Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
We, at the Flathead County Library, would like to wish you a Merry Christmas. If you've been naughty with fines on your account, we will be open until 5:00 pm this evening so you can rectify the situation. We'll be closed Christmas Day and open regular hours the rest of the week.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Into the Wild is excellent! Sean Penn handles the camera and the subject matter with precision and love and the film has just received 4 Screen Actors Guild nominations. Emile Hirsch does an incredible job as Christopher McCandless who gives away his entire $24,000 savings before escaping to the Alaskan Wilderness in search of himself. By the end of the shooting Hirsch had lost 30 pounds getting into character. A beautiful film.... And, as an added bonus the Eddie Vedder score is great! All three--the book, the DVD, and the CD--are available for holds or checkout at your local library branch.
If you haven't read Dennis LeHane's series of mysteries with Angie Gennaro and Patrick Kenzie, you really must. While serving up a fast-paced and oftentimes violent story, LeHane gives a great social commentary on race and class issues in his native Boston. The film version of Gone Baby Gone, Ben Affleck's impressive directorial debut, follows Kenzie and Gennaro on a search for a missing 4-year old girl. The moral dilemna posed by the end of the film will have you discussing it for days.
More on books into films in another post...
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Come to our digital camera classes on Jan. 7th & 8th at 6:00 pm in the meeting room of the Main Library in Kalispell. We will go over helpful tips and necessary knowledge. This will be a hands-on class, please bring your camera with you. If you don't have one yet but want to learn more about them- this class is for you, as well!
Put it on your calendar and tell a friend. Any questions can be posted here or contact me directly at 758.5814. This is the same class offered on two consecutive nights, plan to attend either one.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Flathead County Libraries now offer over 70 magazine titles with new subscriptions this winter including Spin, Nation, Foreign Affairs, Men’s Health, Ready Made, Martha Stewart Living and more!
check out for 28 days and cardholders are also able to place holds on issues through the
Two years worth of back issues
Montana Shared Catalog and have them delivered to the location of their choice - just like books!
Stop in to your favorite location to browse, hangout, and/or checkout!
Call the Info Desk at 758-5815 for more details.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
My personal favorite is #5: Everybody Wants to Be Free. Teens need to be able to choose their own books! Consider bringing your teens into the library and letting them browse our wide selection of young adult materials. We also have teen book lists available to for teens to take, keep, and pass along.
As the Teen Services Librarian for Flathead County Libraries, I am always available for book recommendations and just general chatting about books. Give me a call at 758-5713 if you'd like to talk more about teen reading.
And read on!
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Partially in response to the type of behavior portrayed in the film, Flathead on the Move's Turning Strangers into Neighbors project worked with a large group of community leaders to come up with the Principles for Civil Dialogue. This document took many painstaking hours of people listening and contructively criticizing to finally reach consensus on how we should conduct ourselves at public meetings, in our places of work, and out in the community. The Principles of Civil Dialogue are:
·We provide a safe environment where individual perspectives are respected, heard, and acknowledged.
·We are responsible for respectful and courteous dialogue and participation.
·We respect diverse opinions as a means to find solutions based on common ground.
·We encourage and value broad community participation.
·We encourage creative approaches to engage public participation.
·We value informed decision-making and take personal responsibility to educate and be educated.
·We believe that respectful public dialogue fosters healthy community relationships, understanding, and problem-solving.
·We acknowledge, consider and respect the natural tensions created by collaboration, change, and transition.
·We follow the rules & guidelines established for each meeting.
Monday, December 3, 2007
After all, it is Monday morning and that means it's a great day to be alive.
(There will be free program calendars to the first 1,001 people to say they read this blog posting.)
