Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Over the summer, children and teens read for fun and for prizes in Flathead County Library System’s Summer Reading Program. As an added component to the program, participants were able to read above and beyond the minimum requirements, with extra hours raising funds for the local organization DREAM, which works to provide opportunities for skiing and other outdoor activities for children and adults with disabilities.
This year, children and teens combined read a total of 12,908 hours over the minimum number of hours required for a prize. Children raised $1 for every 5 hours read, and teens raised $1 for every 10 hours read. On behalf of the youth in the Summer Reading Program and our program funder the Friends of the Flathead County Library, we were thrilled to present a check today for $1853 to DREAM. We wish them well in all of their endeavors!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
$25 gift cards to Borders
Neva Lunday, Columbia Falls
Callie Ling, Whitefish
Eileen Crusta, Kalispell
Sony Portable DVD Player
Kendra Vogel, Kalispell
Congratulations, and thanks to all the teens who participated and made it a great year for summertime reading!
Columbia Falls: Coltin Griffith
Whitefish: Marilla Carlson
Kalispell: Jacob Currier
They have won a gift certificate to Imagination Station and we feel pretty confident that each one will find at least one cool thing to get! !!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
This summer our libraries were a great place to hang out with old friends and even make some new ones. It seemed to go by fast as we heard stories about pirates, sharks, and other creatures that you find around water. We hope that you had as much fun as we did!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Kids from around the Flathead Valley are hearing some interesting stories and creating some imaginative projects following the theme of "Making A Splash" @ Your Library! During the past week or so kids created some seaworthy sailboats in Kalispell, went fishin' after hearing some "whopper" fish stories in Columbia Falls, and frolicked with undersea creatures, including mermaids, in Whitefish. We even hear some sharks were spotted at the Bigfork library. Things are going "swimmingly" well for us this summer!!
Friday, June 18, 2010
We made a splash at our libraries this week with the launch of our 2010 summer reading program. The kids in Kalispell heard stories about bubbles and a pirate who hijacked a school bus. You never saw so many bubbles when the littlest ones created their own bubble makers. The older kids did a science experiment about water quality.In Columbia Falls the kids used their imaginations to go to the beach, by listening to beach stories, making an ocean in a jar, and creating their own seashell bracelets.The Bigfork kids heard some great stories about frogs and made frog puppets. Our Whitefish kids heard a story about a goofy pirate and looking for buried treasure and cabbages! There were lots of sharks "swimming" around there. Many sharks gave up some of their teeth so that kids could also make shark tooth necklaces. It's only the beginning....
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Looks like these guys are headed to the Flathead County Libraries for the 2010 Summer Reading Program. We think they heard that this summer was going the perfect time to "Make A Splash" at our Children's programs. Or maybe they discovered that they could "Make Waves" with our teens! Why don't you join all of us for some fun?
Friday, June 4, 2010
The Vietnam era was a huge cultural influence for those of us coming of age in the late 60s, early 70s. This fall, the Flathead County Library System will feature Tim O'Brien's classic novel of the Vietnam War, The Things They Carried. Look for a Big Read calendar of events later this summer; and in the meantime, check out these new novels of the Vietnam War.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Check out NPR's list of summer reads handpicked by independent booksellers!
Stop by or give us a call for more suggestions. We'd also love to show you Novelist Plus, our database of recommended books! Check it out here (link is on the lower right). You'll need an active library card number to log in.
Monday, May 17, 2010
image from flickr user spin spin
Monday, May 3, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
We librarians tend to be quite interested in the e-reader phenomenon, wherein a single, electronic handheld device can store thousands of books. Recently we caught wind of an interesting article analyzing the environmental impacts of both books and e-readers in an attempt the answer this question:
Which option is more environmentally friendly and has fewer human impacts?
It's all very interesting, and happily (for us) the authors end the article this way: "All in all, the most ecologically virtuous way to read a book starts by walking to your local library."
photo from flickr user goXunuReviews.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
SEATTLE (AP) — A third of Americans— about 77 million people— use public library computers to look for jobs, connect with friends, do their homework and improve their lives, according to a new study released Thursday.
It confirms what public libraries have been saying as they compete for public dollars to expand their services and high-speed Internet access: library use by the general public is widespread and not just among poor people. But researchers found that those living below the federal poverty line— families of four with a household income of $22,000 or less— had the highest use of library computers. Among those households, 44 percent reported using public library computers and Internet access during the past year.
Among those aged 14 to 24 in poor households, 61 percent used public library computers and Internet for education purposes, though young people were the biggest library computers among all demographic groups.
Nearly half of the nation’s 14- to 18-year-olds— about 11.8 million people— reported using a library last year and a quarter of teens used the library at least once a week. The study was paid for by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and conducted by the University of Washington Information School, which gathered information three ways:
■ A random national telephone survey of 3,176 people from April to August.
■ In-person interviews with library patrons in Baltimore, Fayetteville, Ark., Marshalltown, Iowa, and Oakland, Calif.
■ An online survey that was answered by 45,000 people after they logged on to use a public library computer.
The most common uses for library computers included gaining access to government agencies,
searching for jobs and filling out applications, doing homework, communicating with friends and family, banking, seeking health advice, running a business, completing online courses and seeking financial aid for college.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The real news is that if you would like to learn more about Squirrels Gone Wild, come in to the library and check out what we've got. We will be opening the doors at 10am sharp.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
and Live Music by The Can’t Hardly Playboys.
For one evening, we're busting out of the norm and getting Loud at the Library.
Thursday, March 18 / 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Flathead County Library / Kalispell
The Flathead County Library Foundation is raising money to help with the Library's unique programs and services. We’ll have dozens of baskets for raffle as well as a special auction of library chairs and tables painted by local artists.
Tickets are just $25 each ($15 tax deductible) and are available at the Main Library Business Office. Call 758-5826 for more info.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
With games, crafts, and a lot of birthday cake, the Main Library celebrated the 106th birthday of Dr. Seuss. Once again the Cat in the Hat helped us celebrate with special guests,Thing 1 and Thing 2. This joint was jumping!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Read an obituary of Miep Gies here.