Library Happenings

Glacier National Park rock cairns bear silent witness as one heads to Many Glacier trailhead.   Photo courtesy of Kari Denison

Embracing Summer 

by Kari Denison

Summer is such a wonderful time of year. So much to do and so little time. I have to be ever so careful choosing where to travel and what to do to fit it all in during our fast summer season.

I find it difficult to choose “favorites” for almost everything. So instead of sharing favorite summer things to do, I’ll share some summer outdoor activities I greatly enjoy in our little Lewistown haven, as well as other places in the state.

I’m drawn to water. Spending time around water is a high priority for me during the summer months (and all months, to be completely honest). Whether it’s cold springs, hot springs, pools or creeks, you can bet I’ll take in as much water time as possible: Warm Springs, Big Spring Creek, City Pool, White Sulphur Springs, Chico, Norris and Bozeman Hot Springs are my top choices for aqua rejuvenation.

Hiking and walking trails are also highly enjoyable outdoor activities. Montana is a mecca of trails and spaces to adventure. I love getting out and about around Central Montana and the great outdoors across the Big Sky state. I’ve a lot more mountain hikes to explore: Do you have any recommendations?

Reading also finds its way into the days of summer. Sitting on the deck at home with an iced coffee, cat in lap and dog at foot, is a delightful way to spend a summer evening. Finding a cool space or tree shade to read in during the hot days of summer is optimal use of time and relaxation. Soaking up some sun with a good read is always a win. This summer I’ve enjoyed “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, and “The Girl Who Drank The Moon” by Kelly Regan Barnhill. I’ve also enjoyed “Verbal Judo” by George Thomspon and “Primal Leadership” by Daniel Goleman.

Just so you know, the library’s collection welcomes new additions monthly, offering patrons a wide selection, including the newest releases on our media and bookshelves. Keep current with our newest releases on the Lewistown Public Library website, Facebook page and the “New To Us” bookshelf at the library. Come talk to us about what’s new, and, don’t forget, we take title recommendations as well.


Special hours

“Lewistown Days” is Thursday, July 27 and the library will close at noon. We encourage our patrons to go out to the fair and enjoy Lewistown Days. Regular hours will resume at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 28.


Friends of the Library

The FOL quarterly meeting is at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, in the library upstairs meeting room. Meetings are open to the public.


New DVDs

“Consider the Conversation;” “Terminal;” “Buried;” “And So it Goes;” “One Hour Photo;” “Coupling” (seasons 1 and 2); “Paddington;” “Allied;” “The Lightkeepers;” “Man of the Year;” “Poirot” (series 11 and 13); “Toy Story” (1-3); “Hop;” “The Princess and the Frog;” “Rio;” and “Sing.”


Summer Reading: “Build a Better World

This is week seven of the Summer Reading program. Indulge your love of reading and life-long learning this summer at your Lewistown Public Library. Sign up at the library front desk.


Story Time schedule

Story Time is at 10:30 a.m. each Friday and Saturday through Aug. 5. Please note: Friday and Saturday story times will cover the same material and activities so feel free to attend either.


Book Station news

Gently used books will be on sale at the Book Station on Saturday, Aug. 5. The Friends of the Library are open for the Book Sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


Board of Directors

The Lewistown Public Library Board of Directors will meet on Thursday, Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room. Meetings are open to the public.


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.


Where is your favorite place to go camping in Central Montana?