Library Happenings

Kari Denison

The winning Chili Bowl team, the Outhouse Readers, poses for a photo after taking the tie-breaking round. Team members include (front, from left): Deb Bowser, LedaMcReynolds, Jenny Montgomery, Sarah McReynolds, (back from left) Richard Bowser, Mike McReynolds, Michael John Montgomery and Tim Milburn.

Photo courtesy of Kari Denison

Chili Bowl a success 



The Lewistown Public Library’s seventh annual Chili Bowl was the biggest and best Chili Bowl thus far. Twenty-nine teams participated in the trivia. Some teams were in it for the fun and others participated to win big. To be the winner of the Chili Bowl, after all, is a tremendous victory.

At the end of the 10 rounds, we had a tie. Emcee/Director extraordinaire, KellyAnne Terry, called off the tie-breaker round. All were in suspense as the final two teams dueled it out to be the Chili Bowl winner. The top team won the final round by one point.

Congratulations to our top-winning teams and a big thank you to all teams that participated.

Outhouse Readers are the 2018 Chili Bowl Champs. Party Smants is the second-place winner. The third-place team is Here For The Chili and fourth-place goes to Mental Floss.

 The Library would like to thank the community for their incredible support for the 2018 Chili Bowl fundraiser. Proceeds from the event benefit the Summer Reading Program. Thank you to the generosity of our sponsors: Jack’s Hanger, Albertsons, Shopko and the Friends of the Library.


New Non-Fiction

“The New Bohemians Handbook” by Justina Blakeney; “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning” by Margareta Magnusson; “How Not To Kill Your Houseplant” by Veronica Peerless; “A River In Darkness” by Masaji Ishikawa; “A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived” by Adam Rutherford; “Tribe of Mentors” by Timothy Ferriss; “Women and Power” by Mary Beard; “Fred Barton and the Warlords’ Horses of China” by Larry Weirather; and “Writer’s Market 2018.”

New DVDs

“Zookeeper’s Wife,” “Soap” (season 3), “NCIS” (season 14), “Being Human” (seasons 1-5), “And Then There Were None,” “Criminal Minds” (seasons 1-5), “M*A*S*H” (seasons 1-11), “The End of the Tour,” “A Good Year,” “The Way We Were,” and “Steve Jobs.”


History of American Social Dance presentation

Join Humanities Montana speaker Mark Matthews as he presents the History of American Social Dance on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. Matthews is author of “Swinging through American History.” Matthews is also a historian, dance caller/instructor and writing instructor at the University of Montana College of Technology, and officer with the Missoula Folklore Society. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Humanities Montana.


Friends of the Library 

January marks the time of year to become a Friend of the Library or renew membership. Mail your membership or drop by the Library at 701 W. Main St. Contact FOL President Marie Anderson for more information.

The Friends’ quarterly meeting will be Jan. 31 at 12 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room. Meetings are open to the public.


Book Station

Gently used books will be on sale at the upcoming book sale on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The Book Station’s book sales are a Friends of the Library effort, with book sale proceeds benefiting the Library. The Book Station is located at 621 W. Main St.


Follow us online

Library staff regularly post special hours, events, story times and book sales on the Lewistown Public Library Facebook page. Occasionally we share articles on authors or other pertinent news.

Get onboard and like us on Facebook. Go to the Lewistown Public Library page and hit “Like.” After you “Like” the page, you will automatically receive Library news in your news feed. Once you’re connected, you can invite your friends to like us and the Library news will spread faster and further. Sharing the Library events and posts also becomes an option and this gives added exposure. Please “Share.” Ultimately, we will inform more patrons and potentially gain some.


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, where you can access our downloadable audio books and eBooks.



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