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Jun 11, 2020: KALICO Brings Community Art to Kalispell

June 10, 2020: ImagineIF Libraries resume public computer use

May 13, 2020: ImagineIF Libraries to reopen with new hours

April 29, 2020: Building a Virtual Library

April 25, 2020: ImagineIF Libraries to provide curbside pickup starting May 4

April 17, 2020: Helping Parents and Kids at Home

March 23, 2020: Youth services librarian’s passion sparks children’s curiosity

February 26, 2020: Fifth Annual ‘Free the Seeds!’ Event Scheduled for March 7

February 22, 2020: Fun with food boils over at ImagineIF competition

February 21, 2020: Inspiring the Emerging Workforce

Feb 13, 2020: ImagineIF hosts Montana wildlife art exhibits


January 12, 2019: ImagineIF Librarian Named ‘Emerging Leader’

February 12, 2019: Upcoming Making Montana Event Taps Into Innovation

February 15, 2019: Meeting of the Maker Minds

May 27, 2019: ImagineIF, Job Service Team up to Help Columbia Falls Teens

July 20, 2019: Teens Learn How to Create Stop-Motion Films

August 12, 2019: Bigfork Library Fundraiser Receives Two Grants

August 14, 2019: Connecting Through Buffalo

September 5, 2019: Kalispell Library Hosts National Project to Promote Conversation, Connection

September 24, 2019: Block Party in Downtown Kalispell to Raise Funds for ImagineIF Libraries


Archived Local News

November 9, 2017: Stories in Ink: ImagineIF Libraries opens new exhibit about Flathead residents and their tattoos

November 7, 2017: Second Floor Remodel Complete at ImagineIF Library

May 5, 2017: Columbia Falls Library Grows as Community Hub and Educational Center

May 2, 2017: ImagineIF Columbia Falls Launches Seed Library

May 3, 2017: Seed Library a big hit in Columbia Falls


We’re so proud of ImagineIF’s own Tony Edmundson and these Flathead Valley residents for receiving awards presented by the Montana Library Association!

The award for Outstanding Support Staff of the Year was given to Tony Edmundson, Branch Manager of ImagineIF Columbia Falls.  In his letter of nomination, Sean Anderson, Senior Librarian at ImagineIF, noted, “Tony has deeply connected to the community.  With Tony’s coaching, staff have reached an unforeseen level of engagement and innovation, and it has transformed the library’s relationship with the community.”  O’Brien Byrd said, “I couldn’t be more proud of Tony and ImagineIF Columbia Falls.  I’m even more proud of our community’s embrace of all this change.  We have Tony to thank for the strength of that embrace.”



The award for Montana Library Association Champion was conferred upon Representative Frank Garner, House District 7 Kallispell.  In her letter supporting his nomination, ImagineIF Library Board Trustee Jane Lopp stated, “I have known Representative Garner since he was a student and debater at Flathead High School, and I’ve watched him grow from a Kalispell police officer to being an effective Chief of Police and community leader.  Throughout his life, he has recognized the value of literacy and libraries in the community, especially the positive impact libraries have on children and young adults.”  In her letter supporting his nomination, Montana State Librarian Jennie Stapp declared, “I believe in him we have found a strong and dedicated library friend and champion.”


The award for Special Friend to Libraries Award was conferred uponBruce L. Ennis and Margaret S. Davis.  Kim Crowley, Director ImagineIF Libraries, said in her letter of support, “When I asked her [Maggie] why she and Bruce have supported libraries all of these years, she answered, ‘Libraries offer promise, discovery, ideas, how-to info, entertainment and open doors to all.  With support from their communities, they just keep getting better.’  Dedicated library advocates and supporters for over 40 years, calling Maggie and Bruce a ‘Special Friend to Libraries’ seems like an understatement.  They deeply understand and appreciate the vital role a library plays in a community and their dedication enhanced libraries in cities and towns across Montana.”

