Thursday, February 26, 2009

Anime and Manga Club: Fruits Basket!

Anime and Manga Fans ages 12 and up are invited to come and watch Fruits Basket: A Great Transformation? on Monday, March 2 in the Main Library's basement meeting room. Free snacks!

Not familiar with Fruits Basket? Here's an introduction:

Under unusual circumstances, Tohru Honda is taken in by members of the Sohma family. Guess what? The family is cursed. When they are touched by members of the opposite sex, they turn into animals of the Chinese zodiac, plus the cat. What happens when Tohru discovers the family secret? Well, you've got to watch to find out.

Monday, March 2
Library Basement Meeting Room
Main Library, Kalispell

Contact Martha Furman, 758-5713 with questions.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Offline Technology Conference

Geeks from across Montana descended upon Anaconda and the Hearst Free Library this past weekend. Of course, I was not one of the geeks, but wanted to report that we have a wonderful connection between libraries and are constantly trying to provide the best digital services to our patrons, statewide. The Hearst Free Library was a gift from Mrs. Phoebe Hearst after she had sold her interest in the copper mining company based in Anaconda. While nobody has donated a building in Flathead County, each of us pays into the library via taxes and can take pride in the community that we support.

We also had the opportunity to tour the magnificent Washoe theater and its silver screen. If you ever make it to Anaconda, be sure to check it out.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Picnic Time for Teddy Bears

Saturday was the day for a lot of teddy bears (and their owners) to have a picnic at the Main Library in Kalispell. Teddy bears and kids of all sizes had a lovely time with wonderful things to eat provided by the Friends of the Library. The kids (and their teddy bears) visited different tables where they got to make a bookmark, decorate a teddy bear cookie, make their own set of teddy bear ears, and even make a teddy bear bead bracelet. We heard that all of the teddy bears went back into the woods to wait for next year's picnic!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

check it out! films

On Saturday I went to see the new feature film Milk, starring Sean Penn. What an amazing performance (Penn has already garnered the SAG award for best actor); and such a poignant story. Harvey Milk, the first openly gay supervisor in the city of San Francisco, was a community organizer, gay rights activist, and caring human being. He and mayor George Mosconi were murdered in 1978 by Dan White, another city supervisor, who was disgruntled with them both. Harvey Milk's story was first told in a documentary The Times of Harvey Milk, available here @ your Flathead County Library. The film won an oscar for best documentary at the 1985 Academy Awards and is mentioned as a contributing source for the new Gus Van Sant film, playing now in Kalispell. Milk is nominated for 8 academy awards and I highly recommend it; it is a timely film. But you might want to check out the source material in The Times of Harvey Milk, also timely.