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Bozeman Library brings One Book One Bozeman virtually

Posted at 6:42 PM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 20:42:28-05

BOZEMAN — Due to the pandemic, a lot of activities and events have been canceled. But the Bozeman Public Library refused to cancel an annual event and instead thought of ways to safely make it happen.

“So, One Book One Bozeman is a community read program that we put on every year. This year we are doing virtual programs only,” explained Carmen Clark with the library.

This year’s book is The Night Watchman. Every year, a committee selects one book for the community to read together then they host events throughout the month relating to that book.

“This year we decided to highlight a Native American author and Louise Erdrich floated to the top because we thought to represent a diverse author at this point would be a great fit,” she said.

So of course this year’s event will feature a lot of indigenous cultures.

“We have two humanities Montana speakers. One is talking about Native American literature in a more general term. We have a mother and daughter artist team that are both local, and the mother will present a beading workshop like Native American beading,” Clark said.

It’s important for the library to still offer an opportunity for the community to connect especially right now.

“That’s one way of making a connection in the community and with the community even though we’re all separated at the moment. But you can still be part of this community,” she explained.

Some of the library’s services are limited, but a lot are still offered. The first step in utilizing those services is getting a library card, which is still available.

The events start on February 2, so the time to start reading is now. For more information, visit here.