Library Happenings

And That’s a Wrap 

by Dani Buehler


At the Library, we rock and roll in the summer and love it.

Our reading program this summer was awesome. We partnered with local manufacturers for presentations and facility tours. HCR, Allied Steel, Spika Design and Manufacturing and Hi-Heat each add a unique and vital aspect to our community. If you don’t know what each of these businesses are about, I encourage you to find out, because they’re pretty amazing.

The Art Center inspired us with a “Found Art” experience at Brewery Flats. The Lewistown Public Works department shared their giant snowplows for our Big Machine Petting Zoo. A bicycling theater troupe, The Agile Rascals, led an outstanding theater workshop, as well as sharing an evening performance on the Library deck. Clifford the Big Red Dog visited the Library with Montana PBS. Plus, Benchmark Masonry shared skills, stories and Lego building time. Kids also participated in small group robotics labs, because yeah, we do that.

During the Library’s Imagination Stations and Story Times, we created bridges, bumblebee finger puppets, wind turbines, played with coding games and shaving cream, made watermelon stained-glass and paper rockets. Whew. We were busy... and that was just the youth program.

Blackout Poetry was one of my favorite activities. What is Blackout Poetry? We started by removing one page from a book. Then kids were instructed to choose only the most powerful, funny, sad, or captivating words they could find. After underlining these exceptional words, children could then choose to go back and find filler words to help create a poem. Lastly, kids crossed out the unused words with markers, creating designs on the page, and leaving not only a unique poem behind, but also creative designs.

Intrigued? Come into the Library and see our display of this remarkable art. And don’t forget to check out some of the other amazing things we created this summer.



The Techmobile is coming. Chanda’s Techmobile will be at the library offering a free tech clinic from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. today, Aug. 9 and Wednesday, Aug. 16. Walk-ins are welcome (no appointment is necessary). Learn new skills or explore cool technology. Folks with beginning through advanced skills are welcome. All ages are encouraged.

The Techmobile is brought to Lewistown by Chanda Phelan, Ph.D. candidate, human-computer interaction, University of Michigan.


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.


Story Time schedule

Story Time will resume on Friday, Aug. 25 at 10:30 a.m.


Book Station news

The next Friends of the Library book sale is set for Saturday, Sept. 2 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Book Station.


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 “Like” us on Facebook to keep current on our happenings. Our card catalog may be viewed on our webpage,, as well as the Montana Memory Project and Montana Library2Go to access our downloadable audio books and eBooks.


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