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
We also have regular scanner computers in Columbia Falls, Kalispell and Whitefish that you can use to scan photos and old slides into a digital image. Documents can be scanned into .pdf documents or an editable Word document. The fun never stops in the digital world of the Flathead County Libraries!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I just had the good fortune to take a little trip down to Tucson, Arizona for a vacation. I spent a few days getting to know phainopeplas, saguaros, javelinas, prickly pear cacti, and other desert flora and fauna. My literary companion on the trip was the excellent novel The Hummingbird's Daughter. Set in late 1800's Mexico, the book tells the story of real life Teresita, the Saint of Cabora. Born to a 14 year old Yaqui girl known as The Hummingbird, Teresita grows up under the watchful eye of Huila, a midwife and healer. Eventually, as mystical, political, and social events collide, Teresita becomes an international sensation as a miracle worker.
The Hummingbird's Daughter is a fascinating and dazzling portrait of a woman and her country. As author Gail Tsukiyama writes, Urrea's landscape is "swollen and untamed, populated by rich, educated Dons, Mexican soldiers, valiant revolutionaries, dusty vaqueros, poor Yaqui and Mayo Indians, spiritual healers, and corrupt politicians."
If you're a fan of historical or literary fiction, add this book to your reading list!
Monday, November 26, 2007
"Carlos Saura began what would become his trilogy with this depiction of a single dress rehearsal for choreographer Antonio Gades's adaptation of poet/playwright Federico Garcia Lorca's tale of passionate revenge. No mere recording of a ballet, Bodas de sangre (Blood Wedding) uses gripping camerawork and heart-pounding rhythmic editing to evoke the experience of moving with the dancers every step of the way."
Friday, November 23, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Scroll down the page to "Book Reviews" and check out a fall reading list, a new book by Deirdre McNamer about Montana, a new collection of essays by William Kittredge, two books about wildfires, and a 'best of' list of books about the Pacific Northwest.
My favorite selection is the literary trivia quiz; you can see the questions online and make your guesses, but to find the answers you'll need to visit the library and take a look at the hard copy of the magazine - on the shelf in the periodicals at the Main Library. Consider it a bit of a scavenger hunt, and take some books home with you to get started on your wintertime reading.
Monday, November 19, 2007
So, why the dramatic reduction? Technology and space. With resources like Google people can discover more information and become more independent searchers. The way librarians once created collections, which were supposed to be more mediated, has changed dramatically: we now create access points in the “wider web” to the content we hold for our customers. World-wide, we as information professionals, have to rethink traditional notions of reference, as well as how to organize the collections and what kind of collections we should have. Our online Auto Repair Database is a great example of this shift.
Space is another issue throughout the Flathead County Library system. As our collections grow, so do the communities' need for services such as free access computers and relaxing places to sit. Many of the reference books have been moved to the Adult Non-Fiction collection and are now able to check out. Others that were dated and/or the information is better found online, have been given to the Friends’ of the Library or discarded, while long runs of serials have been moved to storage.
While some reference materials will always remain viable, the daily duties and the tools used to achieve FCL’s Plan of Service Goals have changed dramatically. Technology has penetrated every facet of library service and these changes in turn have affected how staff and customers interact with and structure libraries. These changes keep a library relevant, shape how libraries are perceived, and most of all - how libraries are used.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
If you liked The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime you may also enjoy Kiara Brinkman's debut novel, Up High in the Trees. There's no mystery here really, but the novel unfolds as a mystery would; all the information comes through Sebby, the 8-year-old narrator who is struggling to come to terms with a family tragedy. Because Sebby suffers from an Asperger's type illness his sensory perception of the world is sharply focused, which is believably rendered in his narration. His "feelings" come across in letters that he regularly writes to his teacher. This is a sweet, simple novel that has a few definite flaws (why isn't anyone paying more attention to this family's unravelling?) but it's also a quick and satisfying read. Suitable for teens as well as adults.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Our square cardboard cow yielded 30 square cardboard cartons of milk for storyhour kids today in Columbia Falls. Not bad for such a young cow. Her udder is a surgical glove filled with water. Small holes were added at the last minute, before the dairy workers arrived. She proved easy to milk and friendly too.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
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