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Posted on: March 25, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Celebrate National Library Week with a Month of Classes and Programs @ Your Library!


Celebrate National Library Week with a Month of Classes and Programs @ Your Library!

March 25, 2016 (Helena, MT)—During April, libraries in schools, campuses, and communities nationwide celebrate the dynamic changes that happen in today’s libraries. April 10-16 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians, and library workers.

Libraries today are about more than what they have in their collections. Libraries today are about what they do for library users, the multitude of ways libraries connect people to their community. Libraries are a safe place to learn something new in a new way. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but they are creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and old traditions.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said John Finn, Lewis & Clark Library Director. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking the information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life.”

Libraries are many things to many people. They work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover and address the needs of their communities. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or offering a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

Your Lewis & Clark Library is celebrating National Library Week with a month of activities for adults from cooking classes and author visits to money management and resume building, there’s a class, program, or event for everyone during April @ Your Lewis & Clark Library!

Take Charge of Your Diabetes
Free! Six consecutive sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays for three weeks: April 5, 7, 12, 14, 19 and 21 from 1-2:30 PM in the Lewis & Clark Library's Small Meeting Room.

Learn how to: understand how diabetes affects you, how to control it, improve eating patterns, increase physical activity, develop self-care skills, improve relationships with health care providers and use community resources. Brought to you by Mountain-Pacific Quality Health and the Lewis & Clark Library. To pre-register and for more information, please contact Melonie Van Dyke at (406) 457-5819 or

Free Cooking and Nutrition Classes
Wednesdays April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 11, 18, 25, June 1 from 10:15-11:30 AM in the Small Meeting Room at the Lewis & Clark Library.

Learn how to eat healthy, save money at the grocery store, keep food safe, cooking, planning meals and ways to be more active in this free class. If you are eligible for programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), WIC or HeadStart, you are eligible for SNAP-Ed. Please contact Kim Degner at 406-447-8042 to register. Brought to you by SNAP-Ed and your Lewis & Clark Library.

Job Searching & Resumes with Helena Job Service
April 11 & 12 from 10-11:30 AM in the Computer Lab at the Lewis & Clark Library
Learn how to search Helena Job Service's new website and how to use resume templates to make your job search easier! Seating is limited; please call 447-1690 to register.

Book Talk with Missoula Author Gwen Florio on her latest novel, Disgraced
Monday, April 11 at 7 PM in the Large Meeting Room at the Lewis & Clark Library
Enjoy listening to a riveting reading of Disgraced, Gwen’s latest novel in the Lola Wicks series. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the reading. When former foreign correspondent Lola Wicks heads to Wyoming for a Yellowstone vacation, she comes across a story that hits close to her past. But she soon realizes that getting the story must take second place to getting herself—and her little girl—out of Wyoming alive.

Coloring Club for Adults
Tuesday, April 12, 5-8 PM, Large Meeting Room at the Lewis & Clark Library
Coloring is an activity we think of as being for kids. However, it can be beneficial for adults too. It generates wellness, quietness and also stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity. Coloring sheets and colored pencils will be provided at this drop in session. Adults only, please.

Author Visit: Timothy Egan
Your Lewis & Clark Library, Carroll College, and the Montana Historical Society invite you to a free lecture by award winning author Timothy Egan on Tuesday, April 19th at 7:00 PM in the lower level of the Carroll College Campus Center.

Egan will discuss his newly released book, The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero, which is about Thomas Francis Meagher. He will be signing books after the lecture.

In honor of Egan’s April 19th appearance, the community is hosting several book discussions. Copies of each title are available for check out at your Lewis & Clark Library’s Information Desk.

The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero on Tuesday, March 29th at 7PM and repeated Monday, April 18th at 7 PM in the Small Meeting Room at the Lewis & Clark Library.

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis on Thursday, April 7th at 5 PM at the Montana Historical Society.

Lasso the Wind: Away to the New West on Tuesday, April 5th at 7 PM at the Corette Library at Carroll College.

Justice for Some? A Conversation on Securing Equal Justice for All
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 7 PM in the Large Meeting Room at the Lewis & Clark Library
Did you know you can lose your house, job, or children without the right to an attorney? Many people in your community face potentially devastating civil legal problems. Unable to afford a lawyer, they must face our complex justice system alone, often leading to catastrophic legal results for them and high costs for our society.

Are you interested in learning how civil legal aid impacts your community by providing free legal services to those in need? Make sure to join the Montana Legal Services Association at your local library to take part in a community conversation about what civil legal aid is, how it works, and why having fair and equal access to the justice system matters to you. You'll have the opportunity to listen to a speaker, hear stories of lives impacted by civil legal aid, and ask questions. This is your chance to learn more about how our justice system can provide justice for all, regardless of income, and find out how you can make a big difference in your community! For more information, please contact Montana Legal Services Association at (406) 442-9830 or visit

Lewis & Clark Library Ukulele Jam Sessions with the Helena Ukulele Club
April 25, 6-8 PM in the Large Meeting Room at the Lewis & Clark Library. The sessions are FREE, for people 12+, and beginners are welcome!

The Beginner Crash Course starts at 6:00-6:30 PM for people who want a quick rundown of the ukulele and is for beginners only. The Jam Session, 6:30-8 PM, will focus on various musical themes with music provided. We hope to create a safe, fun, learning and playing ukulele community. Come to learn new music, practice playing with others, and meet other ukulele players in Helena!

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