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Posted on: March 17, 2017

[ARCHIVED] April @ Your Library

March 17, 2017 (Helena, MT)—April is National Poetry Month as well as National Letter Writing Month, and you can celebrate them both with fabulous events at Your Lewis & Clark Library!


Teen Events in April

ACE the ACT: ACT Study Group: April 5, 12 from 4-5 pm in the Large Meeting Room

ACT STUDY GROUP at Lewis & Clark Library The ACT study group is for students in high school who wish to get a jump on this standardized test. We’ll meet on four consecutive Wednesdays in March and April, with two optional study sessions in the weeks prior to the ACT test’s administration for juniors in the Helena School District on April 19. This study group is free for teen participants. We will use library resources, free online tools, and access the official Peterson’s ACT Prep Guide using Lewis & Clark Library’s Education and Test Prep database. Participants should bring writing materials, a calculator, and/or a laptop computer. (We will have a small number of computers for participants to use). We’ll discuss test strategies, complete sample questions, and experience a full practice test! This is a unique and free opportunity for high school students to gear up for the ACT in a supportive environment. Please register by calling 447-1690 or visiting the Information Desk.

POETRY ON FIRE! April 27, 7 pm, Large meeting room

Poets in grades 6-12 are invited to bring three original poems less than three minutes in length and compete in this supportive competition. Poets should arrive and register between 6:30 and 6:50; event starts at 7 pm. Don't want to perform your poetry? Be a judge! Judges are selected from the audience. For more information, please call 447-1690 x 132.

April 2017 Children’s Library Events


Books & Babies  

For babies, toddlers, & their grownups. Join us for songs, rhymes, finger plays, stories, and play time! We will focus on the five early literacy practices:

Play, Sing, Read, Talk & Write. Large Meeting Room. 

Mondays at 10:30 am & 1:30 pm. Tuesdays at 10:30 am.

Preschool Story Time

Geared for preschool age, this 30 minute program will emphasize early literacy skills for caregivers and their children. We will focus on the five early literacy practices: Play, Sing, Read, Talk & Write. Come and join the early literacy fun!

Wed. & Thurs. mornings 10:30 - 11 am on the Story Steps.

LEGO Club for Grades K-5

Monday, April 10, 3-4 pm in the Large Meeting Room.

For kids, grades K-5. Create a cool creature, a robot, your dream house, or anything you imagine out of the library’s collection of LEGOs! Build on your own, or build together. Drop-in event.

Minecraft Club for kids in Grades 2-5

Saturday, April 22, 3-4 pm. In the Computer Lab.

Build with your friends and show off your skills! Registration Required.

Read, Scribble, Draw and Snack

Monday, April 24, 3-4 pm in the Large Meeting Room.

For grades K-5. The name of this event says it all. A casual opportunity to read and talk books, get crafty, color and draw, and enjoy snacks. Bring a book or browse the books on hand. Craft supplies and snacks provided.

Story Time Yoga for Preschoolers

Friday, April 28, 10:30 am in the Large Meeting Room

Geared for preschool age, this 30 minute program will offer safe, simple and fun yoga poses through stories. Yoga enhances children’s ability to concentrate and it works out those wiggles! This is a parent and child event. Please bring a large bath towel or yoga mat with you and wear comfortable clothes. Registration Required.

Events for Adults 


Celebrate National Card and Letter Writing Month!

Start Sunday, April 2 from 1-3 PM

Large Meeting Room at the Lewis & Clark Library

Come to the Library and take part in an old-time tradition that’s full of charm and meaning. A letter or card sent through the mail provides a special and personal way to connect with others, and is a tangible testament to how much the recipient means to you. At the Library you’ll receive a Correspondence Kit with cards, stamps and miscellaneous accoutrements for personalizing your cards.

We’ll finish on Sunday, April 30 from 1-3 PM and share the cards and letters received! Light refreshments will be provided. Call 447-1690 to sign up.

Queen City Writers Round Table

Thursday, April 6 from 7-8 PM in the Small Meeting Room at the Lewis & Clark Library

Open to the public. This writing “round table” will explore different aspects of writing and then provide you time to practice what you’ve learned with a writing exercise during the hour. Sharing is welcome but not mandatory. This is not a critique group. In April we’ll explore World Building-in “real life” or imaginary.

Lewis & Clark Library Ukulele Jam Sessions with the Helena Ukulele Club

Monday, April 24 from­ 6-8 PM in the Large Meeting Room at the Lewis & Clark Library

Everyone 12 years in age or older is welcome to participate in this FREE program. Music is provided, however, ukuleles are not. So beg, borrow, or purchase one before the program. We hope to see you then!

Game Night

Tuesday, April 25 from 6-8 PM

Large Meeting Room at the Lewis & Clark Library

Open to all ages! Drop in anytime between 6-8 PM on the fourth Tuesday of the month. We have a LOT of board games! You are welcome to bring your own, too.

Book Groups

Great Books Group, 7 PM, Mezzanine Meeting Room. April 5: Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

Premier Book Group, 7 PM, Mezzanine Meeting Room. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett


Books & Brews, 5:30 PM, Red Atlas Coffee Shop, 400 Euclid Ave. April 17: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


Daytimers Book Group: 3 PM, Mezzanine Meeting Room. April 20: Elephant Company by Vicki Constantine Croke

Mystery Book Group, 7 PM, Large Meeting Room. April 26: The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R King

Computer Classes

ABCs (Absolute Beginners Computing)

Tuesday-Friday, April 11-14 from 10-11:30 AM

Repeated May 2-5 from 10-11:30 AM

Computer Lab at the Lewis & Clark Library

In this fun, hands-on course you will learn all the basic computer skills including using the mouse and keyboard, working in Microsoft Windows, using Microsoft Word, using the Internet and more. Seating is limited; please call 447-1690 to register.

Open Lab

April 15 (Third Saturday of the month) from 10 AM-12 PM

Computer Lab at the Lewis & Clark Library

In Open Lab we can help you on the Library desktop or Library-owned laptops. We can help with email, Facebook, Internet, Word etc. Patrons can bring their own laptops and follow along what staff are doing on the Library computer. Call 447-1690 to sign up for a 20 minute slot.

Device Advice

Get one on one help with your tablet or phone or Kindle/e-reader. Call 447-1690 or email and we’ll get you in touch with a staff member who can assist you with your device.

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