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Summer Reading Starts June 11

The Darby Library begins its summer of fun and educational events starting with the Sign-Up, Ice Cream Party, and University of Montana Spectrum Activity to kick off the Summer Reading Program on Tuesday, June 11, at 12 PM.  There will be Lunch in the Park, adjacent to the Library, at 11:30, which is free for kids age 18 and younger.

Following that, there will be kids’ activities every Tuesday at noon through August 20, including several UM Spectrum mobile science program activities, galaxy T Shirts, planet jewelry, moon dough, a planetarium field trip and pizza in the park on July 23, art in the park, rocket building and moon and stars mobile.

If you can’t make the events on June 11, don’t forget to stop at the Library desk and sign up for the Summer Reading Program (SRP).  You can win prizes for reading.

Click the link to download the SRP 2019 Flyer


THE LIBRARY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS for the Darby School Scholastic Book Fair next Wednesday through Friday, March 13th-15th from 10:30 AM to 12:45 PM. Helpers are also needed after the fair to assist in packing up. The public is invited to the fair on Tuesday from 1:00-7:00 PM where they can purchase books or donate books to classrooms or kids.  The fair is at the Darby Elementary School, Classroom 14. For more information, contact Darby Librarian Stacie Rennaker, 406-821-4771.

Your Library Needs You

LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Darby Community Public Library is a vital community gathering place in the town of Darby. We offer special programs for kids, teens and adults; public access computers and wi-fi, ebooks, audio books, a Montana collection and much more. We’re currently looking for volunteers; library experience appreciated, but not necessary — just a love of libraries and a desire to help the library continue to serve Darby and the surrounding community with books, knowledge, events and more. Pick up a volunteer application at the library today.

Darby Library Goes Solar

The Darby Library has gone solar and is currently generating about sixty percent of its electricity needs from the sun.

Energy efficiency and innovative building techniques were integrated into the design and construction of our Library back in 2004.  The design called for a ground source heat pump,  good insulation and energy efficient windows, along with utilization of locally available materials such as small diameter roundwood for beams and trusses.

The latest innovation for our building is installation of 62 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on the building’s south-facing roof  this past February, which  began producing our electricity  a month later.

Former Library board member Veryl Kosteczko, also a leader of the building project, said the board’s intent was to include solar PV during Library construction, but funds weren’t available at the time.

The board was awarded a grant from Northwestern Energy through the statewide Universal System Benefits Program whereby electric utility customers pay a monthly charge that supports energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.  The system was designed by Dan Brandborg of SBS Solar, a Hamilton company with 30 years of solar experience.  Private donations, including time donated by the engineers, architects, and installers involved with the project also helped.  Library Director Wendy Campbell said the electricity bill savings will allow the library to utilize tax-payer dollars more efficiently. “We outlined the costs of the installation versus the annual savings, and it was an easy decision for the Board,” she stated

The $58,000 system includes sixty-two 325-Watt panels, totaling more than 20kW of installed capacity. SBS estimated it will save the library over $3,000 per year in electrical costs. Because the system is net metered, any extra power it generates flows back to the Northwestern Energy grid and is credited to the Library, to be used during times of low power production.

For educational and monitoring purposes, SBS also installed equipment that tracks, reports and displays the system’s  current and cumulative energy production; the data can be viewed by SBS as well as by Library staff and patrons via a computer monitor.

Stop by the Library to view the consumption monitor and get more information on the system’s technical specifications.




Summer Reading Program Kicks off in June

Patrons have all summer to win big with reading, programs, events, and chances to win prizes by participating in the Darby Library Summer Reading Program, “Build a Better World.”

Every time you read or attend a library event, get your reading card punched. Turn in every completed punch card for a chance to win prizes at your library. Summer Reading Program Sponsors this year are Ford’s Department Store, Evans Ace Hardware, and the Friends of the Darby Library.

Also during June, there will be two Summer Reading Events:  Kindness Rocks, the Summer Reading Children’s Event, will be on Tuesday, June 13th  at 2 PM. Ages 8 through adult are welcome.  On Tuesday, June 27th, from 2 to 3:30 PM, the community is invited to the Darby Trail Walk, a Summer Reading Family Event.  It starts at the Library entrance and totals 3.3 miles.