Friends of the Library Newsletter-May/June 2014

Lewistown Public Library Earns Award

The Lewistown Public Library was awarded the Excellent Library Service Award for the second time at the Montana Library Association’s annual conference held in Billings in April. The award recognizes excellent library service to the community and is based on a variety of criteria that must be met through programming, staffing, hours available, services available and special events. This award is presented by the Montana State Library Commission.

Librarians Attend Montana Library Association Conference in April

Several librarians took advantage of the continuing education opportunities at the Montana Library Association Conference in Billings, MT on April 9-12. Library Director KellyAnne Terry, Youth Librarian Nancy Sackett, and Library Assistant Lora Poser-Brown attended the conference. They were also joined by Board Trustees Mary Frieze and Blanche Chapman for several of the seminars.

KellyAnne presented at the conference about “How to put on a Library Event,” and the group was able to tour the newly built Billings Public Library. The theme for this year’s conference was Thrive! The conference focused on new technology regarding digitization, promotion and implementation of early literacy and youth services, and consistency and creativity in serving the public through new resources and programming.

Youth Summer Reading Program 2014!

The Library is pleased to announce this year’s theme for the Youth Summer Reading Program: Fizz, Boom, Pop! This year’s theme is oriented to things scientific and creative – biology, meteorology, the senses, math, color, sound, water and movement . The youth will maintain reading logs with a division of two age groups: Birth to Kindergarten and First Grade – Senior High. Youth can win weekly prizes and participate in drawings for the end of the program. Story times, scavenger hunts, a Family Trail Walk, a Storytime in the Park, a Magic Show and many other activities are planned. Sign up the week of June 3rd for all the information. The program runs for 8 weeks and is completed the first week of August. We look forward to seeing you!

Literary Landscapes Coming to Lewistown!

In conjunction with the Montana Preservation Road Show to be held in Lewistown on June 12 – 14, the Lewistown Public Library is hosting Literary Landscapes, a community book club focusing on major publications about the area. The books to be discussed include This House of Sky by Ivan Doig, All But the Waltz by Mary Clearman Blew, Tough Trip through Paradise by Andrew Garcia, and Fool’s Crow by James Welch as well as a complete recommended reading list. Library Director KellyAnne Terry will be one of the facilitators of this conversation along with Humanties Montana Director Ken Egan. The presentation will be in the Upstairs Meeting Room of the Library on Friday, June 13 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Lewistown Public Library patrons will be able to attend the event in conjunction with the Adult Summer Reading Program.

The history of the Roadshow is as follows – In 2010, the Northern Region entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Montana Preservation Alliance (MPA), the state’s premier non-profit historic preservation organization, to cooperate in the development of programs and activities that help achieve mutual historic preservation goals. Out of this cooperation, the Montana Preservation Roadshow was born! The Roadshow travels to central Montana and the community of Lewistown in June of 2014. The sweeping grandeur and history of the Judith Basin and surrounds will be explored through visits to significant cultural sites on public and private lands. The event will include presentations and workshops about many facets of central Montana history and historic preservation. The MPA, BLM, Forest Service and other partners will host this collaborative event.

Adult Summer Reading Program Info:

Theme: Literary Elements with a focus on science in literature and the arts

Register the week of June 3 – June 7. If you register this week then your name will go in to a drawing for a planted container from Kring’s Greenhouse.

Participation and events begin June 10th

Some things planned: Magic Show, Book Discussions, Puzzles and Games, Events and Outdoor Activities, and of course – Reading!

Prizes Awarded at the end of the Program in August – lots of chances to participate and win!