Missoula Public Library

Missoula Public Library

MPL celebrates aging and active living during Active Aging Week, a weeklong campaign initiated by the International Council on Active Aging that aims to promote wellness activities and exercise in a safe and supportive environment for actively aging adults.

From Sunday through the end of the week, the library has planned a plethora of Active Aging Week events and activities for patrons to enjoy. One such activity includes a financial fitness movie and discussion with Jordan Lyon of Missoula Aging Services, which is scheduled 1-2:45 p.m. Monday in MPL’s Large Meeting Room. Registration for this class is suggested, but drop-ins are welcome.

Other events include classes on art, as well as instructional courses on how to use MPL’s telescope and 3D printer, along with workshops on Tai Chi, healthy eating, and memoir writing. All classes are free and open to the public.

To access a complete list of classes offered during Active Aging Week, visit tinyurl.com/mplactiveaging.

MPL to offer course on QuickBooks

Do you own a business and want to become familiar with the popular accounting software QuickBooks? If so, MPL will be offering the course “Quickbooks Beginning to Intermediate,” which is scheduled on 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19 with an hour break for lunch in MPL’s Large Meeting Room.

The course will be taught by Jamie Ballas of Anderson Zurmuehlen Certified Public Accountants & Business Advisors, and will be presented in a lecture format. It will also include free manuals for attendees. Space is limited for this class and online registration is required.

Visit tinyurl.com/mplquickbooks1 to register.

We Have It: Staff Reviews

“The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places on Earth” by Eric Weiner (Twelve 2008). Call number 910.4 WEINER

Eric Weiner bills himself as a “grump,” but I don’t believe it. Fact: as an NPR correspondent, he went to places where war, famine, and other human ailments reigned. He felt grumpy. Fact: he decided to then see what would happen if he were to visit so-called “happy” places. Would he become happy? The definition of happiness is, of course, a moving target, and Weiner (pronounced “whiner,” which he says he does all the time) adjusts the definition as he moves from the Netherlands, to Bhutan, to Iceland, and elsewhere.

Forays into the World Database of Happiness (yes, it’s real), the Gross National Happiness indicator (yes, it’s real too, but not in the U.S.), the purposes of a Ridiculously Expensive Pen, and Weiner’s bag addiction (“Why can’t you look at porn like other men?” says his wife) make this book an enjoyable armchair adventure into what makes us happy, what doesn’t, and possibly, why. After the beginning, which was a bit slow, I found myself laughing out loud on nearly every page. Now that’s happiness.

Reviewed by Mary Drew Powers

Hot Happenings

Here’s a sampling of some of the great free programs coming up at the Missoula Public Library. Check the full events calendar at missoulapubliclibrary.org.

MakerSpace offerings

Electronics Exploration: 3-6 p.m. Monday. 

Do you have an interest in Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Snap Circuits, or littleBits? Curious what these words mean? Come in and try out these various electronics platforms during the Electronics Exploration time. We hope to have participants from all skill levels – from absolute beginners to electronics enthusiasts –working on projects.

Active Aging Week Classes in the MakerSpace

Make Your Own Geode: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

Snap Circuits: 4-6 p.m. Tuesday. 

Book Crafts: 6-7 p.m. Wednesday. 

Eggbot: 11 a.m.-noon Thursday. 

For more information about all the services and offerings found in MPL’s Makerspace, please visit the MPL MakerSpace page online at missoulapubliclibrary.org/services/makerspace.

Computer classes

Internet Searching: 6-7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. 

This course offers an introduction to the Internet, including getting connected, using a web browser, and navigating web pages. Learn how to find information online using search engines and subject directories. Learn basic Internet safety.

Excel: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

This class offers participants the opportunity to learn the basics of working with spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel 2010. Topics include entering data and formulas, moving and copying data, formatting & print previewing worksheets. Participants should have a general knowledge of using a keyboard and mouse.

Registration is required to attend MPL’s computer classes. Call 721-2665 to secure your spot.

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