Monday, December 21, 2009

Have a Joyous Holiday!

The Big Sky Community Library will be open for regular hours during Christmas break except for Sunday 12/27. Community hours are: Sunday 1-5, Monday 10-6, Tuesday & Wednesday 4-8.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Big Sky Community Library Holiday Open House

2:00 PM


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Special Program!

Shane Doyle will be in the library Tuesday, December 1st for a program on the Crow Indian Nation.

Shane Doyle is an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe who hales from Crow Agency, MT. Currently a Doctoral Candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at MSU-Bozeman, Shane has 10 years of teaching experience in Montana.
Please join us at 7:00, for a community presentation!
Shane will focus on the nature of Montana Plains Indian oral tradition as it relates to the four seasons and the parade generations.
We hope you can make it!

Story Hour Fun!

Join us for story hour on Mondays at 10:30 am!

Stories, Songs, Finger Rhymes, Crafts, Snacks

Monday, September 28, 2009

New books at the library!

The Little Book
By: Selden Edwards

Wheeler Burden finds himself mysteriously transported ninety-seven years in the past--to 1897--where he is stuck, and after finding proper clothing, shelter, and acquires Sigmund Freud as a mentor, Wheeler learns more about his war-hero father but struggles to put the pieces of his life together.

Strength in What Remains
By: Tracy Kidder

The author relates his experiences speaking and traveling with an African refugee named Deo, who escaped genocide and earned his doctorate degree in medicine from Columbia Universtity, to Burundi, where Deo built a hospital and reflected on the many deaths in the region.

The Lost Symbol
By: Dan Brown

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, at the U.S. Capitol Building to deliver a lecture, is drawn into a desperate search through the hidden tunnels and temples of Washington, D.C., when his mentor Peter Solomon, a prominent Mason and philanthropist, is kidnapped and the only clue to Solomon's whereabouts lies in an ancient invitation to a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.

Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You
By: Hanna Jansen

Jeanne, the only member of her family not murdered in the Rwandan genocide, struggles to start a new life without her family while coping with the violent memories that haunt her.

Where Men Win Glory
By: Jon Krakauer

Presents a biographical discussion of Pat Tillman, covering the true events and actions surrounding the death of the U.S. Army soldier by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004, and examines the misrepresentation of his story by the Bush administration before the truth was revealed.

That Old Cape Magic
By Richard Russo

The wedding of a daughter's best friend and, a year later, the wedding of a daughter brings Griffin back to the Cape Cod of his childhood, where he confronts old hurts, the loss of his parents and their failed marriage, and more of his own troubles.

Traveling With Pomegranates
By: Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor

Best-selling author Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter, Ann, chronicle their travels together between 1998 and 2000, when they embarked on a journey of self-discovery and reconnection through Greece and France.

By Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

Contains ten essays that challenge conventional wisdom about raising children, contending that good intentions in child rearing practices are actually backfiring and discussing topics such as praise, emotional well-being, race, lying, and teen rebellion.

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Grizzly &Wolf Discovery Center!

The Grizzly &Wolf
Discovery Center is coming to the Library!

Please Join us Monday Sept 28th at 10:30 (Pre-K Story Hour) for a Program about Hibernation with Maria from the Discovery Center!


September 29th - October 2nd is Banned Books Week!

Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. During the last week of September, our library is drawing attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books. So come in, check them out and READ BANNED BOOKS!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Thank you!

Thank you A.J. from the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center! Big Sky kids had a great time listening to your stories and learning about the wonderful birds you brought to us.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Frances Stewart!

July 13th
Story Time 10:30 (Pre-schoolers)
Frances Stewart and her program KidSing will be here. Come sing along!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

“Express Yourself” @ Your Library!

· Our Young Adult “Express Yourself” SRP program is now on Mondays @ 3:30 pm.

· Please Join Dani and Danielle as we discuss The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld and start a fun art project!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

'09 Summer Reading Program!

Be Creative about Storytelling!

Mrs. House will kick off the SRP with some Kamishibai storytelling!

