Library Happenings

A parade passes the corner of First Avenue and Main Street in this undated photo. The old flourmill and the old hospital (now Fountain Terrace) can be seen in the background. This is photo 4889 in the Library collection.

Photo courtesy of the Lewistown Public Library

Midwinter cheer up 

by Nancy Sackett


Suffering from a vitamin D deficiency? Are you feeling kind of grumpy? Well, put some pep in your step and a smile on your face with this midwinter cheer up therapy I’m suggesting.

Remember the old saying, “no news is good news.” Let’s try that for a month (February is a short month): don’t listen to the nightly news, stop reading the current events, step away from your computer and devices. I know you don’t want to be an ostrich, but staying away from all news sources for just a month will so improve your overall peace of mind and blood pressure that you will be glad you gave yourself a break.

What to do instead of news? Reading good books, of course, and watching old movies –you know, the kind with happy endings– while snacking on sardines and sitting in the sunshine. 

Here is a list of my “feel better” books and movies.

“Little Heathens”: Hard times and high spirits on an Iowa farm during the Great Depression, written by Mildred Armstrong Kalish. This book, set during a time when the entire country was depressed, might not sound like an uplifting book, but it is. It gave me hope to read about a difficult time in U.S. history and showed a perfect example of how as individuals we get through such tough times. Does anyone do May baskets anymore?

“The Princess Diarist” and “Wishful Drinking”: Two books by Carrie Fisher that very humorously tell about Hollywood and her life as a Hollywood princess. Here you have an entertainer being entertaining. That doesn’t happen every day.

“Black Diamond” by Martin Walker: a mystery of the French countryside. Think Andy Taylor, sheriff of Mayberry, only put him in France and he is Bruno, chief of police of St. Denis. There is a rugby game that is laugh-out-loud funny, and by the way, a Black Diamond is a truffle. Not the chocolate kind but the kind you dig up.

“Singin’ in The Rain”: Since you are reading Carrie Fisher tell about her mom, you should watch her dance and sing.

“Take the Lead”: A movie showing how taking a positive action can change things.

“Goon”: Everyone has something they are really good at and they should embrace it. If you like hockey or fighting you will enjoy this one.

New to Fiction 

“The Second Mrs. Hockaday” by Susan Rivers; “The Midnight Cool” by Lydia Peelle; “Lucky Boy” by Shanthi Sakaran; “Huck Out West” by Robert Coover; “Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk” by Kathleen Rooney; “The Bear and the Nightingale” by Katherine Arden; and “Idaho” by Emily Ruskovich.



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

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


Friends of the Library

The quarterly Friends of the Library meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 12 p.m. in the Library upstairs meeting room. Meetings are open to the public.


Book Station news

The next book sale is Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Book Station. All proceeds benefit the library.


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 406-538-5212, or e-mail

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