Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Grinch Visited Big Sky Community Library!

We had some Christmas fun on Saturday, December 22nd:
We were pleased to welcome Kate Bryan to the library, once again, for her brilliant storytelling performance of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.
It was so wonderful to see story time regulars there, and there were some new faces, as well!

Merry Christmas,

Big Sky!

Librarians Kathy House and Sheree West, and all of our Friends of Library volunteers wish you a wonderful new year.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Come see the Grinch!

Saturday, December 22nd at 10:00 am

Please join us for a special holiday celebration, as we host our fifth annual Holiday Open house. We're pleased to welcome back Kate Bryan, who will be performing in her role as "The Grinch."
Refreshments will also be served. All are welcome- we hope to see you and your family there!

Your Library is Open!

Big Sky Community Library is back! Come one, come all: The Big Sky Community Library is back, and we're bigger and better than ever! You have got to come in and see our newly expanded facility- we've doubled our square footage, added our own entrance and bathroom (separate from Ophir School), and we have heaps of new books ready for you to check out. Here's a photo of our new kids' area: As before, our hours are:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-8 pm
Saturdays, 9am-1pm
(With story time at 10am on Saturdays.)

Come check us out!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


This is a shout out for help: We'll begin moving in boxes of books from our storage pod on Monday Nov. 12th, at 9:00 a.m.

Want a chance to see the new library ahead of the crowd? Come to the NEW library entrance on the north side of Ophir School at 9am on Monday, November 12th. You can help your library and satisfy your curiosity, at the same time!

Big Sky Community Library will re-open to the public on Tuesday November 27th. Please come to our Grand Opening from 6 to 8 pm. (The doors will open that day at 4 pm.) On that day, library materials will be available for checkout, as usual, and we'll be back in business! In the meantime, please come to our library move-in work party on Monday, November 12th.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Spotlight on... TumbleBooks! (A library resource you can use, even when we're closed!)

If you haven't yet checked out this resource available from our library website, please do! Big Sky Community Library has a subscription to the TumbleBook Library, which allows you to view and listen to books for children, online. There are also games and puzzles for your young ones at this site.

An interesting further option at this site is the ability to expose your child to learning other languages, by having picture books read aloud to him or her in French, Spanish, or Russian! If you're interested, go to the TumbleBook site, and click on the pink button labeled "Language Learning".

You may access our TumbleBooks subscription by going to our website, clicking on e-Resources and then choosing the TumbleBooks link embedded in the page, or you can just click on either one of the TumbleBooks icons IN THIS VERY POST!

Have fun! And be sure to let me know what you think of TumbleBooks...

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Fiesta Scramble Fundraiser Success!

The Friends of the Library
Thank You
for your participation in the Fiesta Scramble
and the Hook and Ladder Drop!!!!!

The winner of the $500.00 ball drop was Angela Gonick!

Success of the tournament could not have happened without the wonderful help of our sponsors. A BIG thank-you to the following businesses for their hole prize donations:

The Bunker (Tournament Sponsor)
The Cinnamon Lodge
River Rock Lodge
The Cabin Bar and Grill
Conoco of Big Sky
The Corral Steakhouse
By Word of Mouth
Bugaboo Cafe
MR Hummers
Bucks T-4
The Wrap Shack
Ken Wilson
La Luna
Blue Moon Bakery
East Slope Anglers
The Hungry Moose
Big Horn Boutique
Mountain Haven Salon
Moose’ly Montana Gift Shop
Willow Boutique
Cave Liquors

Many thanks also to the following businesses for their beverage donations:
Cardinal Distributing

Finally, A big thank-you to Mark Savoy, Janine Palma and the Big Sky Resort for their contribution in hosting the Tournament. Your support for the library is greatly appreciated!

Close to $4,200.00 was generated from the tournament and ball drop. All proceeds go directly to help with the addition of the Big Sky Community Library.

A special thank-you to The Big Sky Fire Department for the use of their ladder truck.

And last but not least, THANK YOU to Devon, Cousin Kenny, and Sammy for their delicious fiesta dinner!

Congratulations to the Winners of the Fiesta Scramble!
First Place Net:
John Haas
Troy Hobby
Lance Child
John Romne

First Place Gross:
Amanda Martin
Frank Germo
Kyle Wilson

Second Place Net:
Tom House
Dave House
Bruce Shobutte
Rusty Schmidt

Second Place Gross:
Ken Cummings
Dan Wade
Kevin Barve

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Don't miss these Bozeman Library events!

