Category Archives: Great Falls Public Library

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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County case rate continues to drop, meets first week requirement of county health order

The case rate for the last week was 8 per 100,000 in Cascade County. The Cascade County City-County Health Department calculates the rate of average new daily cases each Wednesday for the previous week. Last week, the rate was 15 per 100,000 for Feb. 11-17, according to Trisha Gardner, county health officer. On Feb. 17, the Cascade County City-County Board

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Board delays decision on renaming library

The Great Falls Public Library board voted to postpone a decision on the request to rename the library for Alma Jacobs, who served as head librarian at the GFPL and the state librarian, both historic firsts for a Black woman during her time. The request was initiated by Ken Robison, a local historian, in December and led the board to

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Library considering inventory system change; request for name change

The Great Falls Public Library has finished several capital projects recently and has plans for other projects in the near future. The library initially received $10,000 in CARES Act funds and used it to remodel the back book drop in the alley into a drive-through pick up window, which went live Nov. 13 and 28 patrons used the window during

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Library hotspots available; Bookmobile shifting operations; pick-up window opens this week

The Great Falls Public Library has 52 hotspots available to lend to patrons thanks to a Montana State Library program. To check out hotspots, patrons need to have a library card in good standing and anyone under the age of 18 will need to have a signed permission form from a parent or guardian. Hotspots can be requested at the

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2nd Avenue North to close by library for storm drain repair

As part of the library flood mitigation project, 2nd Avenue North will be closed beginning Nov. 9 and traffic will be routed around the Great Falls Public Library. The project includes replacing the library’s storm drain connection to the city water main. Beginning Nov. 9, both lanes of 2nd Avenue North in front of the library will be closed and

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Library Board upholds mask policy, denies request for exemption

The board of trustees of the Great Falls Public Library voted unanimously during their Oct. 27 meeting to uphold it’s mask policy and deny an exemption that was requested by a local woman. Raylene Short filed a request with the library requesting an exemption for herself and her two sons from having to wear a mask in the library on

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Great Falls Public Library closed due to positive COVID-19 case among staff

The Great Falls Public Library is closing effective immediately through Oct. 20. The library was notified of a positive case among their staff. According to a release from the library, they’ll wok with the Cascade County City-County Health Department to contact trace and notify anyone who may have been exposed and will conduct a thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the

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Library foundation fundraising for new Bookmobile

The Great Falls Public Library Foundation is launching its annual Book-a-Thon fundraiser in November. The fundraiser generates funds to cover the cost of programs, services and materials at the Great Falls Public Library and runs through March 2021. As a special request this year, the GFPL Foundation is asking for donations for a new Bookmobile to replace the current 20-year-old

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