A look at a Friends of the Library meeting. PHOTO COURTESY BSCL

Back in business

The Big Sky Community Library opens up once again for a busy summer season

Our local library is back in business. The Big Sky Community Library is now fully operational once again, thanks to the funding received from the Big Sky Resort Area District. The Big Sky Community Library received over $87,000 of funding from the BSRAD overall resort tax fund, according to BSRAD awards. This will allow the library to pay employees’ salaries and operate as normal once again. The library will now be open four days a week from now until the end of the summer. With that, they have an incredible lineup going forward throughout the summer.

The Big Sky Community Library is continuing forward with their Friends of The Library program this summer. The Friends of the Big Sky Community Library (FOL) is an active group of community members who are instrumental in maintaining the basic operations of the library. The FOL was formed in February of 2000 and has been the major fundraising source since the very beginning of the library(according to a BSCL press release).

The Friends of the Library meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. to prepare books for the shelves, organize materials, and help maintain the shelves. The Library is always looking for people to stop in and help out. The next opportunity to do so is on Wednesday, July 21. The library is also looking for community members to help shelve books during open hours. The library is open Monday through Thursday and will be excited to have anyone who comes out.

The Big Sky Community Library plans to feature multiple events throughout the summer. The first of which is the “Tails and Tales” program. This program is built to get young kids to read 20 minutes a day. The program also includes fun games and puzzles as well. This reading program is intended for children in kindergarten through fourth grade. “Tail and Tales” will continue to meet every Tuesday at 4 p.m. until July 27 at the Big Sky Community Library.

The library will also continue to feature their storytime program for the rest of the summer. This program takes place every Monday at 10:30 a.m.. These storytimes include age appropriate readings for young children, either toddlers or preschoolers. This is a unique way of helping children interact with young kids their age. The program also includes a number of different learning tools for children to play with in their local library.

There are also a few exciting visitors to the library as well. Including Art with Maestra Julia on July 20 and a visit from the Montana Outdoor Science School on July 27.

Director of the Big Sky Community Library Danielle Kabisch is thrilled to have the funding from the Resort Tax once again. She knows the library has come such a long way since its humble beginnings as she recalls,“Thirty years ago, Kathy House, our beloved former director, started the library at Ophir School in what was essentially a closet with one bin of picture books and a couple shelves with books for older children.  After a lot of hard work, help from our volunteers (the Friends of the LIbrary), our community and most importantly, funding from the Resort Tax... we have a thriving Community Library with many resources available.  Resort tax is instrumental in maintaining the basic operations of the library,” Kabisch said. 

If you are interested in supporting the Big Sky Community Library or staying up to date on your local library news, visit https://bigskylibrary.com/.


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