What Happened To The News?

Hometown Humanities Kicks-Off.  

An exciting year of programming from the Library, Park High School, Yellowstone Gateway Museum and Humanities Montana begins with this program about the news.

What Happened to the News?

with Dennis Swibold

professor and director, University of Montana’s School of Journalism

Never has so much news been available. The trick is knowing how to find it—and how to judge its credibility. This program—presented by a veteran journalist, author and educator—takes listeners behind the curtain to reveal how the news is made and explain the revolutionary changes facing today’s fast-paced news media. It also offers citizens tools and techniques for staying well-informed amid the virtual blizzard of information—and for participating directly in the civic debates crucial to their communities, state and nation.

Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 pm at the Livingston-Park Co Public Library.

The Explorations and Discoveries of George Bird Grinnell with Hugh Grinnell

August 4, 2016 at 6:00 pm.

The great West that George Bird Grinnell first encountered in 1870 as a 21-year old man was shortly to disappear before his eyes. Nobody was quicker to sense the desecration or was more eloquent in crusading against the poachers, the hidehunters, and the disengaged U.S. Congress than George Bird Grinnell, the “Father of American Conservation.” Grinnell founded the first Audubon Society, cofounded the Boone and Crockett Club with Teddy Roosevelt, and led the effort to establish Glacier National Park. Audiences will travel back in time to the 19th century, listening to Grinnell’s own words as taken from his field journals, memoirs, personal correspondence, and newspaper editorials.

Downstairs at the Library, August 4 at 6:00 pm13934659_1194192550642973_8125891849646467129_n

Library Art Walk

Friends of the Library will host an exhibition at the library of artwork owned by the late Beverly Steveson, as part of this month’s Art Walk. The collection includes watercolors, original oils and photographs. Works are by Park County artists Cheryl Depuy-Murray, Parke Goodman, and Tom Murphy as well as Wyoming artist and hunting guide Vivi K. Crandall and New Mexico artist John Saunders. All pieces will be available for sale. Sales will benefit Friends of the Library.

Get in the Game–Read!

Summer is here and so is the Teen Summer Reading Celebration! There will be six weeks of fun for 6th through 12th grade students starting Thursday, June 23, from 6 –8 PM. This year’s theme is Get in the Game – Read!, so each week will be a game-related program, beginning with Library Olympics. Teens will also have the chance to read for a prize drawing at the end of the six weeks. Other programs include: Get in the Game Photo Scavenger Hunt (June 30); Got Game! Twisted Trivia (July 7); Minute to Win It! (July 14); Terrors of Livingston Treasure Hunt (July 21); and Fear Factor Sacagawea (July 28). For more information, call the Library at 222-0862 or email: lisas@mtlib.org.

Kids Summer Reading Programs Begin

Once again the Library is offering exciting programs for kids from Kindergarten to 5th grade.  Beginning June 21 for K-2nd grade with the Kickoff celebration and ending July 27th with an Author Visit from Jack Day.  Lots of fun, lots to do, it is 6 weeks of Summer reading fun!

K-2nd Grade                                                3rd-5th Grade        

June 21- Kick Off                                     June 22- Kick Off

June 28- “Daisy’s Mad Dash”                  June 29- Action Art

July 5- Read Around the World               July 6- Read Around the World

July 12- Out of the Ordinary                    July 13- Out of the Ordinary

July 19 – Museum of the Rockies           July 20- Museum of the Rockies

July 22- Friday Family Night with Mr. E, the Magician  For K-5th Grade

July 26- Author Visit with Jack Day        July 27- Author Visit with Jack Day

All Programs begin at 1:30pm except for the July 22 which begins at 6:30 pm.

Adult Summer Reading Contest

All too often people say to me, where are the fun things for adults to do at the Library?  Why do the kids get to have all the fun?  Well we listened and here is your Adult Summer Reading Contest.

Starting June 1 and going through August 20, Letter by Letter is your fun answer.  Based on a famous tile anagram game, Letter by Letter rewards you for reading.  Draw tiles, get book categories, read the books, cover letters to earn points and then do it all over again!  What sorts of prizes can you win for doing all of this?  I am glad you asked.  You could win either 12 swim passes for Chico Hot Springs or a $50 gift card for Montana’s Rib and Chop House.  Drop by on June 1, get your game card and instructions and  win great prizes this summer.  All brought to you by this Library and our generous sponsors.

Summer Internships Available

An internship for a Park County high school student will be available this summer at the Livingston-­Park County Public Library. Summer interns will be expected to work 12 hours per week for eight weeks and will receive a stipend of $775.00. The internship has been made possible through the generosity of members of The Friends of the Library and The Yellowstone Club.

Applicants for the internship must be Park County residents who are between sixteen and nineteen years of age. Home­schooled students as well as traditionally enrolled high school students are encouraged to apply. Each applicant must submit a completed packet of information to be considered. The packet include: a completed application form, a record of high school grades, and a signed letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach, counselor or other qualified adult. Application forms are available at the library and on the library’s website: livingstonpubliclibrary.org. The application deadline is Tuesday, May 31.

Click here for an application

Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale

The Livingston Friends of the Library Spring book sale at the Livingston Park County Public Library is Wednesday May 4 through Saturday May 7. Hours are 5 pm – 8 pm Wed. for members only (memberships available at the door); 10 am – 8 pm Thurs.; 10 am – 6 pm Fri.; and 10 am – 2 pm Sat. with a bag sale Sat. from noon – 2 pm. All proceeds benefit the Livingston-Park County Public Library. For additional details, call the library at 222-0862.

Livingston Chosen as Hometown Humanities Site for Coming Year


Missoula–May 2, 2016

Humanities Montana has chosen Livingston as the next site for Hometown Humanities, an initiative that brings a year’s worth of humanities-based programming to a single community. These programs are scheduled over the course of 12 months, so that every few weeks there is a new event.  All Hometown Humanities programs will be free and open to the public.

A local steering committee with representatives from the Livingston Park County Public Library, Park County Public High School, and Yellowstone Gateway Museum will work with members of the community and Humanities Montana staff to plan approximately 25 educational and cultural programs. Events will include public speakers, speakers in the schools, community discussions, and more.

To participate in the planning committee or to sign up for a newsletter to get alerts about upcoming events, email info@humanitiesmontana.org. Humanities Montana welcomes input and participation from all residents of Park County.

Tim King from Livingston-Park County Public Library and Kate Lende from Park County Public High School applied for the prestigious designation. Previous locations include Miles City, Dillon, Lincoln County, and Havre. Next year’s application will open in early 2017. Humanities Montana is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Since 1972, Humanities Montana has engaged people in conversations about the meaning of human experience through grants and programs on history, literature, diverse cultures, philosophy, and current affairs. Each year, Humanities Montana supports hundreds of Montana organizations conducting public humanities programs.

May Writer’s Workshop

The Library in conjunction with the Deadrock Writer’s Group is pleased to sponsor a two day Writing Workshop.  Local authors and instructors will be presenting classes on a few topics and local best-selling author Christopher Paolini will be speaking.  Class size is limited to 15 but Christopher’s talk is open to the public.  Sign-up sheets will be available at the front desk of the library.  Please contact Tim at timk@mtlib.org with questions.  The workshop will be held May 13 and 14 at the Library.  There is no cost to attend.

Classes include:  Point Of View (POV) discussion and Writing Prompts with Mike Petry and Kristine Backes; Setting Writing Goals and Getting Organized with Molly Searl; and Choosing the Right Word with Lisa Reuter.