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Happy New Year!  We are all so excited for 2023 and the wonderful updates and changes it will bring to our building with our renovation project. We hope you are excited as well.

We will continue our music in the library series after our renovation is complete. We have several programs scheduled for January so you’ll want to be sure to check them out. In partnership with AARP, the library is hosting another Smart Driver Course on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. Call or visit the library to register. There is a materials fee due the day of the class. Angela is hosting a final coloring program on Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. If you have ever attended a library coloring program or always wanted to, this is your chance. Our January tech program is Thursday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. Sierra will help navigate the changes that our renovation will bring. She will provide instruction on how to use our online resources, setting up a library PIN, placing holds, using our app, changes to picking up items and what parts of our library collection will be available during our renovation.  

The Library is very pleased to host local author, Milana Marsenich on Monday, Jan. 23, at 5:30 p.m. for a reading and book signing. Milana’s latest book, “Beautiful Ghost” is a sequel to “Copper Sky” and is set in Butte during the 1918 flu pandemic. Books will be available for purchase at the event or bring your own copy.

Children’s programming will run throughout our renovation project. Visit us on Mondays at 9:15 a.m. for Mother Goose for ages 0-3 and Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. for Story Time for ages 3-5. If you haven’t registered yet for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, visit our website or ask us about this fun program.

A lot will be happening in January and February to prepare the library for the beginning of construction in March. At this time, we plan to move out of our current building into a temporary location. Plans are not quite finalized, but we will announce our temporary location as soon as they are. In order for the construction to go smoothly, we need to clear the building as much as we can. You can help us with this in a few ways. Beginning on Jan. 3, all of our 28-day checkout books have an extended due date of Oct. 1. We hope that you will check out as many of these books as you care to read (or try to read) and hang onto them until our renovation is complete in the fall. This is a great time to read an entire series, a new or favorite author, or really delve into your favorite genre. We will move and have available for checkout a selection of the remaining 28-day books, all of our movies, audiobooks, new books, board books and special items. All other books will be stored and unavailable to checkout during renovation.  Our Partners sharing system will continue, so you will still be able to get the titles you want from other libraries, and we will continue to buy new titles as they are released. The second way you can help is by shopping our surplus sale in February. We will be selling most of our furniture, shelving and lots of miscellaneous items. Watch for details and a date. To allow us space to prepare, our meeting room will not be available for large groups beginning Feb. 1. We hope to not be closed more than is necessary to get moved, but we will keep you updated on any closures we may have. 

The library’s hours are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 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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