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TOM BAUER, Missoulian

Come celebrate the life and work of author and illustrator Dr. Seuss when the library’s Children’s Department hosts a Dr. Seuss Birthday Party on Sunday, March 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. This year, volunteers from the University of Montana's Campus Compact will facilitate this annual celebration with a fun-filled afternoon of stories, games, snacks, and merriment. For further information, call the Children’s Department at 406-721-BOOK (2665).

World Wide Cinema

Enjoy a gripping drama from Europe when the library hosts this month’s installment of its World Wide Cinema film series, with a screening of the film “Glory” at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 9, in the library's Large Meeting Room.

The film — which is from Bulgaria and Greece — follows the story of a good deed and a missing watch that morally entangles the lives of a honest railroad worker and a workaholic publicist, who is determined to distract public attention from a bureaucratic corruption scandal.

Appraisal Fair coming up

Patrons have the opportunity to discover the history, authenticity, and value of their treasured objects while also supporting library programming when they attend the upcoming 7th 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.

Expert appraisers from across Montana will be on hand to evaluate your family treasures, or any object that you own and happen to be curious about. Appraisals are $10 for each object, or $15 for two. For more details, visit:

Staff Reviews

“A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale” by Liz Braswell (Disney Enterprises, Inc. 2016) EBook: BRASWELL and Downloadable Audio: BRASWELL

I’m going to let you in on a little secret, in case you didn’t already know: Young Adult Fiction is some of the best fiction out there. Many popular new movies have recently been made from Young Adult books, such as “Ready, Player One,” “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent,” just to name a few. In that vein, “I offer you A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale,” is a reimaging of the beloved Disney movie “Aladdin.” Reading through the pages, the story will initially be very familiar to you, if a little darker. Then comes the twist: what if Aladdin had never gotten the lamp? What would happen to Agrabah in the iron grip of Jafar, with the unbridled power of the genie at his command? Notably absent from the cast of characters is Jafar’s parrot, Iago. If you’re brave enough to ask why, read the book and discover the chilling answer.

Missoula Reads categories this title fits into: Retelling of a fairy tale; Science fiction or fantasy; Written for someone younger than you

Reviewed by Laura Cote

Upcoming MakerSpace classes:

3D Printing 101 Workshop

Wednesday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m.

Come and learn about how to use MPL’s 3D printers during this workshop. Topics covered include how to set up prints, where to find 3D objects online to print, and resources available for 3D modeling.

Introduction to Electronics and Microcontrollers

Saturday, March 24, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Please note: This class has been rescheduled from March 10 to March 24. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Join us for a hands-on introduction to the Arduino programmable circuit board. By the end of this hands-on workshop you will have the skills you need to understand basic circuits, to connect various electronics components, and to write the software required to make everything work together. No electronics background is required, and we will provide everything you need.

This class is open to those aged 18 years and older. Space is limited to six 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.

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:

Computer Fundamentals

Monday, March 5, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Learn about the various components of a computer, managing your desktop, and how to open programs. No experience necessary.

Windows 10

Thursday, March 8, from noon to 1 p.m.

Explore the Windows 10 operating system. Topics include basic orientation, managing files, configuring systems, and navigating the internet with the Microsoft Edge browser.

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

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