It's a busy day Tuesday, September 20, at the North Valley Public Library.

Besides handling all the media in the building, the library will have a community blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and then an author's talk at 6 p.m.

The Red Cross will be at the Stevensville library's community room to draw blood, which is always in short supply throughout the nation.

Officials estimate that giving blood takes about an hour - mandatory pre-check questions and exam, the donation and then some recovery time. Make sure you drink plenty of water before coming to the blood drive. And you can register online at the Red Cross Blood website or call Sarah at 327-2042. The library will not be doing any advance registration.

Frederick Swanson, author of two books about area forestry, will be speaking at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. He has written "The Bitterroot and Mr. Brandborg: Clearcutting and the Struggle for Sustainable Forestry in the Northern Rockies," which won the 2010 Wallace Stegner Prize in Environmental and American Western History. He also wrote "The Bitterroot and Where Roads Will Never Reach: Wilderness and Its Visionaries in the Northern Rockies."

According to Daniel Ray of the library, Swanson will be talking about early forest ranger Charles McDonald, Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Guy Brandborg and other environmental issues. Bring copies of his books and Swanson will have a book signing after his presentation.