Library Happenings

Notice the train tracks running past the Junior High School in this undated photo from the Library collection. Can you imagine the disruption teachers had to deal with every time a train went past? For more historical photos go to:

Photo courtesy of the Lewistown Public Library

Accomplishing our mission 

by Kari Albertson-Denison


“Hidden Figures” displayed the lives of three women striving for equality in work and life in the 1960s during a time of civil unrest. The scene described below is one of the many powerful scenes giving background to one of the main character’s struggle for equal access to information and civil rights in general.

It was horrible to see. Heartbreaking, actually. As one woman leered through the bookshelf to another lady on the other side, a young child looked on, confused.

“You’re not allowed to be here,” she snarled to the other.

The woman went on to state to the mother that she needed to find books in “her” section of the library (meaning the “colored section”). Sadly, the book the mother was searching for wasn’t offered in the “colored section.” The mother’s determination to find the information she needed to succeed led her to the other side (the “white side”) of the library, which offered more choices, including the book for which she was searching. In the end, the mother was escorted out of the library for breaking the law (by being in the wrong section of the library).

 This scene in “Hidden Figures” would not take place here, as it is our mission to provide “free and equal access to quality materials and services, which fulfill the education, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of the entire community.” Proudly, the Lewistown Public Library is accomplishing our mission. All patrons have equal access to all materials and services.

“Hidden Figures” is a powerful biographical movie written and directed by Theodore Melfi (co-written by Allison Schroeder), based on the novel of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. I watched the movie on Martin Luther King, Jr. day, which was very appropriate. I highly recommend it. The book is also available to check out at the library.


New DVDs

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children;” “The Best of Star Trek – The Original Series;” “Genius;” “Tigerland;” “The Hollow Crown;” “Signs;” “The Crimson Field;” “The Jewel in the Crown;” and “Hollow Crown – War of the Roses.”


Book Station news

The next book sale is Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Book Station. There will not be a book sale in February. All proceeds benefit the library.



Federal tax forms and instruction booklets are now available at the library front desk. One per patron, please.


Story Time schedule

Infant, toddler and preschool story time is scheduled for the first and third Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Play group is the second and fourth Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m.


Board of Trustees meet Feb. 9

The Board of Directors is scheduled to meet on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room. The meetings are open to the public.


Save the date

Roman Culture Night is Wednesday, March 15 at 6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room. This event is free and open to the public.


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, e-books, and Heritage Quest Online.


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