Join us for “Local Literary Culture.”

Published on 02/20/24

We’ll be hosting Humanities Montana’s “Montana Reads, Montana Writes” presenter Tami Haaland on Monday, February 26th in the Library’s community room at 6 pm.

The program, called “Local Literary Culture,” will explore the challenges of building and sustaining writing groups and literary programs.” Haaland, a Professor of English at MSU Billings and Montana’s Poet Laureate from 2013 to 2015, told us to tell attendees to bring a sample of their work, and questions about writing, revision, and inspiration.

More about our presenter…. Picture of Tami Haaland

Winter Writers Series starts Friday, February 16th.

Published on 02/12/24

Please join us as we embark on our first Winter Writers Series! Kicking off the series on February 16th at 6 p.m. in the Library’s Heckathorn Community Room is Montana’s 10th Poet Laureate, Mark Gibbons.

Gibbons’ program, “Place Poetry: My Montana State of Mind” is one of Humanities Montana’s “Montana Reads, Montana Writes” programs. In it, Gibbons shares his and others’ poetry to enliven a discussion about place, poetry, and living in Montana.

Want to know more about this series? Check it out on our Winter Writers Series page. You’ll find links there to all the writers coming to the Library through April. Programs are sponsored by Humanities Montana and the Whitefish Library Association.

Picture of Mark Gibbons

Lentil Underground: join us virtually!

Published on 02/01/24

Whitefish Community Library continues to host virtual programs from the Montana Library Network in 2024. Virtual programs are available to view on Zoom; participants join neighbors from throughout Montana.

Our second virtual offering is Thursday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m., and highlights the story of Montana’s organic agriculture movement and the pulse crop revolution from one of the farmers at the center of the story: David Oien, Founding Farmer of Timeless Seeds in Ulm. Moderating the conversation will be Liz Carlisle, author of the books Lentil Underground, Grain by Grain (with Bob Quinn), and Healing Grounds.

Register at LENTIL UNDERGROUND. Bookcover image of Lentil Underground

Yep, we’re here! Library is open regular hours

Published on 01/17/24

Hello! We’re shoveling out the steps from the parking lot and thinking about what fun it will be to be open tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 18) after a blizzard!

Library staff are coming from in-town only, so we’ll be safe and ready to help you at 10 a.m. as usual.

Note that a glacier is alive and well on the south sidewalk of the Library building where pedestrians access the main entrance from the parking lot steps. We have done a lot of chopping on it and sanded it and put a big cone on it. Our recommendation is that you use the sidewalk ramp by the bench to access the main entrance.

south sidewalk whitefish library

A Taste of Indigenous Foods – A Cooking Demo with Mariah Gladstone

Published on 12/20/23

Whitefish Community Library continues to host virtual programs from the Montana Library Network in 2024. Virtual programs are available to view on Zoom; participants join viewers from throughout the state.

First up is A Taste of Indigenous Foods on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at 6:30 p.m., featuring Mariah Gladstone, developer of Indigikitchen, an online cooking platform with the intent to revitalize and re-imagine Native foods.

The program is a practical one, with Mariah demonstrating one of her original recipes, and showcasing other indigenous foods that can easily be used in your own kitchen.

To find out more about Mariah Gladstone and Indigikitchen, and to register for A Taste of Indigenous Foods, go to WCL’s Events page.

Pictured: Mariah Gladstone of Indigikitchen. Mariah Gladstone picture

A Whole New World in the Children’s Area

Published on 11/06/23

If you haven’t visited the Children’s section of the Library lately, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Youth Services Librarian Gina Schiff has transformed the once lonely corner into a haven for preschoolers and elementary ages with a play cubby and lots of STEM activities to engage young hands and minds.

An ocean-themed felt board, a sensory wall, and a magnetic whiteboard line the walls of the play cubby, with a Lego table to one side. Colorful tubs of building sets (build your own animal!) share space with the board books and puzzles. And there are still plenty of places to cuddle up and read.

Librarians know that providing opportunities for youngsters to explore, discover, and create leads to a broader knowledge of concepts, vocabulary, and self-confidence that themselves are the basis for learning – including learning to read. So bring on the play!

Child plays with the felt board

Children inventing animals with magnetic blocks

Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat at the Library.

Published on 10/10/23

Our tub for North Valley Food Bank doth not run over. In fact it is so empty that it is shiny! We are just one drop-off site for North Valley Food Bank’s annual Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat campaign. Help us cover the bottom with yummy food for kids! (Please, no sweets or perishable items.) Click HERE for more info on the best foods to donate. Laundry Tub to put donated food in at the Library