When: Wednesday, June 17th @ 4:00 pm

Where: Big Sky Community Library @ Ophir School

We invite your child to visit the library this summer and to participate in ‘09 Summer Reading Program! This first program is intended for children K-5th grade and will be every Wednesday at 4:00. Join us!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Meadows, India The Moonstone Fairy
Amazing Animals
Hegeman, The Animal Kingdom and teacher’s manual
Anderson, Brain Stretchers
Petreshene, Brain Teasers!
Smith, Castles of the World
McMillan, Classroom Starters for Any Occasion
Jones, Creative Quickies
Curwin, Discipline With Dignity
Braus, Discovering Deserts
Adair, Fall into Math and Science
Wells, Famous Friends
McClure, Free and inexpensive Arts and Crafts to Make and Use
Braus, Geology, The Active Earth
Wiebe, Glide into Winter with Math and Science
Harmin, Got To Be Me!
Charles, How To Evaluate Progress in Problem Solving
Atwell, In the Middle: Writing, Reading, and Learning With Adolescents
Johnsen, Independent Study Program
Carroll, Inventors
Braus, Let’s Hear It For Herps!
Meyer, Make It Simpler: A Practical Guide to Problem Solving in Mathematics
Wahl, A Mathematical Mystery Tour: Higher Thinking Math Tasks
Naturescope Discovery Pac: Incredible Insects
Katz, Naturewatch: Exploring Nature with your Children
Kennedy, North American Indian Design coloring book
Sterling, Oceans
Hegeman, Our Community
Lewis, Pegasus: Providing Enrichment for the Gifted
Fiarotta, Pin it, Tack it, Hang it
Rickman, Plains Indians Coloring Book
Wiebe, Primarily Bears, Grades K-6
Project AIMS Grades 5-9 series
Altmann, Ready-to-use Literature Activities for Grades 7-12
Seabury, Ready-to-use Science Activities for the elementary classroom
Hertz, Schoolhouse Planning
Butzow, Science Through Children’s Lit.
Sports Illustrated for Kids
Wiebe, Spring Into Math and Science
Meiser, The Story Box
Raines, Story Stretchers for the Primary Grades
Madsen, The Teacher’s Book of Lists
Hegeman, Understanding Communities Teacher’s Manual: Social Studies Themes
Smith, Using Poetry to Teach Reading and Language Arts
Hillen, Water Precious Water
Smith, What Color is Newton’s Apple? Inquiry Science
Wild About Weather
Gee, Entertaining & Educating Young Children
Feingold, The Feingold Cookbook for Hyperactive Children
Faber, How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
Schultz, I Can Read About the Octopus
McGovern, If you Grew Up With Abraham Lincoln
Amery, Lots More Farmyard Tales
Smalin, Loving Your Child Is Not Enough: Positive Discipline That Works
Anderson, The Rumble Seat Pony
Dodd, Schnitzel von Krumm’s Basketwork
Ames, Your Five-Year Old: Sunny and Serene. . Nine Year Old, Six Year Old. . Seven Year Old. . .etc.
Lionni, Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse
Avi, The Barn
DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie
Seuss, The Cat in the Hat; Dr. Seuss’s ABC
Stevenson, A Child’s Garden of Verses
Kaufman, Christopher Columbus
Bridwell, Clifford the Big Red Dog
Burby, A Day in the Life of a Professional Golfer
Daly, Dinosaurs; Giants of the Past
Loneon The Eyes of Gray Wolf
Dixon, A Figure in Hiding
Lobel, Frog and Toad Together
Kline, Horrible Harry’s Secret
The Diagram Group, How To Hold A Crocodile
Goble, Iktomi and the Buffalo Skull: A Plains Indian Story
George, Julie’s Wolf Pack
Leppard, Mandie and the Charleston Phantom
Barron, The Merlin Effect
Kirk, Miss Spider’s ABC
Grant, The Multiage Handbook
Mysteries & Marvels of Nature
Sharmat, Nate the Great
Blume The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo
Gralla, Online Kids: a Young Surfer’s Guide to Cyberspace
DeRico, The Rainbow Goblins
Ranger Rick
Lewin The Storytellers
Byears, Tornado
Williams, Wter Project
Babcock, Webster’s Third New International Dictionary of the English Language
Leaf, Wee Gillis
New Moon: the Magazine for Girls and their Dreams
Spider: the Magazine for Children
Brown, Arthur’s Valentine
Koichi, Christopher Columbus
Amery, First 100 Words in French
Holm, Babymluse, Queen of the World!
Crane, The Red Badge of Courage
Graves, Benjamin: Man of Ideas
Hayman, The Death of Lincoln: A Picture History of the Assassination
Keller, Little Giant Book of Knock-Knocks
DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux
Parish, Amelia Bedelia
Greene, Astronauts
Naden, Cycle Chase: The Championship Season
Gridley, Indian Tribes of America
Broekel, Jet Planes
Ahistrom, The Polar Bear
Fradin, Skylab
White, Stuart Little
Fradin, The Voyager Space Probes
Girard, Who is a Stranger, and What Should I Do?
National Geographic Kids
Anheuser-Busch Companies, Family Talk About Drinking
