Libraries galore from Idaho to Alberta

Libraries and Avalanche Zones from Nevada to Alberta. Background photo by mariana Abeid-McDougall shows a stack of books at the Great Falls Library in Montana

Catching up after a break

You may have noticed the distinct lack of posts for the last week and a bit. After finishing my Mind Maps for Freelance Success book, I took a mini vacation of sorts. I didn’t have any articles due this past week, so I turned off the early alarm, slept in, and enjoyed our visits with friends and family (details to follow in the next post). I’m now back at work until we return home, at which point I’ll be taking a break from freelancing, most unfortunately. But there’s a time for everything, I guess.


Avalanche Zones & Library Fun from Nevada to Montana. Background photo by Mariana Abeid-McDougall shows the Twin Falls library book stacks, desks to the right, and a high arched window in the back.

Anyway, figured I’d update everyone on what’s happened since the last post about Yosemite and our disappointing decision not to travel through British Columbia. I’m a bit tired and I’ve got lots to catch up on, so I hope it’s not disappointing that I’m not making too much of an effort to make this post a good creative nonfiction read. You can go back through some of the older posts about the trip for better reads, if you haven’t done so yet. Here’s a bit of what’s happened since Yosemite.

Nevada to Idaho

Driving through Nevada wasn’t my idea of fun, but we made it through the giant piles of snow to Idaho and then to Alberta. Before leaving Idaho, we stopped at Craters of the Moon National Park.

Much like 10 years ago when Dan wanted to see the beautiful colour of Peyto Lake and found a frozen lake instead, the interesting features of Craters of the Moon were covered by snow and not visible. But the visitor center was open, and we were able to learn a bit about the area and how volcanic activity shaped its landscape.


Craters of the Moon National Park Visitor Center Entrance. A pine tree with an American flag in front, and a huge pile of snow.


Crates of the Moon National Park, a tree buried in snow and snow all the way up to the roof of a nearby building.


After a short visit at the national park, we headed to Twin Falls, Idaho, where we stopped in at the library so I could get some work done. The windows, floors, furniture, and details in this library were all a treat for the eyes. There were areas for community building and areas for quiet study, and a great children’s section where the kids had a tonne of fun and K-girl read a pile of books as usual.


Twin Falls Public Library. Bookshelves to the left, desks to the right, and high arched windows in the middle.

A 9-year-old girl, a 6-year-old boy, and a 4-year-old girl sit around a table in a library. Several books are on the table, and library shelves can be seen behind them.


Twin Falls Public Library entrance, sculpture of books and a commemorative plaque.


Twin Falls Public Library Childrens Area


After Idaho we headed to Butte, Montana, where we visited yet another library, I got tonnes of work done (finished the very tedious process of formatting my book for Smashwords), and the kiddos had a great time playing in the children’s area.

A unique feature of this library is the art gallery on the third floor. The coolest part of that? The children’s librarian’s art was currently being showcased, and it looks like she’s a MultiTalented person as well. Not only does she do a great job as a librarian, her art is eclectic, and she dabbles in various mediums. Her artwork was very beautiful and interesting, and I’m glad I took a little break from work to go see it.


Butte Childrens Library entrance. A mural of Van Goghs Starry night is painted on the wall.


Three children stand in front of a toy sailboat at the Chidlrens Library, Butte Public Library



A girl reads a book inside a toy sailboat at the childrens library, Butte Public Library

Butte Public Library Childrens Library


Our last stop in Montana was Great Falls, where we went to what else? Another library. I’m really thankful for the opportunity we have to visit all these wonderful knowledge centers, community hubs, and where we get to see a bit of the communities we visit. I’m also thankful that my children are always excited to go to a library wherever we are. 


A 4-year-old girl plays with a train in the childrens area of Great Falls Public Library


We finally made it to Alberta, where we visited some friends, had a nice lunch at a Tim Hortons (after not visiting one for 5 months while we toured the US), got together with family, and got to see yet more libraries. I’ll tell you all about that portion of the trip in the next post, so stay tuned!

What’s your favourite thing about the library?

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