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September brings activities to the library

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Fall has finally arrived.  We love summer, but we are happy for cooler temperatures, pumpkin everything, and curling up with a good book and a cup of tea.

Saturday, Sept. 17 we have Ranger Matt from Glacier National Park coming to talk about the different types of work National Park Rangers do and what makes Glacier so special. Then get ready to play Animal Olympics and learn about some amazing adaptations that local animals have and how truly remarkable they are. This is a wonderful program for the whole family. 

Then on Monday, Sept. 26 at 3:30 p.m. we see the return of Maker Space in the library meeting room with our very own robots, Dot and Dash. Join us as we learn how to code. While these programs are geared toward kids six and up, we also have some wonderful programs for the younger set.

Mondays at 9:15 a.m. join us for Mother Goose for zero to three year olds, and on Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. join us for Story Time for three to five year olds. Of course, younger and older children are always welcome, and kids must bring an adult.

Our summer book club for middle and high school students was a great success, so we are continuing through the fall. We have books available at the library for interested kids. Just stop in and pick one up – it is yours to keep. We will then meet on Friday, Sept. 30 at 3:45 p.m. to discuss the book.

September is just packed with programs and there are more you don’t want to miss. Sierra will teach you how to “Make Your Own Cross Stitch Bookmark” on Friday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. All supplies are provided, but you do need to sign up by emailing us or calling or stopping into the library. Humanities Montana speaker and storyteller, Mo Reynolds will join us for Story Time on Thursday, Sept. 22 and again for an evening program for adults and teens (time to be decided). She is “a professional storyteller that weaves folk tales with personal narratives.” This is also a kick-off to an exciting project we have planned to gather stories from elder residents who have lived in Polson and the surrounding communities for all or most of their lives. We hope to add these stories to the Montana Memory Project.

Speaking of the MMP, Tech Tuesday is Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. in the library meeting room. Our Technology Librarian will present a program on the new and improved Montana Memory Project. Did you know that the Montana State Library has a website dedicated to preserving over 70,000 documents, photos, videos and stories from Montana’s history? They recently did an upgrade and have an easy to search collection. You can even add your own information. Do you know who is in that photo? If you’d like a preview, visit and then attend our program for in-depth information and search tips.

Our Friends of the Library are still selling raffle tickets for another hand-quilted Amish quilt as a fundraiser. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Find a Friend or purchase tickets at the library. The drawing will be held on Sept. 16.

We really enjoyed the beautiful, peaceful harp played by Debbi Conrad this month. Don’t miss our First Friday Acoustic Music performers who are sure to liven up the place on Oct. 7 at 3:30 p.m. Amy Knutson and Arlee Freemole will entertain us with their ukuleles and fun songs.

The Library’s hours are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Curbside pickup is available for everyone during open hours. Please call us at 883-8225 or email us at with questions or to request curbside pickup.

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