A message from ImagineIF Libraries Director,kim-diverse-voices-display-webNovember 17, 2016In light of current national and local events concerning equality and open access to resources for all people, the Library Leadership Team has had several conversations about ImagineIF Library’s role as a community leader in the conversation about equality and access to services. We feel it is our responsibility to serve as a safe haven for all people to escape the threats of racial bias, gender bias and socio-economic bias, which have grown considerably over the last several months.I like to say that the library is the most democratic of institutions. (Democratic: favoring or characterized by social equality; egalitarian.) We are open to everyone and we welcome everyone. And part of that charge comes from the Library Bill of Rights, which is included in our library board approved policies. It includes treating all persons equally, and working with groups and organizations that support equality for all people regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender or sexual identity.The Library Leadership Team is working hard to ensure that all of our actions, including our collection management policy and procedures, encompass our responsibility to represent diverse perspectives and topics and to treat each person with dignity.Below please find a copy of the Library Bill of Rights, and look forward to further conversations on this timely topic. We will be exploring ways to partner with community groups to become a place of dialogue around these crucial issues.Library Bill of Rights
The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.Adopted June 19, 1939, by the ALA Council; amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967; January 23, 1980; inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996.Kim Crowley

Read American Library Association President Julie Todaro’s statement on Libraries, the Association, Diversity and Inclusion HERE.

July 14, KPAX: Players of Pokemon GO are Seen Around the Flathead Valley
March 24, Daily Inter Lake: Beyond Books
February 25, Flathead Beacon: I make, therefore I am
January 11, Flathead Beacon: With help of new program, Montana’s children get ‘Ready 2 Read’
January 6, KAJ: Free program promotes reading for kids in the Flathead
January 4, Flathead Beacon: Kalispell Mini Maker Faire seeking exhibitors

December 15, Flathead Beacon: Marion library re-opens after extensive redesign
December 9, Hungry Horse News: 25th anniversary photos: Stempin, library trying to identify CFAC employees
October 30, Flathead Beacon: A storyteller for all ages
September 30, Hungry Horse News: Columbia Falls library gets a new look
September 22, Flathead Beacon: Celebrate a new look for ImagineIF library in Columbia Falls
September 10, NBC Montana: Columbia Falls library to be remodeled
September 9, Daily Inter Lake: Columbia Falls library getting upgrade
July 15, Daily Inter Lake: Bigfork residents weigh in on new library plans
July 9, Daily Inter Lake: Flash dance: Community mob performs at Thursday!Fest
July 8, Flathead Beacon: Library seeks public input on new Bigfork facility
July 8, NBC Montana: Community input sought on new Bigfork library location
July 7, Daily Inter Lake: Planning begins for new Bigfork library
July 6, Missoulian: Community input needed for new library in Bigfork
June 17, Hungry Horse News: Library thanks
June 2, Flathead Beacon: Summer Experience kicks off
May 28, NBC Montana: ImagineIF Libraries earns national award
May 26, Flathead Beacon: ImagineIF to receive national award
May 25, KPAX: ImagineIF Library in the Flathead receives national award
May 23, Daily Inter Lake: Library gets national award
May 15, KAJ: Volunteers to spruce up Columbia Falls library
April 28, Whitefish Community Radio: Flathead Focus Ep. 14 – April Vomfell, librarian with ImagineIF Libraries
April 23, NBC Montana: Statewide commuter challenge to start in May
April 15, Bigfork Eagle: Sarah Johnson takes on job supporting library
April 15, Daily Inter Lake: Library’s award well-deserved
April 14, Flathead Beacon: ImagineIF Libraries recognized as Montana Library of the Year
April 13, ABC FOX Montana: Flathead libraries win big
April 13, NBC Montana: ImagineIF wins state library award
April 13, KAJ: Kalispell library picks up honor
April 11, Daily Inter Lake: ImagineIF named Montana Library of the Year
April 8, Hungry Horse News: Library groups tangle during local meeting
March 17, Flathead Beacon: Want to be an architect? Try it out at ImagineIF
March 17, Flathead Beacon: ImagineIF Library Foundation welcomes new executive director
March 12, KPAX: Flathead library rebranding effort paying off
March 5, Flathead Beacon: A year later, library rebranding considered a success
February 26, Daily Inter Lake: ImagineIF rebranding pays off for libraries
February 17, Flathead Beacon: Get new movies faster at ImagineIF Columbia Falls
February 10, Flathead Beacon: Blind date night with beer and books
January 27, Flathead Beacon: Art about peace

