Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State Street, Hamilton, opened in 1916 at its present site, on land donated by Marcus Daly’s widow and with $9,000 from Andrew Carnegie. Outside tables and benches beckon you to sit in the shade and listen to the running water.They offer preschool story time, computer classes, ebooks for download, and online tutoring from HomeworkMT, a statewide program with live tutors available from  2-11pm.  Add in Lego Club, Socrates Cafe, Brown-Bag book discussions, ongoing special information groups, and you have a library serving the town. You’ll find a calendar of their events here.

Darby Community Public Library, located at 101 Marshall, is a wonderful example of a community-supported library. Housed in a new log building which was recognized with a National Fire Plan Award from the Department of Agriculture, it demonstrates how small-diameter wood can be used for major structural elements. It also demonstrates what great results a small community can achieve through volunteer effort. It offers computers, high-speed internet access, eBooks, HomeworkMT, and a fly-tying station. Not to mention a fireplace with comfortable chairs for reading. Access its calendar.

The North Valley Public Library, 208 Main Street, Stevensville, opened in1904 in the Town Hall, funded by the Reading Room Society. In 2004, by vote of the citizens. it became the first independent library district in the State. Plans are now underway to renovate another building and combine it with a new community building. They offer Kids Create Storytime, MusicMakers, ebooks for download, and online tutoring from HomeworkMT. They also offer art exhibit space and take part in First Friday.


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