Library Happenings

Were You Born In a Barn? 

by Kari Denison

“Were you born in a barn?” This was a frequent question I was asked as a kid. Grandpa asked me time and time again as I ran in and out of the house, carelessly leaving the front door wide open behind me. Shutting the door behind me simply wasn’t on my radar at a young age. I didn’t realize the impact I was making with leaving the door open and why it upset Grandpa.

Once I grew up, I realized what my Grandpa was saying. By leaving the door open, I was either cooling the house down (by letting in cold air in the cooler months) or heating the house up (by letting warm or hot air in during the warmer months). Essentially, I was wasting my Grandpa’s money – but of equal importance – I was wasting energy. Not good.

No, I was not born in a barn. And I’d become more aware about conserving and reducing impact long before I knew much about Earth Day, which is celebrated every April 22. This day is recognized worldwide as a day to educate on environmental issues and help our Earth. Our Lewistown community also gets in the game, putting on a Main Street clean up and other efforts. To me, the Earth Day message is a way to live low-impact and do my part to be respectful to my neighbors and the environment.


10 easy ways to improve the environment and save money

1) Walk, bike, jog or skate for transportation

2) Donate household items and clothing

3) Recycle all items possible

4) Use cloth diapers and breastfeed

5) Grow a garden

6) Turn off lights and other appliances when not in use

7) Weatherize home

8) Dispose of litter properly

9) Use leftover food

10) Buy used books or checkout library books

The library has numerous books pertaining to environmental issues and offering helpful suggestions to reduce use, recycle, up-cycle and to help save our Earth. Here are a few:

From the Youth Non-Fiction collection: “Saving Energy” by Jen Green; “Earth Day” by Willma Gore; “Saving Water” by Jen Green; “Recycle” by Gail Gibbons; “50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Save the Earth” by Michelle Montez; “Reducing and Recycling Waste” by Carol Inskipp; “Environmental Protection Agency” by Teresa Swimmer; “Recycled Paper: From Start to Finish” by Samuel G. Woods and “Crafts from Recyclables: Great Ideas From Throwaways” by Colleen Van Blaricom.

From the Adult Non-Fiction collection: “The Resourceful Renovator: A Gallery of Ideas for Reusing Building Materials” by Jennifer Corson; “Warm Fuzzies: 30 Sweet Felted Projects” by Betz White; “Building With Secondhand Stuff [electronic resource]: How to Re-claim, Re-vamp, Re-purpose and Re-use Salvaged and Leftover Building Materials” by Chris Peterson; “One Makes The Difference: Inspiring Actions That Change Our World” by Julia Butterfly Hill; and “Sufficient: A Modern Guide to Sustainable Living” by Tom Petherick. 


Friends of the Library

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


Special event this Saturday

 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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