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February Events

Fall in Love with a Book!
Our popular "blind date with a book" displays return throughout February in the Popular Materials Room.  This year is even better, since you can enter to win a romantic surprise! 
Just choose a wrapped book from one of our display shelves and check it out, and then "Rate your Date."  We will enter returned ratings slips into a prize drawing for a night out at the Art House Cinema & Pub along with other great prizes.

Black History Month
In partnership with the Black Heritage Foundation, the Library hosts programs and films exploring the African-American experience.  All are welcome!  Here is the schedule:
Discussions & Events: Thursday Evenings at 7:00 PM, Community Room
February 11th:  Roundtable discussion:  Experiences of Black Men in America
February 18th:  Roundtable discussion:  Experiences of Black Women in America
February 25th:  Open-Mic Poetry Night:  Bring a poem to share!

Saturday Film Matinees:  Saturday Afternoons at 11:00 AM, Community Room*
February 6th:  Selma (2014, PG-13)
February 13th:  Documentary, African-American Cultural History (NR)
February 20th:  Documentary, History of Slavery (NR)
February 27th:  Straight Outta Compton (2015, R)

*Films may contain mature themes and content.  Check ratings.

Tech Tuesdays
Each Tuesday afternoon class introduces participants to various computer and internet skills or provides insight into using programs and hardware to help navigate today's technological worlds.  In February we will show you new ways to use online computing:

February 2nd:  E-Reader Support (Learn how to use your e-reader or tablet with Montana Library 2 Go.)
February 9th:  Online Office
(Access and edit your documents with Google docs or Microsoft Office.)
February 23rd:  Canva (Graphic design software for creating posters, cards, and more.)

Classes are from 4:00 to 5:00 PM in the Computer Lab.
*Registration is required.  Please call 657-8290 to register. 

BPL Knitting Circle

The Knitting Circle meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 1:00 PM.  Our Circle is informal and open to all fiber artists, not just knitters.  We provide space, light, and good company with which to share ideas and inspiration. Our group meets on the first floor of the library in the Popular Materials Room. Bring your fiber project and join us! Thursday, February 25th at 1:00 PM.

The Creative Writer's Studio
Meetings will be held in the 2nd Floor Conference Room
on the second Wednesday and third Monday of every month. Contact for availability. February meetings will be held on the 10th and the 23rd beginning at 6:30.

Saturday, February 6th:  MEET & GREET!  Come and meet the group leaders and learn about the Creative Writer's Studio.  2:00 to 3:30 PM, Conference Room.

Paracord "Survival" Bracelets
Saturday, February 6th, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, first floor under the Skylight. Learn to construct your own paracord survival bracelet, then make a bracelet that will be part of a care package sent to our deployed troops serving overseas. Take a few moments to write them a thank you note to be sent with their bracelet. Our thank you notes and paracord bracelets will be sent through Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization that supports veterans and active duty military through care packages and volunteer programs. This is a great opportunity to show our troops that we care! No sign-up required. All supplies provided.

An Evening of Zentangle and Coloring Therapy
Join our Tangle Group, Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00 PM in the Community Room, for our fourth foray into the world of Zentangle and doodling fun. Even if you missed the previous sessions, you can still stop by and relax, learn to doodle some basic patterns, and spend some quality time coloring! Attendees are welcome to bring their own pen, paper, colored pencils, and coloring book, but supplies will be provided. No sign-up necessary.

All about Houseplants
Thursday, February 11th, 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM, Community Room
Join Bess Lovec, an expert from the Yellowstone County Master Gardeners, as she shares her 40 years of knowledge and experience working with houseplants. She will talk about choices of plants, containers, soil, watering, and light conditions.  A handout containing the information will be distributed.  Topics of pests, pruning, fertilizing, and repotting will be introduced, with an emphasis on further study for participants.  Bess became a Level 3 Master Gardener in 2015. For more information, call 657-8290.

Family History on the Internet
Tuesday, February 16th, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Community Room
Ancestry Library Edition is free to use at the library, but what are those records you are seeing? Why is your ancestor’s name in those documents? Learn why your family history appears in Ancestry. Please bring information on your grandparents. Presented by P. J. Smith of the Yellowstone Genealogy Forum.
For Readers

Looking for something new to read?  Join one or two (or all 11!) of our Email Book Clubs. Each day we'll email you a 5-minute portion of a book. During the week you can read 2-3 chapters and decide if you want to check the book out of the library. Every Monday we start new books. You can choose among mysteries, business books, teen titles, even pre-publication! All you need to provide is your email address. Find out more or sign up for an Email Book Club or check out our Readers' Corner blog.