Mountain Brook Community Library
 

For the last seven years, the Mountain Brook Homestead Foundation's efforts have revolved around the creation of the Mountain Brook Community Library as a community educational center located on campus in the old gym building. 

Our commitment to maintain the Mountain Brook Campus as a place of community, education, and history has led us to explore many different avenues to fulfill that pledge. 

Below you will find information for how the library operates and what kind of programs and events have been held on campus.

How it Works

The library is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm.  Volunteers serve as librarians. 
 
Checking out material from the library is free.  All we ask for is a current address and phone number so we can contact our patrons if a book or movie is overdue.
 
If an item is lost or damaged while in your possession, we ask that you either replace the item or provide a sufficient donation for us to acquire a new one.    
 
There are no late fees for checking out material from the library.  Our only concern is that the items are returned in a timely manner so they can be enjoyed by others.
 
We have a handy drop box out in front of the building if you have items to return when we are not open.
 

Resources

   Books

Thanks to generous doners and the efforts of many volunteers, today the community library can boast of over 5000 books and 250 VHS/DVDs for all ages. 
 
We also have in our possession 12 original Mountain Brook Scrapbooks ranging from the years 1960 - 1973.  These are not available to be checked out but may be looked at and photocopied at the facility.
 

   Internet Use

The library currently has four computers connected to high speed internet for student research and personal use.  We believe that the Internet is a valuable resource for everyone.  However, we also know it can be abused. 
 
In order to protect those who use our facility, we have put together an Internet Policy and Internet Use Agreement for each of our patrons to read and agree to prior to using the Internet in our building. 
 
We also require a parent/guardian's signature on a permission form for all children 16 years old and under.
 
The librarian reserves the right to at any time terminate a user's time slot on any machine if the librarian sees the privilage is being abused.
 
 
  

Programs

   Stack-a-Books 

Stack-a-Books is a reading program hosted by the library for school children of all ages to turn the time they spend reading into tickets toward a prize of $50 cash. 
 
We understand that the child who reads will do better in school and consequently be able to achieve anything they set their mind to. 
 
The Stack-a-Books program is our way to help motivate children to spend more time in books.  The winner of the drawing is presented with the cash prize and a certificate signed by the foundation's current president at one of the library's fundraisers.
 
 

   Wednesday Reading and Craft Night

During the summer months we have a weekly reading and craft night at the library.  School aged children are invited to come listen to a few stories and then spend an hour making small crafts.   Parents are invited to join in the fun as well!
 
Check the Calendar for dates and times for this event.
 

Informative Talks*

Over the last few years the library has hosted a number of talks offered free to the public on a wide variety of subjects.  Recent talks have included:
  • Early Flathead Valley History:  The early history of the Flathead valley including the Native Americans, Glacier National Park, and the days of steamboats on Flathead Lake.
  • Living in Bear Country:  A review of tips and guidelines for living in an area with bears.
  • Bee keeping 101:  An informative talk for beginners interested in entering into the world of bee keeping.
  • Foothill Timber Sales:  DNRC talk about Trust Lands and the Foothill Timber Sales project.

Classes*

The library provides free and registered classes for the community thanks to the donation of time from many talented volunteers.  Past classes have included:
  • Learning to Knit:  Beginners are provided with needles, yarn, and several evenings of instructions working on a project
  • Introduction to Digital Photography:  Knowing your camera, taking images, image correction and art manipulation using Adobe Photoshop
  • Watercolor:  Intermediate artists bring their supplies for a chance to learn hands-on with a local artist 

Events*

  • Pumpkin Carving Night:  A new event where participants bring their pumpkin to carve at the library.  Dinner and dessert is served afterwards.  Pictures of artists and their creations posted at the library through Halloween.  Click here to see pictures from 2008.
  • Children's Christmas Craft Day:  Children become elves for one day at the library and make dozens of crafts for family and friends.  A favorite yearly event.

 

*This year's agenda is still being scheduled.  Be sure to check the Calendar for updated information.
 
Have something you would like to give a talk on?  A special hobby or profession you could share about?  Maybe a class you can teach?  We would love to hear from you!  Please send us an email with your ideas and we'll talk!
 
 
  Grand Opening
August 2nd, 2002

Library News

  • WE NOW HAVE WI-FI We are very excited to announce that the Mountain Brook Community Library has gone wireless.  Come into the library anytime Monday, Wednesday, or Thursdays from 5pm - 8pm with your own ...
    Posted Jul 7, 2011, 3:12 PM by Amanda Wunderlich
  • Children's Summer Reading Program Begins - June 22nd Volunteer and co-program director Debie Raiman invites school-age children and parents to join her at the library throughout the summer for reading and crafts. They will meet on ...
    Posted Jun 22, 2011, 12:22 PM by Amanda Wunderlich
  • 2010 Winter Stack-a-Books Winner The Mountain Brook Community Library would like to congratulate our newest Stack-a-Books winner, Linea Benson.  Her ticket was drawn at our Spring Pie and Ice Cream Social.  Linea ...
    Posted Jun 17, 2011, 8:48 AM by Amanda Wunderlich
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