Category Archives: Great Falls Public Library

Officials looking at options for library funding structure

Officials at the Great Falls Public Library are continuing the discussion of options for their funding structure. The library is underfunded and understaffed, Library Director Susie McIntyre told Cascade County Commissioners during an Oct. 6 work session. She said the library is struggling to meet Montana Public Library standards and if they don’t meet those standards, they risk losing about

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Great Falls library staff proposes to name corner for former librarian

Great Falls Public Library staff and the family of Kathy Wight, a former librarian, have proposed the creation of “Kathy’s Corner” in the library’s Kids Place. Wight worked at the library for more than 25 years and “was beloved by patrons and other staff members,” according to the library. Wight died in July and her family encouraged donations to be

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Library seeking community input on renaming proposal

The Great Falls Public Library’s naming committee is surveying the community through Oct. 1 on the proposal to rename the library. In December 2020, the library received a request to consider renaming the library for Alma Jacobs, who served as head librarian at the Great Falls Public Library and the state librarian, both historic firsts for a Black woman during her time.

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Library looking at funding structure options, possibility of levy

The Great Falls Public Library roof repair project is underway and library officials are looking at different funding structures. The library roof repair contract was awarded for $253,757 to CentiMark Corporation of Billings, the low bid, during the July 6 City Commission meeting. The project includes the removal of the existing white single-ply, wind-vented roof membrane system, rigid insulation and

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Gibson-Russell friendship program is July 22

A program featuring the friendship between two of Great Falls’ most prominent citizens, Paris Gibson, founder of Great Falls, and Charles Russell, cowboy artist, will be presented 7 p.m. July 22 in the newly refurbished Cordingley Room of the Great Falls Public Library. The program is sponsored by the Paris Gibson Celebration Month Committee and is free and open to

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Library closed Friday for private memorial for librarian

The Great Falls Public Library will be closed all day July 23 for a private memorial for Kathy Wight, a long-time staff member, who died July 11 from cancer. No library services will be available that day and the building will be closed to the public. Regular library hours resume July 24. “Library staff request that their privacy and grief

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Library expanding operating hours; in-person programs resume

The Great Falls Public Library is expanding its hours. The library is now open to all noon to 6 p.m. on Mondays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The pickup window is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and staff are available by phone from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The

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Library continuing capital projects; Bookmobile ceremony is May 27; COVID rules changing; operating hours to expand

The Great Falls Public Library staff and board are transitioning out of their COVID-19 response and also continuing capital improvements. The roof replacement project project is currently out to bid and due June 16. Susie McIntyre, library director, told the board during their May 25 meeting that they’re hoping for bids around the estimated cost of $125,000. Library receives state

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Library modifying operations as COVID-19 restrictions ease; new Bookmobile coming mid-April; roof project underway

The Great Falls Public Library is beginning to adjust their operations as COVID-19 restrictions lessen and cases numbers have stayed low. Susie McIntyre, library director, said that the plan is to change from requiring to recommending masks around the end of May, once all employees have had the opportunity to be vaccinated. Library Board delays decision on Bookmobile naming until

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Library Board delays decision on Bookmobile naming until library naming request decided

The Great Falls Public Library board made no decision regarding the naming of the new Bookmobile during their March 3 meeting. The board scheduled the special meeting after deciding during a Feb. 23 meeting to postpone a decision on the request to rename the library building for Alma Jacobs, who served as head librarian at the Great Falls Public Library and the

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