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Many local children had their photos taken by a traveling photographer in this same cart with this same goat. If you have photos of your loved ones in this cart –now almost 100 years old– please bring them to the library for display.

Photo courtesy of the Lewistown Public Library


Back to school

By LaVonne Limpus


It’s that time of year again, when the air fills with the smells of #2 pencil shavings and the sounds of full bouncing backpacks filled with supplies. That’s right; it’s back to school time. We may have been coaxed into thinking this time came about quite a bit earlier, but the prepping for many has just begun. Excited teachers have been in their classrooms creating welcoming spaces for fresh new faces. Kids of all ages are anxious, excited and even a little apprehensive this time of year. Some students are going to school for the very first time, while others are cool as cucumbers as this late August ritual has become “old hat” for them. Then there are students starting what may be their last year as part of the Lewistown schools. This is the big time in Central Montana. Are we ready for another busy year?

To help with the upcoming transition, I have a few reading suggestions that may help keep our kids successful at school. For those youngest students, the library has many books about new school jitters. For example, “We Love our School” by Judy Sierra, “Don’t Go!” by Jane Zalben, “Butterflies in My Stomach and Other School Hazards” by Serge Bloch, and “Splat the Cat” by Rob Scotton -- all provide fun and heartwarming stories to help our preschool and kindergarten students on their new adventures.

Middle readers may enjoy, “Sparky and Eddie: the First Day of School” by Tony Johnston, “Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: School Days” by Erica Silverman, or maybe “Back to School, Mallory” by Laurie B. Friedman is more your reader’s style. Don’t forget the power of the go-to books also. “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series by Jeff Kinney and “Dork Diaries” series by Rachel Russell are always favorites when considering school stories. A personal favorite that keeps coming to mind is “Matilda” by Roald Dahl; this story speaks of the wit and courage of a young girl in a wonderfully “Dahlian” world.

Lastly, our older students may not be anxious about the daily ritual of school any more, but finding how you fit into school and society is an ever-present anxiety. A couple of finding yourself books I suggest are “Does My Head Look Big in This?” by Randa Abdel-Fattah and “The Dumbest Idea Ever!” by Jimmy Gownley.


Programs and events

Join us for “The Explorations and Discoveries of George Bird Grinnel, The Father of Glacier National Park,” in the Library upstairs meeting room, Thursday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m.



The Final Report of the Local Government Review Study Commission for the City of Lewistown is available now. It is located just inside the front doors.


New in your nonfiction department

“Rick Steve’s Greece, Athens and Pelopennese,” “Rick Steve’s Paris” and “Rick Steve’s Italy,” all by Rick Steve; “Writer’s Market 2016” edited by Robert Lee Brewer; “Bees and Beekeeping” by Derek Hall; and “My Garden” by Augusta Nichol.



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