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What a wonderful fall we have had. It looks like winter is going to try to settle in, which is the perfect time to curl up with your favorite cozy blanket, a warm cup of something yummy and a good book. Did you know that we add, on average, 100 books to our collection each month? I’m sure we have something you will love, and if not, I’m sure one of our Partner libraries will. This time of year, I love to check out the holiday magazines with craft ideas, recipes and decorating tips. We have two digital platforms where you can checkout magazines for free: Flipster and Libby. Libby has hundreds of magazines to choose from. We have a small group on Flipster that are not available on Libby. “Willow & Sage” has some great homemade gift ideas in their latest issue, including peppermint hot cocoa soap, chai bath melts and rosemary ginger foot soak, and “Real Simple” has some great tips for an easy Thanksgiving dinner. You can find links for both of these platforms on our website.

Our Nov. 4 music performance planned for in the library at 3:30 p.m. features Anna Dupuis and Gloria Stascavage entertaining us with folk music on fiddle and guitar. On Dec. 2, Ken Kenmille will perform on guitar. These have been really fun performances and a great way to end the week. We hope to continue this music series in our renovated library. Painting with Lizzy returns on Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. This month create an easy and beautiful pumpkin painting perfect for Thanksgiving decorating. Registration is required, so reserve your spot today. Friday, Nov. 18, the library is hosting another Dungeons & Dragons game at 5:30 p.m. This event is perfect for beginners or those who want to learn how to play. On Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m., Sierra will host a class on graphic design using Canva. We use Canva at the library to create all of our wonderful graphics. It is an easy and free program to use.  

Fall themes abound for Mother Goose and Story Time this month. Mother Goose takes place on Mondays at 9:15 a.m. for ages 0-3 and Story Time happens on Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. for ages 3-5.  Register your early reader to read to Riley the therapy dog on Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m.  

We are running a progressive sale in our library gift shop through December. Each Monday further discounts will be applied. We are closing out our current selection before the renovation. Shop early for the best selection. Our book sale corner is always available and this month we have a special cart up front with arts and crafts books for just $1. You might find a great treasure. We still have the Charlie Russell, “The Night Before Christmas,” prints available for $15 in the library. The print measures about 23” x 34”. Prints will be available for sale through December or until sold out.  

We are accepting submissions for our Request for Qualifications/Proposals from General Contractor Construction Managers through Nov. 17, and have heard that several Montana companies plan to submit. We are very hopeful that we will be selecting our contractor at our Nov. 22 board meeting and will be starting construction in early 2023. If you’d like to donate to the capital campaign, please visit for more information.

The library’s hours are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are open on Election Day this year and are closed on Nov. 11 for Veterans’ Day. The library is closing at 4 p.m. on Nov. 23 and then will be closed on Nov. 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving. Curbside pickup is available for everyone during open hours. Please call us at 406-883-8225 or email us at: with questions or to request curbside pickup.

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