Category Archives: Great Falls Public Library

Great Falls library master planning underway

The Great Falls Public Library is working to develop a master plan and asking for community input through an online survey and focus groups. In January, the commission approved a $68,000 contract to MMW Architects for the library master plan. The project is being funded by the library foundation. Diversity award created in librarian’s memory; old Bookmobile sold; other library

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Diversity award created in librarian’s memory; old Bookmobile sold; other library projects continuing

The Great Falls Public Library and the Montana Library Association have established a new annual award—the Alma Smith Jacobs Diversity Equity and Inclusion Award—to honor library efforts in the area of equity, diversity and inclusion. Jacobs was a Montana native and  worked as head librarian of the Great Falls Public Library for more than two decades before becoming Montana’s State

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Library board votes not to rename library

The Great Falls Public Library board of trustees voted unanimously to retain the name as the Great Falls Public Library during their Dec. 28 meeting. There was no public comment during the meeting. Members of the board said it was a good decision and that while they wouldn’t rename the library for Alma Jacobs, who served as head librarian at

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Cover Great Falls, vaccine clinic at Great Falls Public Library on Dec. 15

The Great Falls Public Library, Montana Primary Care Association, Alluvion Health, and Montana Women Vote are hosting COVER GREAT FALLS, an event to provide community resources and assistance in enrolling for health insurance, from 1-7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the library, 301 2nd Ave. N. “Open enrollment through the Healthcare Marketplace is upon us, and we want Great Falls to

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Naming committee presents report to full board, recommends keeping library name the same

The naming committee presented their full report to the Great Falls Public Library board during their Nov. 23 meeting. The board will take action on the request to rename 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. In December 2020,

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Library naming committee meets Nov. 16 on proposal to rename library for Alma Jacobs

The Great Falls Public Library board’s naming committee meets at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Cordingley Room at the library to finalize their report to the library board. The library board will review the committee’s report during their regular monthly meeting on Nov. 23. The board will vote on the proposal to rename the library for Alma Smith Jacobs

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Great Falls Public Library seeking proposals for master plan process

The Great Falls Public Library is seeking proposals for a consulting firm to create a master plan. The request for proposals is available on the city website or may be picked up at the library, 301 2nd Ave. N. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and late submissions will not be accepted. Great Falls library closed due to

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Library reopens Oct. 26

The Great Falls Public Library reopens Oct. 26 for regular hours after a weekend closure due to COVID related staff shortages. “We appreciate your patience as we strive to provide service with limited staffing,” Susie McIntyre, library director, said in an email. “We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the recent weekend closure.” Great Falls library closed due to staffing

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Great Falls library closed due to staffing shortage

The Great Falls Public Library is closing for the weekend due to a staff shortage. The library will close at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 and remain closed through Oct. 25. The hours the library will be open after that will be determined on staff availability. Great Falls library staff proposes to name corner for former librarian Pick-up window and phone

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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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