Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
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Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
I recently read an article by a 13 year old boy about what kinds of books boys want to read, and why the teen books for boys often fall flat. He writes:
"Another giant, oily blemish on the face of teenage literature (that was entirely intentional) is whatever urge compels writers to clumsily smash morals about fairness or honor or other cornball crap onto otherwise fine stories. Do you not think we get enough of that in our parents' and teachers' constant attempts to shove the importance of justice and integrity down our throats? We get it. I assure you, it makes no difference in our behavior at all."
Okay, so I recently read a really great book that would appeal to those who share Max's opinions: Paranoid Park by Blake Nelson. So scary, so real, so devoid of phony moralizing. The unnamed narrator is a skater kid who accidentally gets involved in a fight in which someone dies a rather gruesome death. So begins the most horrible, lonely odyssey of his life. Absolutely shocking, unstoppable page turning.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Our storytime kids had a chance this month to participate in their own activities for the Big Read. They learned some facts about the state of Alaska and the animals that live there. In Columbia Falls a dog that has a wolf ancestor came for a visit.The kids in Whitefish made wolf puppets. And in Bigfork several young artists made some beautiful pictures of sled dogs that included sparkly snow! When we talked about the Alaskan Gold Rush in Kalispell, the kids got to practice their gold panning skills and even got to take some special gold treasures home.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Since we linked up to MontanaLibrary2Go on our website 8 days ago (the link resides on the left hand side of the webpage) there have been 66 downloads. They're not exactly flying off the virtual shelves, but our customers have been savvy enough to figure it all out!
Books check out for 14 days, at which time the downloaded file will become unuseable on your computer and the book is available for someone else to download. We have classics, such as Call of the Wild and Moby Dick, as well as contemporary reads like Dear American Airlines, True North, and Tweak--over 2,000 different titles in all!
Get connected and download an audiobook today!
Friday, October 3, 2008
5) Handle library books carefully. Many of the worn out books, especially fiction books, can not be replaced since they are out of print. You are cautioned not to loan or exchange books with other inmates or to toss books to other tiers or the flag. Defacement, mutilation or destruction of books will be cause for disciplinary action even to the extent of forfeiture of good time.
Please, please handle books with care so that the Flathead County Library doesn't have to stiffen our policies from 10 cents a day to forfeiture of good time!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
If you like to read books in a series, and can't remember what book comes next, try looking at this site. The librarians at the Mid-Continent Public Library, who made this website, are terrific and work really hard to keep everything up-to-date.
Don't forget that you can come to any library and let us to help you pick out the perfect book to read!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The Big Read will kick off this Sunday with a visit from grizzly bear expert Doug Peacock. Doug is an American naturalist, outdoorsman, and author. He is best known for his book Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness, a memoir of his experiences in the 1970s and 1980s, much of which was spent alone in the wilderness of the western United States observing grizzly bears.
Want an introduction to Doug? Take a look at these sites:
- National Geographic Adventure interview with Doug, discussing his life and experiences
- Outside Magazine article by Doug discussing Grizzly Man stars, Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard
- Video of Doug and his wife Andrea, as they discuss grizzly bears and conservation
For further reading, check out these books (available via your friendly neighborhood library, of course!):
- Grizzly Years: in search of the American wilderness, by Doug Peacock - Upon returning from two tours of duty in Vietnam, Doug headed into the woods to find grizzlies and experience the American wilderness.
- Among Grizzlies: living with wild bears in Alaska, by Timothy Treadwell. Authored by the subject of the film Grizzly Man, this memoir recounts Treadwell's experiences living in close contact with grizzlies.
- The Lost Grizzlies : a search for survivors in the wilderness of Colorado, by Rick Bass - Doug and Rick Bass search for evidence of surviving grizzlies in the San Juan mountains.
- Other books by Doug Peacock: The Essential Grizzly:the mingled fates of men and bears and Walking It Off: a veteran's chronicle of war and wilderness
Doug will be discussing the mingled fates of humans and grizzlies in Montana.
Monday, October 6, 6pm, KM Theatre/Kalispell
Grizzly Man film and discussion, led by Doug
A complete listing of Big Read events is available here. For more information, call 758-5815.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Pop quiz time!
What do the following books have in common?
- To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
- The Harry Potter Series, by J.K. Rowling
- The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
- Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
- The Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
September 27-October 4 is the 27th annual Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week celebrates our democratic freedom to express and have access to unpopular and unorthodox opinions. Said U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, "If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable."