Bozeman Library has two visiting children's author events coming up, and we wanted to make sure you heard about them. For times and other details, visit BPL's Calendar, or call 582-2400.
September 20th: Newbery Award-winning author, Linda Sue Park (For more information, visit her Website! )

October 18th: Christopher Paul Curtis, winner of both the Newbery Award and the Coretta Scott King Medal. Visit his website:

Bud, Not Buddy, Bucking the Sarge, The Watsons Go to Birmingham

Mr. Chickee's Messy Mission, Mr. Chickee's Funny Money
These events ought to be a lot of fun- We hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Fantastic Construction News!

Initially, the plan for our expansion was to first renovate our old space, and move back into that existing space temporarily in September (with a large portion of the collection remaining in storage), while construction continued in the new section well into winter. Our final move-in to the new space was slated for January. This meant that September-January we'd be putting up with an incomplete collection, and a general mess all around.

We've just received good news of a change in construction plans: Our contractor is focusing on completing the library expansion entirely, by sometime in October. Essentially, in exchange for opening about one month later than anticipated (and one month during which we'd have only been provisionally open), we're gaining two or three months of having construction completed in our new facility! We're thrilled, not only to share our new space with you sooner, but also to now have only have one more move facing us, instead of two.

Here's a photo of the expansion progress, taken today, one week after those in the previous post:

Keep watching here for construction updates!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Construction is well underway!

As you can see in the photo, the library's exterior wall and windows have been removed, and the footprint for the expansion is taking shape. It's almost unbelievable, seeing our formerly crowded library completely gutted like this!

So there's a construction update for the end of July. Be watching here for more information. As soon as we know anything definitive about when, exactly, we'll be able to re-open, we'll let you know!

Saturday, June 9, 2007

2007 Summer Reading Program

We're still having a fabulous summer reading program, this summer! Our program will be self-paced and will be able to be completed without having to come to Big Sky Library. You'll probably need to go visit Bozeman's beautiful library at least once or twice this summer, anyway, right? If you haven't yet gone to see it, you really should, soon!

We have two different categories for the summer reading program this year: K-5th grade, and 4th-12th grade. If you want to participate, click on your category for a printable pdf of the program brochure. Have fun this summer! Read, read, read!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Notice: Library Closing for Summer 2007

We are very sorry to have to report that Big Sky Community Library will close for construction on June 9th, and is estimated to re-open (still under construction) in mid-September.

Thanks to the Big Sky community's show of support for the Ophir School Bond issue last October, the library's square footage will increase by nearly 1,800 square feet. Construction should be finished in January, 2008, and we look forward to sharing our new facility with you. We sincerely appreciate your patience through this time of change and look forward to offering a more comfortable and useful learning enviromment for all!

David Quammen Visits the Library!

Mark your calendars:
June 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Big Sky Chapel Community Room

Even though the library will be closed for the summer, we are very excited to have a special author visit from Bozeman local, David Quammen. His topic for discussion is “Charles Darwin: The Secret Life of a Conservative Revolutionary.” He’ll be discussing Darwin the scientist and Darwin the man, drawing of facts and narrative from his recent book, The Reluctant Mr. Darwin (W.W. Norton, 2006). In particular, he’ll explore one of the least known, most quiet, and yet most dramatic periods of his life— the years just after the voyage of the Beagle, when he developed his theory of evolution.

David has been a Montanan for 35 years and a freelance writer for 30. He has published 11 books, including The Song of the Dodo, and hundreds of magazine articles. Presently he holds a position as Contributing Writer for National Geographic and works for other magazines such as Harper’s. He has received the National Magazine Award three times. Quammen holds the Wallace Stegner Chair of Western American Studies at MSU.

We are looking forward to this program and hope you’ll be able to join us. All programs are sponsored by the Friends of Library and are free and open to the public.

August 17, 2007: Annual Benefit Golf Tournament Takes Place

Friday, August 17th is the date for the annual Friends of the Library Three Amigos Golf Tournament this year. This is Big Sky Community Library's main fundraiser of the year, with all proceeds going directly to the Library.

Every year teams participate in a 3-person scramble that's quite a party, and enjoy a fantastic Mexican Fiesta buffet afterward. (In the photo, above, FOL member, scramble participant, and our favorite party guy, Jon Holtzman, is well into the spirit of the event at last year's tournament... That's what we like to see!) Please join us for this fantastically fun event supporting a good cause!

Don't miss your chance to win $500 CASH: The week before the event, be looking for FOL volunteers selling golf balls outside the Post Office, to buy your entries for the Hook and Ladder Ball Drop.

Click here for a printable registration form to get your own 3-person team in on the action!

Special thanks go out to The Bunker for sponsoring this event, and to all of the wonderful Friends of the Library volunteers who put in hours and hours of work, making this event possible!