Afghanistan, foreign correspondent Lola Wicks is looking forward to a restful reentry at a friend’s Montana cabin. Instead, she’s greeted by her former colleague’s corpse. Lola learns that Mary Alice had been writing for the local paper, digging into the past of Native American gubernatorial candidate Johnny Running Wolf. Lola doesn’t trust that the local sheriff has the skills to find Mary Alice’s killer, so she extends her stay and uses her investigative expertise to reconstruct Mary Alice’s last days. She learns that there’s a lot more than meets the eye going on in Magpie, Montana. Beyond the unemployment and the anti-meth billboards, there’s big money to be made in the mountains—enough to kill for. The sparsely populated Big Sky setting will be one of the major sources of appeal for readers of this gripping debut mystery.

Teen Events

  1. Minecraft Club

    October 27, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM @ Computer Lab

    Do you spend hours playing Minecraft? Spend some of those hours and share your expertise with other teens at the Library. No account required, but some experience a plus. Registration requried - sign up at the Information Desk, or call 447-1690 x 132.