For lists of the most frequently challenged books, see here, and for information about Banned Books Week, see here. Celebrate your freedom to decide for yourself by reading a banned book this week!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Readers to the Rescue continues to be a huge motivator in the Summer Reading Program. Readers can read log hours to get a prize for themself. After that quota is met, all hours above and beyond roll over into the Readers to the Rescue program. This summer our kids and teens logged 12,965 extra hours and maxed out the donation of $1,500 to the Flathead County Animal Shelter. Kirsten Holland, director of the shelter, brought in animals and thanked the children for their efforts. The Friends of the Flathead County Library pledged the maximum donation of $1,500 to encourage children to continue reading throughout the summer. You can donate money, books or purchase books from the Friends to help out the cause. Lynn Kelly (L) & Kirsten Holland (R) are in the picture to the right.
Monday, September 1, 2008
The 2008 summer reading program is now in the history books. A lot of kids, tweens, and teens visited all of our libraries and boy, did they ever read! We are still are adding up all of the hours read and it looks like we might break some records. Well done! Many thanks to Park Side Federal Credit Union for underwriting our summer reading program and volunteering at our branches to help our program run smoothly.
Our grand prize winners have been awarded their prizes and are probably enjoying them right now. Winners of the Imagination Station gift certificates are Eileen Crusta, Dakota Henson, Jack McDaniel, and Timmy Murray. Winners of the iPod Nanos are Shantay Carr, Natalie Harding, and J.J. Harris. Congratulations to all!!
There were lots of extra hours read for Readers to the Rescue. We will be donating $1500 to the Flathead County Animal Shelter, which will be used to help all of the animals there. Many thanks to all who kept reading after getting their own prizes. Keep up the good work. We would like to thank our Friends of the Flathead County Library System for contributing the money for this part of the program.
Next year's theme has been announced. For kids the theme is Be Creative @ Your Library for kids. The teen theme is Express Yourself @ Your Library. Start getting those creative juices flowing and we'll see you @ your library!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Here is one of those books that I couldn't put down and was sad to finish reading. This is the story of the only place in Britain that was occupied by the Nazis in WWII. Guernsey, located in the Channel Islands between England and France, is the location of this lovely story about survival and the human spirit. Written as a series of letters, this is a story within a story. Though it might be suited more for women than men, it doesn't gloss over the deprivation and hardship of this time. There is an uplifting ending that is poignant because you know what the people went through to get there. Think about adding this one to that pile on the coffee table or nightstand!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Flathead County Library System was proud to sponsor the 2008 Bookcart Drill Team in the Northwest Montana Fair Parade on Friday. The team featured Miss Piggy, a farmer to keep everyone in line, the pigs with straw, stick and brick houses, and the Big Bad Wolf. We even had the Little Bad Wolf! Hmmm...do you suppose he is in training?We hope that everyone who watched the parade had as much fun as those who marched!
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Hard to believe but we just passed the halfway point of our summer reading program. Many children have been to all of our libraries and have been busy investigating bugs. We have seen beetles, butterflies, ladybugs and many other types of insects and arachnids. If you haven't had a chance to come in and hear a bug story or work on a bug project, it's not too late!
The winners of our first grand prize drawing were Chuni Goodson, Matthew Kahn, Libby Goldhirsch, and Ella Cady. Lots of kids have been keeping track of their reading hours on a reading log and getting prizes. We just got some new prizes like these, which we think kids will like.
Kids can still register to keep track of their reading or listening to stories. We will have another grand prize drawing on August 25. Also don't forget that extra hours will go to helping the animals at the Flathead County Animal Shelter. So join us and Catch the Reading Bug @ your library!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
A recent article that I read was talking about how make an experience for a library user the best possible. The author states that “people want a unique experience in which they are recognized and treated with a personal touch.”
He goes on to say “libraries need to keep their services basic and to the point, so that librarians can spend more time creating relationships with [library users]”, which will be “more meaningful in the long run than lots of databases and technology options.”
What are your expectations when you enter any Flathead County Library System branch? It’s something to think about as we move farther into the 21st century and see how libraries will change to provide the best experience possible for you, our library users.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
You might have thought the Children's Department in Kalispell was a lovely Scottish glade or an Irish meadow today. We were all treated to authentic music and dance performed by the Miles City Caledonian Society Dancers. These energetic and talented dancers have been on tour throughout Montana during the past few weeks. In between dances the dancers told us about the origins of the different tartan kilts they were wearing, the significance of each dance movement, and some Celtic customs. A few kids got to try playing the bagpipes and found out how hard it can be! One of my favorite parts of this event was listening to Amazing Grace being played on the bagpipes...it soothes the soul.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
One of the most overwhelming aspects of pregnancy has got to be the decisions to be made about baby gear. What do I need to buy? When should I buy it? Do I need a baby bathtub? What's the best kind of car seat? Enter Heather Maclean and Hollie Schultz, authors of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. This book is a veritable encyclopedia of baby gear. Rather than recommend specific brands, the authors explain the differences between types of baby contraptions (activity gyms vs. activity centers, for example). Extremely helpful for first time parents made dizzy by all the options out there for strollers, infant carriers, slings, and swings.
