ImagineIF Libraries

Friends of the Library

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Friends of ImagineIF Libraries is to work for the benefit, improvement and welfare of ImagineIF Libraries – its collections, its services and its facilities.

Find out how you can get involved by visiting their website at: https://www.imagineiffriends.com/.

Officers

President: Francy McAllister

Vice President: Roxie Lehl

Secretary: Jill Carlberg

Treasurer: Joan Gates

BOOK CLUB

The Friends of ImagineIF Libraries Book Club meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 3:00pm in the meeting room at ImagineIF Kalispell. The book club meets September through May and takes a break in the summer. Join other enthusiasts and discuss the following books each month.

SEPTEMBER

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman 

A novel about a failed bank robbery that turns an apartment viewing into a hostage situation and subsequent investigation into it. An “endlessly entertaining mood booster” is proof that the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness and hope can save us even in the most anxious times.

Sept 13, 3:00 PM

 

OCTOBER

The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson 

An account of Churchill and the daily lives of WWII leadership during the dark days of the German Blitzkreig on London. On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Hitler invaded Holland & Belgium – Poland & Czechoslovakia had already fallen, the Dunkirk evacuation was two weeks away. For the next 12 months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons.

Oct 11, 3:00 PM

 

NOVEMBER

Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis 

In defiance of the brutal military government that took power in Uruguay in the 1970s, and under which homosexuality is a dangerous transgression, 5 women miraculously find one another—and, together, an isolated cape that they claim as their own. A groundbreaking, genre-defining work, Cantoras is a breathtaking portrait of queer love, community, forgotten history.

Nov 8, 3:00 PM

 

DECEMBER

Klara and The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro 

Klara, an advanced and keenly observant Artificial Friend whose sole purpose is to help the child who owns her. Hopeful and haunting at the same time, Klara’s story leads to big questions: What qualities make a person unique? How do we value people & things in our society? What does it mean to love?

Dec 13, 3:00 PM

 

JANUARY

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain 

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts who prefer listening to speaking; innovate & create but dislike self-promotion; favor working on their own rather than teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society.

Jan 10, 3:00 PM

 

FEBRUARY

The Personal Librarian by Maria Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray 

A remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, a Black American woman who was hired to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books and artwork. She hid her true identity and passed as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation.

Feb 14, 3:00 PM

 

MARCH

These Precious Days Anne Patchett 

The beloved New York Times bestselling author reflects on home, family, friendships and writing in this deeply personal collection of essays. At the center of These Precious Days is the title essay, a surprising and moving meditation on an unexpected friendship that explores “what it means to be seen, to find someone with whom you can be your best and most complete self.”

March 14, 3:00 PM

 

APRIL

The Rent Collector by Cameron Wright 

In Cambodia just after the decline of the Khmer Rouge regime, a young couple live in a garage dump. Sounds grim but the message running through the story is one of hope, determination & redemption.

April 11, 3:00 PM

 

MAY

Say Nothing: A True Story Of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden and Matthew Blaney 

Masked intruders dragged Jean McConville, a 38-year-old widow and mother of 10, from her Belfast home in 1972. In this meticulously reported book—as finely paced as a novel—Keefe uses McConville’s murder as a prism to tell the history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

May 9, 3:00 PM

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2022 Book Sale at Kalispell Center Mall

June 10-11

Friday, 10 am-6 pm

Saturday, 10 am-4 pm

Thousands of items will be for sale, with all proceeds benefiting ImagineIF Libraries. Donations are welcome year round! Bring your donations to the log cabin in Lions Park across from Hilton Garden Inn. The cabin has a covered porch where you can place your donations. Please no magazines, text books, or encyclopedias.

The money raised from the sale helps pay for:

  • Homebound Service
  • The ImagineIF newsletter
  • Literacy Volunteers
  • “Book Page,” a monthly magazine
  • Children’s summer programs
  • Downloadable ebooks and audiobooks
  • Loud at the Library (in partnership with the ImagineIF Library Foundation)

Book Donations Guidelines

Due to overwhelming response, the Friends of the Library cannot accept any more donations this year. They have no room to store them.

We appreciate your help in presorting for our book sale. Please keep these guidelines in mind when donating:

  • NO old textbooks
  • NO encyclopedia sets
  • NO hardback fiction without a dust jacket
  • NO magazines
  • Nothing that is torn, damaged, moldy or smells like cigarette smoke.

Thank you for your support.

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