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TOM BAUER, Missoulian

Find out if your grandmother’s favorite piece of jewelry is a treasure or a tchotchke when you attend the seventh annual Friends of the Library Appraisal Fair, which occurs on Sunday, March 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the library's Large Meeting Room.

During the event, you’ll be able find out the history, authenticity and value of your treasured objects thanks to the expertise of appraisers from across Montana, who will be on hand to evaluate your family treasures and heirlooms, or any object that you own and happen to be curious about. Appraisals are $10 for each object, or $15 for two.

The appraisers include Lochlan Gordon, who specializes in clocks, documents, and antique firearms; Allen Rodgers, who specializes in jewelry and art; Andrea Merrill-Maker, who specializes in books; and Steve Briggs, who specializes in gold and gemstone jewelry, as well as coins.

North Indian-style classical music performance next week

Explore the sounds of Northern India when the library hosts a free upcoming performance of Northern Indian-style classical music on Wednesday, March 28, at 10:30 a.m. in the library’s Large Meeting Room.

Devan Kartha and Soma Arens, a father and son duo from Missoula, will perform three 40-minute sets of music starting at 10:30 a.m. using instruments including the tabla drums, sitar, sarod, bansuri and the violin.

Staff Reviews

“Remarkable Books: The World’s Most Beautiful and Historic Works” by Michael Collins, Lead Contributor (DK Publishing, 2017) Call Number: NEW BOOKS 002.09 COLLINS

From the rich drawings found in the Byzantine medical classic “Vienna Dioscorides,” to the beloved children’s adventure “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter, “Remarkable Books: The World’s Most Beautiful and Historic Works” highlights more than 80 of the world’s most notable and influential written works.

Publisher Dorling Kindersley strikes the right balance with their signature format of words and images to make this book enriching and visually stunning. The introduction briefly traces the fascinating development of books from handwritten scrolls and codices to those printed with movable type to the explosion of mass-market publishing, and the impact all this had on various cultures.

Arranged chronologically, each entry describes the title’s historical significance, with insets about the author and other interesting details. Reproductions of original texts and illustrations add to the book’s uniqueness. Treat yourself to this extraordinary story: you will gain an even greater appreciation for the powerful printed word.

Missoula Reads categories this title fits into: Any non-fiction

Reviewed by MPL Staff

Big Sky Branch Events 

Make It and Take It Crafts

Thursday, March 22, at 2:30 p.m.

Come make unique crafts and gifts at the Big Sky Branch during the program “Make It and Take It Crafts.” Registration is not required. For more information, call the branch at 406-728-2400, Ext. 8605.

Book Madness continues

Sixty-four book titles face off from genres like sci-fi, mystery, horror, fantasy and more. Be sure to vote for your favorites each week and be entered to win prizes. Visit to vote.

Upcoming MakerSpace classes:

Zentangle Drawing Workshop

Wednesday, March 28, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Learn the process of Zentangle drawing during this class. Supplies are provided. This class is open to those aged 18 years and older. Space is limited to 6 participants, and online registration is required. Register online at:

Weekly MakerSpace Offerings:

Open Hours

Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m.; Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m.; Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. 

Open Hours allows visitors to explore the resources of the MakerSpace, or to work on a project of their choice.

Computer Electronics

Mondays and Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m.

Do you have an interest in the Arduino microcontroller or the Linux operating system? Come in and try out this platform during the drop-in program Computer Electronics.

Community Creative Writing Workshop

Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Open, drop-in environment focusing on the creative writing workshop process.

Watercolor Painting Class

Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room

This class is open to adults ages 18 and older. Participants should bring their own watercolor paper, paints, brushes and a palette.  

Computer Classes:

Email Basics

Monday, March 19, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Learn the basics of creating an email account including writing a message, adding attachments, as well as sending and receiving messages. Must have experience using a mouse and keyboard, or have taken the Computer Fundamentals class.


Thursday, March 22, from noon to 1 p.m.

Become familiar with the social networking site Facebook. Learn how to set up an account and how to use basic features. This class is for those who don’t have an account or are new to Facebook.

Registration is required to attend MPL’s computer classes. Please call 406-721-BOOK (2665) to register.

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