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We refuse to stand idle

The senseless death of a black American has ignited civil protests around the globe. We will always remember George Floyd’s name and the eight minutes forty-six seconds that Minneapolis police officers assisted a fellow officer in pinning Floyd’s neck to the ground until he remained motionless. While viewing current news coverage, it is evident that our nation is on the precipice of major societal change akin to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Only time will tell if our nation will build on the victories of that movement and truly live up to the U.S. Constitution’s immortal declaration that “… all men are created equal.” It will be hard to ove...


View from the Library

Our Partners Sharing group has restarted service. You will now begin receiving holds that were placed prior to the COVID-19 shutdown and you can begin placing new holds on items held by all Partner Sharing libraries. The library is currently open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 3-5 p.m....


Montanans need to be counted

As the country celebrates its birth as a nation, one of the most patriotic things Montanans can do is stand up and be counted – in the 2020 Census.  Or, more accurately, go online and be counted. Or mail in the census form. Or chat with a census worker. Every 10 years, the country counts how ma...


Ben there, done tha

As someone who has the misfortune to suffer from environmental allergies, the late spring to early summer is not what I would refer to as my favorite time of year. Statistically speaking, there is a really good chance you can either directly relate to the sense of annoyance when pollen starts to fly or know ...


Slices of Life

It felt “normal” and it felt good. If even for a moment. We had individual videotaped graduations this week. Each 2020 gradate had his or her scheduled five minutes on stage – walking the walk and ending it with a signed diploma. It was a time to celebrate. I choked back tears – fo...


Slices of Life

Bald eagles are majestic creatures with wingspans to match (six-to-eight-feet). They are the national bird of the United States. Bald eagles used to be in short supply. In the late 20th century, they were on the brink of extinction in the contiguous United States. Populations recovered and the bald eagle was...


Slices of Life

I’m experiencing parenthood all over again – through my daughter. To be honest, it’s easier watching it than actually living it. For sure there’s less sleep deprivation and wet, sticky kisses. But seeing her go through all the things I did has given me various perspectives that I don&...


Slices of Life

We are all staying home as much as possible. Wearing our masks. Doing our own due diligence, because, gosh darn, it’s the right thing to do. Quarantine has become a way of life, and for one very specific, very important reason: coronavirus. We are focused on COVID-19. It is the enemy. It is my enemy...


View from the Library

The library is open for holds pick-up, materials checkout, materials return, and quick browsing. Two public computers are available for use on a first-come first-served basis. Please limit your visit to no more than 30 minutes.  There is no seating available except at a computer. Curbside pickup is stil...


Slices of Life

It isn’t supposed to be like this. But life is hardly ever predictable or fair.  Everyone – all of us – are sacrificing at some level. The current nationwide – worldwide – situation is touching each of us in a truly personal way. I don’t want to dismiss or make lig...


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