Lavoie, How Difficult Can This Be? Understanding Learning Disabilities
Communicore Visual Communications, Making Your Home Safe for Children
Promising Practices in K-12 Videoconferencing
New Moon
Ranger Rick
Spider: the Magazine for Children
Owens, The Chicago Bulls Basketball Team
Losee, Doc: Then and Now With a Montana Physician
Silverman, Big Pumpkin
Koss, The Girls
DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread
The Usborne Book of Discovery: Inventors, Scientists, Explorers
Sachar, Holes
Levin, Magic Johnson, Court Magician
Deegan, Michael Jordan: Basketball’s Soaring Star
Pansini, Great Riddles, Giggles & Jokes
Nentl, The Grizzly
Erickson, Hank the Cowdog: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
Hermes, Heads, I Win
Cleary, Henry and the Clubhouse
Cleary, Henry and the Paper Route
Cleary, Henry Huggins
Bellairs, The House With a Clock In It’s Walls
Rockwell, How to Fight a Girl
Estes, The Hundred Dresses
Banks, The Indian in the Cupboard
Dwiggins, Jimmy Fox and the Flying Falcon
De Jong, Journey from Peppermint Street
Vitali, Karate Kicking
Little, Kate
Day, Landslide
De Jong, The Last Little Cat
Baum, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
Joseph, The Listening Silence
Gipson, Little Arliss
Penguin Home Video, Medicine
Cleary, Otis Spofford
Fairfield, Peoples and Nations of the Far East and Pacific: A Short History of Each Country in the Far East, Australasia, and
Sloane, Pereplexing Lateral Thinking Puzzles
Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking
Banks, Remember My Name
Boston, The River at Green Knowe
Conley, The Runaway Camper
Anderson, Safe at Home!
Enright, The Saturdays
Clark, Secret of the Andes
Bulla, Shoeshine Girl
Bendell, Space Earth and Atmosphere
Burns, Spaghetti and Meatballs for All!: A Mathematical Story
Cox, Spinechillers
Boston, A Stranger at Green Knowe
Lenski, Strawberry Girl
George, The Summer of the Falcon
Locke, The Summer the Spies Moved In
Poole, Tales of the Spooky-Natural and Vampire Jokes
Boston, Treasure of Green Knowe
Untermeyer, A Treasury of Great Poems, English and American, With Lives of the Poets and Historical Settings
Roxbee-Cox, Who Storle the Black Diamond? : Follow the Clues to Unravel the Mystery
Byrnes, Wilderness America
Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
Christopher, The Winning Stroke
Brittain, The Wish Giver – Three Tales of Coven Tree
Boyd, Fairy Crafts: 23 Enchanting Toys, Gifts, Costumes, and Party Decorations
Penguin Home Video, Anatomy and Genetics
Oliver, Agent Arthur’s Arctic Adventure
Hicks, Alvin Fernald, TV Anchorman
Lowry, Attaboy, Sam!
Green, The Badger
Nentl, The Beaver, Lawson, Ben and Me
Buck, The Big Wave
Green, The Bison
Ahlstrom, The Black Bear
Byars, The Cartoonist
Boston, The Children of Green Know
Dolby, Chocolate Island
DeAngeli, Copper-toed Boots
Hamilton, Cousins
Ahlstrom, The Coyote
George, The Cry of the Crow: A Novel
Cleary, Dear Mr. Henshaw
Ahlstrom, The Elk
Boston, An Enemy at Green Knowe
Dahl, The Enormous Crocodile
Baker, Explorers of North America
Ahlstrom, The Foxes
Wigginton, Foxfire 2: Ghost Stories, Spring Wild Plant Foods, Spinning and Weaving, Midwifing, Burial Customes, Corn Shuckin’s
Wigginton, Foxfire 3: Animal Care, Banjos and Dulcimers, Hide Tanning, Summer and Fall Wild Plant Foods, Butter Churns,
Konigsburg, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwieler
Cox, Ghost Train to Nowhere
Fitzgerald, The Great Brain
Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Ahlstrom, The Pronghorn
Spider: The Magazine for Children
Dessen, The Truth About Forever
Ahlstrom, The Whitetail
Rosenbloom, The Little Giant Book of Riddles
Canadian Wildlife Federation, Ranger Rick
Olmsted, Fielding’s Lewis and Clark Trail
New Moon: The Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams
Jacobsen, Japan
Ranger Rick
Canadian Wildlife Federation, Ranger Rick
Spider: the Magazine for Children
Taylor, Everything You Need to Know About Alcohol
Kessler, Kick, Pass, and Run
Bonsalll, Tell Me Some More
Lerner, Understanding AIDS
Adler, Cam Jansen and the Summer Camp Mysteries: A Super Special
Clements, The Last Holiday Concert
Myracle, L8r, G8r
Mazier, E, My Name is Emily
Hilton, Good-bye Mr. Chips
Hiaasen, Hoot
National Geographic Kids
Lavender, Land of Giants: The Drive to the Pacific Northwest, 1750-1950
Norton, The Borrowers Afloat
Miller, Death Comes to Dinner
Leppard, Mandie and the Charleston Phantom
Leppard, Mandie and the Cherokee Legend
Leppard, Mandie and the Forbidden Attic
Leppard, Mandie and the Hidden Treasure
Leppard, Mandie and the Medicine Man
Leppard, Mandie and the Mysterious Bells