The 2008 Summer Reading Program is off to a great start! So far, over 600 kids have signed up to keep track of their reading to earn some prizes. If they read any extra hours, they can be part of Readers to the Rescue, which is helping the Flathead County Animal Shelter this year.
We have discovered facts about butterflies, ladybugs, ants, beetles and spiders. During the next few weeks you can visit us and learn about bees, worms, and even bugs that you can eat!!!
One of the most interesting things that we have in our branches are the space age ant colonies. NASA engineers figured out how send ants into space safely and we have an example of the kind of colony they used. Come and see how these fascinating creatures have built their tunnels in the special gel. It's pretty awesome!
Friday, June 13, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Ever wonder what life in a public library is REALLY like? Try reading Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks, Gangstas in the Public Library by Don Borchert. Borchert works in a public library in southern California and offers a fresh perspective on the sometimes funny, sometimes poignant life that is the public library. With many anecdotes Borchert shows that a library is not just a collection of materials but it is the people who come to use all of its resources and the staff who work so hard behind the scenes to make it possible.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
As I've said before, we consider our libraries the living rooms of our communities. To continue the metaphor, all the relatives and friends were visiting yesterday, and the living rooms were packed. Keep in mind the positive effect that the presence of a library has on the community--economically, socially, and recreationally--we're the happenin' place!
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
While I was hiking, I was fortunate enough to come across this good looking bird. I had a few ideas what it could be and because of a couple good librarians, the mystery was solved. Of course, we have wonderful bird identification books in the Flathead County Library.
So, what kind of bird is it? Comment away and we'll unveil the answer next week.
Blue Grouse is the winner, to avoid copyright issues, I'll not post pics but you can do a Google Image search and find some great shots...
Monday, May 26, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Yesterday the Whitefish Branch Library hosted an open house to honor many of our local authors...lots of wonderful refreshments and great conversation! These authors have written about so many different things, it would be hard to describe them all here. Many authors had their books and magazine articles available to look through. One of most interesting parts of the afternoon was hearing about their inspiration, whether they were writing fiction or nonfiction. There are quite a few books and articles coming out this year, too. We definitely have an energetic and prolific group of writers in our midst!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Hey teens, come and hang out in the comfy new FUF chairs in the Main Library's teen lounge! We have lots of books & magazines for your perusal. Or, you can bring your laptop, phone, mp3 player, homework, best pal, etc., and just chill. Open M-Th until 8, Saturday 11-5.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
It's not scary, scary like the Exorcist, and it's not really violent and funny like Severance (how I love that movie!), but it is, as Ebert says, a superior ghost story and I really enjoyed it. Rated R for some disturbing content. For more reviews on this and other films, check out the Movie Review Query Engine.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Earlier in April the Friends of the Library sponsored the annual Teddy Bears' Picnic at the Main Library in Kalispell. Not only did we have teddy bears, but we had some dogs, cats, and tigers, too. Everyone listened to some stories about teddy bears, had a picnic with all of the animals, and made bear puppets. We hope you enjoy the pictures taken at this year's picnic! Until next year...
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Bound is the story of Alice, an English girl who was sold into servitude when she arrived in the colonies in the 1750s. Alice enjoys a fairly comfortable life until the age of 15, when she is given to her master's daughter, Nabby, as a wedding gift. What seems to be a good start almost immediately sours, and Alice finds herself in a horrific and dangerous situation. Though she defies the law and escapes her new master, Alice's trials are far from over.
Highly recommended to anyone interested in historical themes, women's issues, or just a good story. Mature teen readers will appreciate Alice's pluck and resolve, as well as her strength to survive many injustices.
A vivid and spellbinding page-turner!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Readers to the Rescue!
Last year we had tremendous support for the Readers to the Rescue portion of our summer reading program and we thought that you would like to see some of the kids from “our” school in Batangi, Pakistan. We partnered with Montana Library Association and the Central Asia Institute to raise money for Batangi School. We just received these photos this week and are delighted to share them with you. This is the first time that most of these children, especially the girls, have had an opportunity to attend school.
We have been working very hard on the preparations for summer reading 2008, “Catch the Reading Bug @ Your Library” which is for children from birth to 10 years old. Kids who are 11-17 years old will be able to participate in “Metamorphosis@ Your Library.” Check the Kids or Teens link on the Flathead County Library home page later to get more information about all of the fun activities we have planned. Go Readers!!!!!
Monday, March 31, 2008
What was the best joke ever played on/by you?
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