Media Releases


Archived Media Releases

December 23: Kalispell Mini Maker Faire Seeking Exhibitors
December 8: ImagineIF Marion Reopens December 8
December 4: Explore (well)Being This Winter with ImagineIF Libraries
November 23: Finding Funding for Nonprofits: Two Workshops
November 17: ImagineIF Unveils New Online Catalog
October 7: New Offerings for Children at ImagineIF Columbia Falls
October 2: Storytelling Musician Bill Harley to Perform Kalispell Family Concert
September 8: Celebrate a New Look for ImagineIF Columbia Falls
September 4: ImagineIF to Host Community Celebrations as Library of the Year
September 2: Annual Friends Book Sale Supports ImagineIF Libraries
August 28: It’s Time! At ImagineIF Libraries
August 11: Drink Beer, Support the Library
July 6: Community Input Needed for New Library in Bigfork
July 1: Placemaking Grant Brings Musical Installation to Kalispell
June 22: Your Summer…In Motion
May 28: Summer Experience Kicks Off at ImagineIF Libraries
May 20: ImagineIF to Receive National Library Award
May 15: Stillwater Christian School Art at ImagineIF this Month
May 7: From Homelessness to Hope: Local Man Founds Nonprofit
May 1: Updates Coming to ImagineIF Columbia Falls
April 17: Join the Commuter Challenge in the Flathead
April 15: Kalispell Middle School Art at ImagineIF This Month
April 10: ImagineIF Libraries Recognized as Montana Library of the Year
April 2: Springtime at ImagineIF: Up in the Air
March 10: Want to Be an Architect? Try it Out at ImagineIF
March 5: Sixth Annual Loud at the Library: Raising Funds for ImagineIF
February 26: ImagineIF to Provide Technology Classes in Lakeside
February 20: Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday with ImagineIF Libraries
February 12: Get New Movies Faster at ImagineIF Columbia Falls
February 3: Blind Date Night with Beer and Books
January 21: Art about Peace at ImagineIF Kalispell
January 12: Make Yourself at Home…at the Library

December 8: ImagineIF Libraries to Provide Holds Pickup in Lakeside
November 24: Brighten Up in December with ImagineIF Libraries
November 24: Children’s Author Ben Clanton to Visit ImagineIF Kalispell
November 10: Community Looms Invite Participation at ImagineIF Libraries
November 7: Exhibit at ImagineIF Columbia Falls Spotlights Local Photographer
October 14: Finding Funding for Nonprofits: Two Workshops
September 30: Beer and Libraries: A Delicious Brew
September 5: Annual Friends Book Sale Supports ImagineIF Libraries
September 3: Get Outside the Lines with ImagineIF Libraries
August 19: New Exhibit at ImagineIF Kalispell Spotlights Woods Bay Artist
July 24: Learn a Language Online with ImagineIF Libraries
July 22: Library Board Approves Facilities Master Plan
June 18: Historic Montana Documents Available Online via ImagineIF
May 30: New Art Exhibit at ImagineIF Kalispell
May 29: Pedal Power at ImagineIF Libraries in June
May 28: ImagineIF Summer Experience: Science, Robots, Books and Fun
May 1: Manage Your ImagineIF Library Account via Text
April 24: ImagineIF Libraries Receive Statewide Award
April 21: Help Create a Downtown Oasis at ImagineIF Kalispell
April 18: Local Students’ Artwork on Display at ImagineIF Kalispell
April 4: ImagineIF Brings Chickens into the Library
March 7: Teen Tech Week: Gaming and More at ImagineIF Libraries
March 5: Loud at the Library: Celebrate, Support, Enjoy
February 18: ImagineIF Libraries Offer Streaming Films via IndieFlix
February 14: Kalispell Welcomes Montana’s First Maker Faire
February 12: Fiber Arts for Kids at ImagineIF Libraries
February 4: Books and Babies Now at ImagineIF Columbia Falls
January 30: ImagineIF Libraries Attract Crowds in the First Weeks
January 28: Family Jam: New for Saturdays at ImagineIF Libraries
January 12: ImagineIF Libraries Take Over Flathead County

Media Inquiries

Contact Lune Axelsen at 406.758.2445 or