MLN Virtual Programming Series


MLN Virtual Programming Series

The Montana Library Network is sponsoring a virtual programming series for 2022 that anyone is welcome to attend. Public libraries in particular are encouraged to share and publicize these events with their communities. All events are virtual, through Zoom. The goals of this Virtual Program Series are to:

  • Provide high-quality and interesting topics and information to Montanans all around the/ state
  • Provide opportunities for public libraries to become familiar with publicizing and participating in virtual program offerings for their communities, especially since virtual programming is now part of the Montana Public Library Standards
  • Provide opportunities for Montanans to connect with others around the state on topics of interest

Please see at the MLN Virtual Programming Policy for more details on selection criteria, process, and more.

Please check back on this page for updates as new events are added through September 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Amelea Kim at

This programming series is funded with American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).



Last Updated: 9/19/22

2022 Events

Montana's Poet Laureate, Mark Gibbons on April 20th, 2022 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

  • Event Description: Poet laureate Mark Gibbons is a lifelong resident of the state who began writing poetry in high school, married young, and has worked a variety of jobs to remain in Montana. His presentations will explore the power of poetry, how it reveals through personal experience and human emotion what it’s like to be a human being, and how it helps us recognize that all of us have more in common than we think. By sharing his and others’ poems, he will discuss his love of poetry, and his belief that it not only matters but is an essential tool for developing empathy and understanding. Poetry is social glue. Every person is a poet whether they know it or not. Everyone thinks, imagines, feels, dreams. Poetry shows us that on paper and in song.
  • Presenter Bio: Mark Gibbons is the author of nine books and two chapbooks of poetry, most recently In the Weeds and mostly cloudy. He’s edited two poetry collections for Drumlummon Institute and is the current editor of the Montana Poets Series for FootHills Publishing. For four decades, Gibbons has taught poetry to a variety of citizens in Montana from one-room schools to colleges to the Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs. He lives in Missoula with his wife and continues to teach with the Missoula Writing Collaborative.

A Cooking Demonstration with Mariah Gladstone, Indigikitchen on May 20th, 2022 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

  • Event Description: Mariah’s cooking demonstration will include a history of Indigenous food systems, as well as the relationship between cultural identity, health, and native plants. She'll discuss the current Indigenous food movement and how the ingredients native to this continent can be incorporated into today's meal planning and preparation.
  • Presenter Bio: Mariah Gladstone, Piikuni (Blackfeet) and Tsalagi (Cherokee), grew up in Northwest Montana on and near the Blackfeet Reservation. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Environmental Engineering and returned home where she began her work on food advocacy. She developed Indigikitchen, an online cooking platform, to revitalize and re-imagine Native foods. Mariah was named a "Champion for Change" by the Center for Native American Youth and is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader and a MIT Solve Indigenous Communities Fellow. In 2021, she completed her graduate degree at SUNY-ESF in the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, appeared on the Today Show for their Thanksgiving Episode, and was named a Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellow by the First Nations Development Institute.

Montana Ties to the Titanic with Zoe Ann Stoltz from the Montana Historical Society on August 22nd, 2022, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm

  • Event Description: Have you heard the stories of Montana’s connections to the sinking of the Titanic? Not only were there over a dozen Titanic passengers who listed Montana as their destination, there were also numerous personal and professional Montana connections. The aspirations and make up of these individuals—miners, emigrants, carpenters, homesteaders, dishwashers, and millionaires—represent the social and economic make up of 1912 Montana. Their stories range from tragic to inspiring.
  • Presenter Bio: Zoe Ann Stoltz is the Reference Historian for Montana Historical Society Research Center. After growing up in eastern Montana and raising three daughters in the northwestern corner of the state, Zoe Ann pursued her dream of becoming a Public Historian. To this end, she graduated from Mount Holyoke College in MA, and earned her Master’s in History from the University of Montana. As Reference Historian for the Montana Historical Society, Zoe Ann’s career combines her two passions, the people and history of Montana! Her current projects include studies of Montana Foodways, and Montana Livestock Brand Records.

"The Day That Finally Came" with Chris La Tray, Métis Storyteller, on October 25 2022, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

  • Event Description: The Montana-based Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians became the 574th Indian tribe to be recognized by the United States government in December, 2019, after over 150 years of trying. Headquartered in Great Falls with more than 6,000 enrolled members, the Little Shell Tribe is connected to all area Anishinaabe tribes, including the Chippewa, Cree, and Assiniboine people, and, particularly, the Métis, or mixed-race. La Tray relates stories to reveal the larger reality behind the “Little Shell” name, including how conflict with the US government led to the fracture and spreading out of what were once tight, family-based bands, their members often finding refuge on other reservations and marrying into other Montana tribes, like the Blackfeet and Salish people. The program helps people better understand who the Little Shell are, and their part in the history of North America.
  • Presenter Bio: Chris La Tray is a Métis storyteller, a descendent of the Pembina Band of the mighty Red River of the North and an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. His third book, Becoming Little Shell, will be published by Milkweed Editions in 2023. His first book, One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays from the World at Large won the 2018 Montana Book Award and a 2019 High Plains Book Award. His book of haiku and haibun poetry, Descended from a Travel-worn Satchel, was published in 2021 by Foothills Publishing. Chris writes the weekly newsletter "An Irritable Métis" on Substack and lives near Missoula, Montana.
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Fibershed Montana - Topic TBD in Spring 2023

  • Event Description: Coming Soon
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Foraging for Mushrooms in Montana with Dr. Cathy Cripps from MSU on April 20th, 2023, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

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