Library Happenings

A Year in the Books 

by Kari Albertson-Denison


The beginning of 2017 brings the close of my first full year working at the LPL. I excitedly began my adventure at the library in the new year of 2016. Little did I know when this journey began, I would enjoy my work in a library more than I had ever imagined.

Growing up, my mother made certain my siblings and I visited the library often. We knew how to navigate within the library at a young age, and even use the old-school card catalog (yes, I’m dating myself). I would attend story times and visit libraries on our many travels around Montana. My mother ingrained in us the “love the library” motif. She’s the biggest book lover and collector I know. Mom was by far the most excited when I got a job at the library, but my niece Broquel was also thrilled, saying, “You’re so lucky. You get to work with books all day. My dream job.”

Admittedly, working in a library is much different than I had envisioned. For example, I was very naïve to actually think I would get much reading time at work as a librarian. I was looking forward to that and it rarely ever happens. There is so much to do. Being a librarian is a very interactive service job and also physically demanding. Each day different patrons utilize the library, classes visit via field trips, children attend story time, groups gather in the upstairs meeting room and folks search genealogy and historical resources. Books continually need care, moved about the library and shelved.

Even though I don’t get to read all day, I have picked up more books this year for my reading leisure at home than I have read in the last several years. My favorite books I’ve read in year one working at the library are: “Fool’s Crow” by James Welch, “Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo, “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult, “The Castaways” by Elin Hilderbrand and “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs.

My first year at the LPL has been a great success and learning experience. The library is a wonderland of information and an excellent place to be part of the community. I’m very happy to be part of the LPL team. I look forward to many more years “in the books.”


New DVDs

“The Longest Ride,” “Genius,” “The Hollow Crown,” “The Age of Adaline,” “Show Boat,” “Poldark” (Season 2) and “Star Wars – The Force Awakens.”


Book Station news

The Friends of the Library’s Winter Fair Book Sale will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 9 – 2 p.m. at the Book Station. All sales benefit the library.


Board of Trustees 

Trustees will meet on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room. Meetings are open to the public.


Friends of the Library 

The Friends of the Library’s quarterly meeting is Jan. 25 at 12 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room.


Story Time schedule

Friday story time schedule has changed. The new infant, toddler and preschool story time is set for the first and third Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Play group will be held on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m.


Save the date

Roman Culture Night is scheduled for Wednesday, March 15 at 6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room. This event is free and everyone is welcome.


Take special note

The library will not be conducting a Chili Bowl on Jan. 20 as formerly announced. Due to staffing issues at the library in January, we have decided to take a hiatus this year and return in 2018 with the biggest and best Chili Bowl ever. Please watch future issues for more information and thank you for your support during our time of transition.


Library hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. We are closed Sunday and Monday. Contact us by phone at 538-5212, or e-mail Our card catalog may be viewed on our webpage:, as well as our downloadable audio books, eBooks, and Heritage Quest Online.


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