Monday, April 22, 2024

View from the Library: Closure planned March 22-25

by Abbi Dooley/North Lake County Library Director
| March 21, 2024 12:00 AM

So much has been happening the past few months for the North Lake County Library, and we are so excited to be reopened in our newly renovated space. We are still putting the finishing touches on the building, which includes one last semi-major project inside that will be noisy and dusty, so it will require us to close the library March 22-25.

We will keep The Joyful Cup coffee shop outside window open Friday and Monday for beverages and holds pickup. Staff will be in the building Friday and Monday to collect returned items as well from the outside book drop.

We already had a training day planned for Friday, March 29, so the library and coffee shop will be closed that day and Saturday, March 30, for the Easter weekend. We do not have any planned closure dates in April and plan to celebrate National Library Week April 7-13.

We are working on our programming schedule for adult and family programs. While we are planning in-person programs, we continue to offer virtual programs in partnership with the Montana State Library. The MLN Virtual Programming Series presents Rockhounding with Neil Maier of the Hellgate Mineral Society via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. April 10; register at

Kids programs continue with Mother Goose on Mondays at 9:15 a.m. and Story Time on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Page Turner’s Youth Book Club is reading “The Wild Robot” by Peter Brown this month. They will meet March 27 at 3:30 p.m. for a book discussion.

In the month since we’ve opened, we have created 163 new library cards. I think that’s a record for us.  Our library cards are free and available to any Montana resident, including seasonal residents who are here for 30 days or longer during the year. Just bring in your current government-issued photo or school ID and proof of your Montana residency (14 and younger must also bring a parent or legal guardian), and you’ll walk out with a fresh, new library card and access to endless education and entertainment.  

Our regular hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The Joyful Cup is open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

The Library Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26.

Curbside pickup is available for everyone during open hours. Please call us at 883-8225 or email us at with questions. Visit our website at for more info.