Sunday, May 10, 2009


The first ever Ophir and Lone Peak High School athletic pep rally!

When: Tuesday, May 19th at 5:00 PM

Where: Big Sky Community Library at Ophir

Please come and show your support!

Sunday, May 3, 2009


The Big Sky Community Library will be closed Sunday, May 24th and Monday, May 25th for Memorial Day. See you next Monday for our regular story time!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

TV/Screen Free!

Turn off the TV, and turn on life!
April 27th-May 3rd, 2009, is National TV-Turnoff Week
Plan to join us in the library for family-friendly screen-free activities during TV Free Week! We'll have lots of ideas available for activities your family can enjoy together, during this one week of the year to see what it's like to be TV and screen-free!

And, if TV-free is already part of your lifestyle, there's a product I recently discovered which you might appreciate... It's the "TV B Gone" universal TV remote! Annoyed by loud TVs in restaurants, airport lounges or bars? Tired of trying to converse with your children while their eyes are locked on the boob tube? Buy yourself this handy, keychain-sized device, and you can turn off televisions anywhere, any time! (Order now, operators are standing by...)
Here's the link, if you want one:

Sunday, April 5, 2009

New books at the library!

Heart and Soul By Maeve Binchy

After spending a year establishing and successfully running the local clinic, Doctor Clara Casey is hesitant to walk away from her rewarding position.

Handle With Care By Jodi Piccoult

When Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe learn about their daughter's illness, they wonder if they should have known about it sooner and begin to question what constitutes the value of even the most fragile life.

Corsair By Clive Cussler

When the U.S. secretary of state's plane crashes en route to a summit meeting in Libya, the CIA hires pirate Juan Cabrillo and his crew to look for her, and when the crew of the "Oregon" discovers plans that are connected to centuries-old Islamic scrolls, they are thrown into a crucial naval battle against terrorists.

The Gift of Years By Joan Chittister

Examines various dimensions of aging and offers encouragement for people who struggle with the challenges of growing older, arguing that the surprises, potentials, and joys of aging need to be faced with a positive outlook

One Day at a Time By Danielle Steel

Coco Barrington, the daughter of a best-selling author and sister of a top Hollywood producer, takes a job dog sitting for a friend, and when she arrives at the house meets Leslie Baxter, an actor who is staying at the home and with whom she feels an immediate attraction, but the pressures of celebrity and the changes going on with her family threaten to tear the two apart.

This Republic of Suffering By Drew Gilpin Faust

Explores the material, political, intellectual, and spiritual impact of the enormous loss of life resulting from the Civil War in America, and looks at how military personnel and civilians dealt with the carnage on both practical and spiritual levels.

A Mad Desire To Dance By: Elie Wiesel

Doriel Waldman, a European Jew living in New York City, seeks out a psychoanalyst to help him deal with the ghosts of his past and the secrets of his parents, resistance fighters and survivors of World War II who died in an accident after the war.

