Library Happenings

Picture Books: Not Just for Kids

by KellyAnne Terry, director

In our youth area, picture books abound. The few words hold attention spans, and lovely illustrations and photographs enhance the story. 

So let me let you in on a little secret: we have these books in the non-fiction section too.

“Wanderlust: Interiors that Bring the World Home” by Michelle Nussbaumer is a feast for those who love to decorate, travel or just need a little color in their lives. Lavish photos of multi-layered and lush interiors are on every page, featuring items and designs from around the world. This book is fresh to the library, and literally shines from the shelf of new books.

If art is your thing, then Charlie Russell might be your man. In 2014, the Montana Historical Society put out a book showcasing the 230 artworks of oils, watercolors, letters and sculptures that the Society houses. The book, “Montana’s Charlie Russell: Art in the Collection of the Montana Historical Society,” starts with Russell’s earliest sketches of the 1880s and moves towards his unfinished last work, “Kottenai Camp on Swan Lake.” The pictures are of the highest quality, showing exquisite details and colors, and if you can stand it, there are some essays to read as well.

Something even closer to home awaits in “Visions and Voices: Montana’s One-Room Schoolhouses” by Charlotte Caldwell. Caldwell traveled the counties of Montana to photograph the remains of one-room schoolhouses and to hear recollections of those connected to them. Fergus County is represented with Ackerly School, Box Elder School and Cottonwood School, with recollections from locals Rod Linhart, Carole Wicks and Shirley Barrick, respectively. This book is a wonderful visual tribute to our rural heritage, with exquisite images portraying remnants of the past.

Branching out, another new book to the library is “This Land: An American Portrait” by Jack Spencer. This book was brought to my attention by a patron, and it makes a great addition in chronicling our sense of place in these times we live in. Spencer spent 13 years photographing the lower 48 states to create a “startlingly fresh perspective” and a “breadth of imagery” of the American landscape. Using saturated colors and black and white images; this book is both nostalgic and contemporary in feeling and subject matter.

Finally, for even further exploration, we can view “a kaleidoscopic view of remote Artic and alpine landscapes” in “Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers” by James Balog. Started as an environmental survey with extreme cameras, “Ice” documents climate change in action while preserving the legacy of the “cryosphere,” or the landscape of ice.

A picture says a thousand words, which is probably why some of these books are so big. They are unique in size and content, and if you are willing to lug them home, you will not be disappointed.


New titles

“Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked” by Adam Alter; “Reiki Healer” by Lawrence Ellyard; “The Forks Over Knives Plan: A 4-Week Meal-By-Meal Makeover” by Alona Pulde, MD, and Matthew Lederman, MD; “This Close to Happy: A Reckoning With Depression” by Daphne Merkin; “Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and Its War” by James Wright and “Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War” by Daniel J. Sharfstein.


Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library quarterly meeting is Wednesday, April 26 at noon in the library meeting room.


Special event

Beth Judy, author of “Bold Women In Montana History,” will present a book reading and signing on Saturday, April 29. Eleven Montana heroines are portrayed in Judy’s biography including Lewistown native and librarian extraordinaire Alma Smith Jacobs. Join us at 1 p.m. in the library upstairs for this event.


Coming up: Author Dinner

 The annual author dinner on Wednesday, May 17 features Montana suspense writer Christine Carbo. This exceptional event at the Elks Club involves a social hour and silent auction at 5 p.m., followed by a catered dinner at 6 p.m. and presentation by Carbo at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the library.


Library hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday – Friday and Saturdays 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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