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Polson, MT 59860
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Open House for Retiring Trustee    Jackie Gran

The public is invited to an Open House in appreciation of retiring library trustee Jackie Gran and her twelve years of service.  The reception will be held in the library's atrium from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 24th.  Thanks in part to Jackie's vision, leadership, and consensus-building skills, the North Lake County Public Library District became a reality during her tenure, among many other accomplishments.

NLCPL on your Mobile Device

Download the BookMyne app for your Apple iOS and Android devices to access North Lake County Public Library on-the-go.

National Library Week

Food for Fines

The library is offering its traditional "Food for Fines" during National Library Week, April 14-19.

Patrons with overdue items or fines on their cards are encouraged to bring one item of canned or packaged food to the circulation desk for each book/CD/DVD, etc. that is late.  Fines will be waived.  Forgiveness of fines does not include lost or damaged items.

All food contributions will be donated to the Polson Loaves and Fish Food Pantry.

Please call the circulation desk for further information.

ELSA Award 2014

The Montana State Library Commission has awarded the 2014 Excellent Library Service Award (ELSA) to North Lake County Public Library.

The ELSA recognizes libraries for achieving excellence in community outreach, information access, policies, planning and evaluation, fiscal management, collection development, continuing education for trustees and staff, and board accomplishments.

Only 46 libraries statewide received this award in 2014.

Fizz, Boom, READ!

Watch for details about our annual Family Summer Reading Program coming soon.  This year's theme is "Fizz, Boom, READ!"

Five New Book Nooks Added

Five new “Book Nooks” have been placed throughout the Polson community. 

Thanks in part to the Greater Polson Community Foundation, the library’s Book Nooks are now an established sight around town.  A 2012 grant made it possible to place them Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, the Tribal Health Clinic, Beacon Tire, and the Wash N Go.

Now, because of an additional GPCF grant in 2013, five new nooks are now in place, at Les Schwab Tires, the Mission Valley Aquatic Center, Polson Bay Laundry, Community Bank, and a second location at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center.

Each Book Nook consists of a comfortable hardwood rocking chair and an eye-catching bookshelf filled with lightly used books for all ages. Attached signs urge users to “Take Time to Read,” and explain that readers may enjoy the books for the moment – or take them home to keep.  Library staff member Jery Walker restocks the shelves weekly.

The grants have provided exceptional outreach opportunities.  Book Nooks not only spread literacy, but also attract library non-users, encourage families to read together, provide public awareness about the benefit of libraries, and offer a great use for the many used books that come into the library.


Library Impact Videos

The Montana State Library and North Lake County Public Library are pleased to announce the release of a series of three videos that highlight the impact libraries have on the lives of Montanans. The videos feature Montana library users and Montana librarians from around the state, including Polson’s library director and technology trainer (top link).

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

These videos were completed as part of the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP), a federally funded (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) project administered by the Montana State Library. Matching support for BTOP is provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Montana State Library, and some participating public libraries. Funding for the videos was provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.






Board Meeting:

The next meeting of the North Lake County Public Library Board of Trustees will be Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. in the library meeting room.

Teen Book Club

Join the new Teen Book Club!  The group meets Tuesdays from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. in the library meeting room.  All middle school and high school students are welcome, and refreshments will be served.  The schedule is as follows:

Jan 9: Informational Meeting
Jan 14: Percy Jackson
Jan 21: Mortal Instruments
Jan 28: Superhumans*
Feb 4: Chronicles of Nick
Feb 11: Vampire Academy*
Feb 18: Beautiful Creatures
Feb 25: Anatomy of Villians
Mar 4: Artemis Foul
Mar 11: The Hunger Games
Mar 18: Divergent*
Mar 25: Vampire’s Assistant
April 1: Girl’s Choice
April 8: I Am Number Four
April 15: The Hobbit*
April 22: Harry Potter*
April 29: Boy’s Choice
May 6: Comic Book Heroes
May 13: Twilight

                  *Denotes special activities and events

Children's Programming

Mother Goose Time will be offered throughout the summer. This special half-hour program is intended for babies and toddlers ages 0-3 and their caregivers. Two sessions will be presented each Monday the library is open at 10:15 am and again at 12:30 pm. 

Story Time, for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers, will resume in the fall.  In the meantime, watch for details about our Family Summer Reading Program!

For more information about these free public programs, please call the library at 406-883-8225 or stop by the circulation desk. 

Music CD Collection


North Lake County Public Library now has a collection of music CDs for checkout.  At present, selections include classics and popular oldies, but more are being added.  Others are available to library cardholders through Polson’s partner libraries.  Donations of CDs in good condition are always welcome, particularly newer titles. 

The checkout period for music CDs is 14 days.


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