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Big Sky Reads

The Montana Center for the Book supports public book clubs in rural areas that engage in deeper, thought-provoking discussions about literature.

We provide $500 stipends to book clubs for trained discussion leaders, author visits, book shipping, marketing, and other costs that enhance the humanities value of a program. (We do not cover costs for wine, refreshments, venues, or organization staff.) Book clubs must be open to the public and meet in a public space or school.

All book clubs supported by Montana Center for the Book contribute reading lists, discussion questions, event times and more to our Facebook group. This is a great resource to find new books, new participants, discussion questions, and facilitators.

If your library, school, or other organization has an established book club you think qualifies, you can apply for this award any time. We fund up to ten clubs each year. There’s no deadline and the application is easy!

Current book clubs supported by Big Sky Reads:

  • Wedsworth Memorial Library Book Club meets October 15 and November 5, 2018 and February 11, March 11, April 8, and May 13, 2019 at the Wedsworth Memorial Library at 5 p.m. The theme this cycle is “strong women” with discussion led by Dr. Penny Hughes-Briant, a professor of English education at the University of Great Falls and book club leader since 2002.
  • The Sorry I’m Late Book Club meets at The Preston Hot Springs Town/County Library Thursdays at 2 p.m. This is a new book club and welcomes new participants. Contact the library for details on book selections.
  • Free People Reading Freely meets the third Monday of each month in the Blaine County Library's public meeting room. This book club will read the top ten most challenged books in 2017. Discussion is moderated by Dr. Donna Miller, a trained discussion leader, former high school English teacher for 26 years, and a college professor with a PhD in English Education.
  • I'll Read Anything! meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at various locations in Dillon. Contact the Dillon Public Library for location details.
  • Alpine Artisans' Open Book Club in Seeley Lake meets Saturday evenings, monthly September through June.
  • River City Readers in Glendive meets the third Monday night of each month January through April and September through November.
  • Winter Reading Series at Havre-Hill County Library in Havre is open to the public with events on January 24, February 7, February 21 and March 7.