HELENA – The Lewis and Clark Library is officially kicking off their 150th anniversary celebration today.

Library patrons were treated to a special story time this morning and a Lunch and learn program where historian Ellen Baumler discussed the history of the library over its century and a half of operation.

Community members have also been making valentines cards all this month saying why they love their library. The cards are posted throughout the library and the bookmobile has been turned into a photo booth for the event.

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Library Director John Finn says that this was a great way to kick off the celebration and honor those who make the library a great place to read, enjoy programs and take classes.

Finn added that this was just the beginning of the events they have planned this year.

“We have things going on in April and May but our big birthday bash is going to be Friday June 22nd,” says Finn, “We’re going to utilize the walking mall and the parks all around the library and do a full day of events.”

Here is a full list of the planned events this year for the Lewis and Clark Library’s 150th Anniversary:

  • April 3rd – Lewis & Clark Library Foundation’s “A Writer’s Journey” event celebrating the work of Helena-based science writer Jim Robbins
  • April 17th – Lewis & Clark Library Foundation’s 10th Annual Community Leaders Community Leaders Poetry Reading
  • April 18th – Lewis & Clark Library’s Teen Poetry on Fire event.
  • April 8th-15th – National Library Week, including Fine Amnesty
  • June 22nd – 150th Birthday Bash! Event includes the Montana Ghostbusters, food vendors, music and an outdoor movie
  • June 23rd – Cowboy Up! Bookmobile Rides Bronc in the Augusta Rodeo Parade!
  • June 30th – Bookmobile Rides Bronc in the Lincoln Rodeo Parade!
  • July 14th – Bookmobile Rides Bronc in the East Helena Rodeo Parade!
  • August 9th – Director’s Cut – Take II Outdoor Movie at Sunset
  • September 5th – A visit from best-selling graphic novelist and New Yorker magazine cartoonist Roz Chast
  • November 16th – The Turkey Challenge

For more information about the history of the Lewis and Clark Library visit this previous story