Stolen Innocence By: Elissa Wall

Elissa Wall discusses her life growing up as a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, the trials she endured after the polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs forced her to marry her cousin at the age of fourteen, events that led to her leaving the church, and her decision to testify against Jeffs when he was brought to trial on charges of arranging marriages between adult male followers and underage girls.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Where: Big Sky Community Library at Ophir School, Big Sky Montana

When: Thursday, March 12th at 7:00 p.m.

Ever wonder how Yellowstone deals with huge visitor numbers and a changing ecosystem? Jim Evanoff, Sustainability Coordinator for the park, will discuss the many ways climate change is impact Yellowstone’s natural systems, and the innovative and proactive approach the park is taking to reduce its carbon footprint.

This program is free and open to the public!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Frances Stewart!

Frances Stewart

from KIDSING is coming to the

When: Monday, February 23rd at 10:30 am

What: Special story hour with Frances Stewart

Where: Big Sky Community Library

Please join us for snacks and a very exciting musical story-time!

Monday, February 2, 2009

New Storytime Hours!

Mondays at 10:30 am

Lap-sit Storytime for children under 3 years old

Mondays at 3:30 pm

Preschool Storytime for children 3-5 years old

Please join us for books, songs, crafts and snacks!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Big Sky Institute programs for February at the Library

Mountains & Minds: Talk

02/12/2009 - 7:00 pm
Climate Change in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

A fascinating look at the changing ecosystem around us, presented by Professor Cathy Whitlock. With more than 20 years of research in Yellowstone, Dr. Whitlock will share insights and ask questions about how climate change is effecting the plants and animals around us.
02/26/2009 - 7:00 pm
Costs of Climate Change Inaction: A Regional Perspective

This discussion on the effects of climate change on the regions business and economy brings together Ray Rasker, Executive Director of Headwaters Economics, and Laura Ziemer, Director of Montana Water Project for Trout Unlimited. A not-to-be-missed event for business owners, local residents, and visitors.

The talks will take place at the Big Sky Community Library. These events are part of a series sponsored by the Big Sky Institute, National Parks Conservation Association, and Big Sky Chamber of Commerce. For more information, 406-993-9355 or

New Audio Books!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: A Novel By Jeff Kinney

Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.

When You are Engulfed in Flames By David Sedaris

A collection of essays in which David Sedaris reflects on some of the more humorous and memorable events of his life.

Divine Justice By David Baldacci

Former CIA assassin Oliver Stone, having assassinated the two men who were responsible for the death of his wife and being hunted by friends and enemies, finds himself embroiled in the secrets of a small Virginia mining town and falling for a widow.

The Pillars of the Earth By Ken Follett

The ambitious prior of Kingsbridge, England, dreams of building the greatest Gothic cathedral in the world, and the struggle to construct it leads to a battle between good and evil in twelfth century England.

Water for Elephants By Sara Gruen

Ninety-year-old Jacob Jankowski finds himself haunted by memories of his past in the circus and the freaks, exotic animals, and other people he encountered as a performer.

A Most Wanted Man: A Novel By John Le Carre’

In Hamburg, Annabel, a civil rights lawyer, works to prevent Issa, a Muslim who is in Germany for mysterious purposes, from being deported, but in doing so she risks her own career and personal safety, and when Tommy Brue, a sixty-year-old British private banker, gets involved, German Intelligence takes an active interest.

The Twilight Series By Stephenie Meyer

When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.

Nights in Rodanthe By Nicholas Sparks

Two people on the mend from broken marriages go to Rodanthe, North Carolina to figure out a way to start over again. When a storm starts moving in, they turn to each for safety and comfort and find feelings strong enough to last a lifetime.

Brisingr By Christopher Paolini

Eragon tries to uphold the oath he made to save Katrina from King Galbatorix, while being pulled in different directions by the needs of the Varden, elves, and dwarves--all of whom need his help and strength to overcome the tyranny of the king.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Winnie-the Pooh Party!

Come join in the fun as we celebrate the creator of Pooh, A.A. Milne’s Birthday.
When: Monday, January 19th at 10:30 am
Where: Ophir/Big Sky Comm. Library
What: Pooh readings, activities, games, treats, and even a Pooh Movie!

Bring your own Pooh Bear to join the fun!