Big Sky Community Library

January Update

Welcome to 2023!

I don't know how you feel, but there is something hopeful and exciting about a new year for me. I wonder if it started with school, the school year ends and a new year begins with new teachers, new information and skills to learn, and the chance to start fresh. Each year builds on the previous years, but is still has its own potential and hope attached.

In 2023, the library has some great new programming coming (more complete descriptions are outlined in different sections below). We are going to have our first library book club meeting in January. We are also working on collecting an oral history of Big Sky. We will be starting with a Dirtbag History. We are excited to establish a Storybook Trail in Big Sky. We are also going to start talking about a library district to ensure the future of the library in Big Sky.

We will also continue many programs like storytime, the summer reading program, One Book Big Sky, Page to Screen movies, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, Big Sky Besties, and adult reading challenges.

We are still working on programming ideas for the teens in our midst. If you have any ideas, please send them our way! In fact, we want to hear from you and love hearing your ideas for anything the library can do - including books we should get. We are here to serve Big Sky and value your thoughts and feedback.

Bring on 2023 and all of the amazing, unexpected, and brilliant opportunities and possibilities it will bring! I am so happy to be in Big Sky with all of you!


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“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” - Lewis Carroll

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January Events

Library Closure Dates

We have a few dates that we are closed in January. We won't have storytime these dates either.

Thank you!

January 2nd

January 16th

January 27th-30th

Coming to the library in January

  • Dr. Nevada Reed - January 17th
  • January Book Club - January 23rd

Dr. Nevada Reed's final discussion

In collaboration with WIA, Dr. Nevada Reed will conduct her final presentation about neurological development and concerns for teens. Her first two discussions were very helpful. Even if you don't have teens, come learn about how our brains develop and how to support the teens in our lives.


Tuesday, January 17th

6:30 pm

In the library

January Book Club

Join us for our first book club evening!

We have multiple copies of 'Lessons in Chemistry' in the library and there is an ebook and an audiobook on Sora.

There are limited spots available for our first book club evening. Please click here to sign up for one of those spots. Please keep in mind that each month is a new slate. If you would like to come to another month but can't come this month, that is possible. Each month we will put the new sign up information in the newsletter so you can see what the book is and sign up if you would like. If you come to the meeting in January, you will still need to sign up for any future book club evenings you would like to attend.

January's meeting

Monday, January 23rd

6:00 pm

In the library

See you there!

Dirtbag History Conversation

We are going to start our Dirtbag History conversations this month. Big Sky had a rich history and we want to capture and archive what we can so that there will be a place to learn more about it moving forward. We are starting with Dirtbag History, but hope to do more series over time.

We will be hosting conversations between dirtbags of different eras and are hoping to start with dirtbags from the 70s and 80s. It will be an informal conversation between multiple people with us throwing in some questions to get more information or clarify as we go. We will keep the recordings in the library for people to access if they want to learn more about the history of Big Sky.

If you are a dirtbag and have any interest in sharing your stories while reminiscing with other dirtbags, please email and share your contact info with us. If you are not a dirtbag, but have a friend who is and you think they would like to be involved, please send us their contact info and we will reach out to them.


Storybook Trail opening in Big Sky

We are excited to announce that we will have a Storybook Trail in Big Sky this summer!

Library board member, Liz McFadden, was visiting family in Massachusetts where she went on one with her kids. She got back to Big Sky and knew it was something that would be great here. What better than combining the outdoors we all love with reading?

In partnership with BSCO and with support from the Moonlight Community Foundation, we will have another activity catered toward younger children in Big Sky.

Stay tuned for updates!

If you would like to get involved, please email


We are moving storytime back to BASE on Friday, January 6th. (No storytime on Monday, January 2nd)

Please join us on Mondays and Fridays at 10:30 am in BASE (no BASE pass required).

See you there!

Big Sky Besties

Think of this as an adopted family program. We provide an opportunity for retired folks (possibly grandparents) to spend time with some of Big Sky's younger kids (grandchildren) at the library on Fridays at 3:00 pm.

We have games, puzzles, building activities, crafts, and books that you can do together.

Parents and guardians of younger children who want to meet some of the retired folks in Big Sky while doing different activities in the library should come!

Retired folks who miss spending time with younger children and want to read or build things or play games them should come to the library!

See you Fridays at 3:00 pm.


Winter Reading Challenge or Year-Round Reading Challenge?

Join the library for seasonal reading challenges (winter, summer, fall) or the year-round challenge that incorporates the seasonal challenges but includes a few more.

Winter Reading Challenge: January 1st - April 17th

Read 5 of the books from the descriptions below to be entered into a drawing.

Year-Round Reading Challenge: January 1st - December 31st

Read books that fit the descriptions outlined below. You do not have to read them in the outlined season - that is meant to help plan only.

Join the challenge you prefer on Beanstack (instructions to set up your Beanstack account included below).

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Additional Information

Join Beanstack!

In order to participate in our Reading Challenges, the Summer Reading Program (kids can link their school Beanstack account with this library), and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, you need to set up a Beanstack account.

Sora, not OverDrive

If you have been using OverDrive this whole time and just noticed that it stopped working, you need to switch to Sora. After launching their first app - OverDrive - the company started making adjustments based on feedback from both librarians and library patrons. That feedback led to Libby (a public library version of OverDrive) and Sora (a school library version of OverDrive). Because of our close tie to the school, we went with Sora. If you have a Bozeman library card, you can also download Libby and find MontanaLibrary2Go and add it.

You will use the same username and password that you used with OverDrive. If you don't remember what it is, please reach out and we will help you. We have some great ebooks and audiobooks on Sora, so check it out!

New Books

Big Sky's Favorite Books of 2022

Get ready to vote in March Madness! Here is the list of most checked out books from the library. How many have you read and which were your favorites?
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