Library Happenings

Kari Denison

Back to School is bittersweet 


Every fall since 2003, I have prepared my kids and myself for back to school. This year’s back to school anticipation will be the last for my family (choking back the tears as I write this) as my youngest child will graduate in 2018.

I clearly remember the first day of kindergarten for both of my kiddos. I’m pretty sure I was more scared than either one of them. It goes without saying, we all survived and thrived the trials and successes of school. Being a part of their education and extra-curricular activities was - and is - a high priority for me.  

During their grade school years I volunteered in the classroom and on field trips when the opportunity arose. I loved the involvement and seeing my kids at school. As the years went by, the enthusiasm to have mom volunteer or come have lunch dwindled. I was very blessed to have the opportunity to go to the C.M. Russell Museum, Giant Springs Park, Showdown Ski Hill, East Fork Dam, a Hutterite Colony, Kiwanis Park, City Park and even the North Pole with my kids’ classes. The last school field trip I took was with my son’s sixth grade class. I volunteered for Mr. P’s class to adventure with 100+ sixth graders to Zoo Montana. At the time, I didn’t realize it would be the last trip – nonetheless, I fully embraced the adventure and enjoyed it very much.

As the kids got older, the schedules got busier and busier, which inadvertently led to time going warp speed. Swim team, wrestling, hockey, tennis, 4-H, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, rifle club, sailing camp, fishing, soccer, youth archery, dance, cheerleading, golf and skate boarding kept us trying new things, and crammed our schedule busy, busy, busy.

So here we are: the start of another school year and the start of the last school year for me. My son is a senior. I am ready, and at the same time, I am not ready. I have no regrets. I’ve been involved and committed to my kids’ education. I made it a practice to praise and thank the teachers who gave energy and time to teaching my kids and others. This has been the greatest adventure of all.

My suggested story for back to school was a favorite of my son’s when he was much younger – “Miss Nelson is Missing” by Harry Allard. A title I may delve into next year when the “empty nest” sets in is “My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space: The Amazing Adventures of An Ordinary Woman” by Lisa Scottoline.                   

Have a wonderful school year.


Closed for Chokecherry Festival

The library will be closed all day on Saturday, Sept. 9 for the Chokecherry Festival. We will be open regular hours from 9-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12.


Book Station News

The Friends of the Library Book Sale is set for Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Book Station during the Chokecherry Festival. There will not be a sale on the first Saturday of September.


September’s Exhibit

“Erin’s Exiled Children: Irish America and the Road to the Rising” exhibit will be on display during September in the Library upstairs. Reception 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21.


Board of Directors

The Lewistown Public Library Board of Directors will meet on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room.  Meetings are open to the public.


Save the Date

The Montana Repertory Theatre will perform “Raised in the Saddle: The Phantasmagorical Journey of a Future Rodeo Queen” on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. Written by Jay Kettering, the comedy is sure to delight and entertain. This public event is free and sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  


Story Time Schedule

Join Ms. Dani for story time on Friday, Aug. 25 at 10:30 a.m.  




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