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Delve into 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. Their three performances will occur at 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m, and noon.

Insectarium story time

Parents and kids can get their bug loving fix when the library hosts a special story time with the Missoula Insectarium on Friday, March 30, at 10:30 a.m. in the Dragon Rug Area of the Children's Department. During the event, staff from the Insectarium will present a bug-themed story for the whole family to enjoy. For more information, call the Children's Department at 406-721-BOOK (2665).

Watercolor Painting Class cancelled this week

The Missoula Public Library’s Watercolor Painting Class, which meets at noon on Fridays in the Large Meeting Room, has been canceled for Friday, March 30. The class will resume the following week on Friday, April 6, at noon.

Staff Reviews

“Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” By Susan Cain (Crown Publishers, NY 2012) Call Number: 155.232 CAIN

When you hear the word “introvert,” do you imagine someone who is painfully shy, socially awkward or terrified of public speaking? It might surprise you to know that these qualities occur in both introverts and extroverts. An accurate definition of an introvert is someone who finds socialization fatiguing and prefers a quiet environment. An extrovert, on the other hand, gains energy from being around other people and enjoys a higher level of stimulation.

In this book, Susan Cain examines the rise to dominance of the extrovert ideal in Western culture since the beginning of the 20th century. She dispels the myth that extroversion is the norm and introversion somehow an aberration. She asserts that both types have assets and liabilities and function best in balance with one another. If you know an introvert, or are one, read this book to learn more about what they have to offer.

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

Reviewed by Laura Cote

Big Sky Branch Events 

Spring Break Hours at the Big Sky Branch occur March 26-29 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Spring Break Movie

Wednesday, March 28, at 2:30 p.m.

Join us in the Big Sky auditorium for our spring break movie. The viewing includes free popcorn. Call the branch at 406-728-2400, Ext. 8605 for the title of the film.

Make It and Take It Crafts

Thursday, March 29, 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.”

Upcoming MakerSpace classes:

Zentangle Drawing Workshop

Wednesday, March 28, from 6:30 to 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:

Python and Digital Art for Middle Schoolers

Tuesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Computer Classroom

Unleash the artful coder in you! Middle school students can come to this creative workshop that meets on Tuesday nights in April in the Computer Classroom where they will learn how to code in the Python programming language using the Python turtle module. During the workshop, you will learn simple Python commands to move a virtual turtle to draw anything your heart desires. Make it your own by remixing your Python art with the GIMP open source image editor.

No previous coding or art experience required. Please bring a flash drive with you to this workshop.

This workshop is open to middle school students in grades 6 through 8. Space is limited to 5 students and online registration is required. Please note: Registration opens on April 1.

Weekly MakerSpace Offerings:

Open Hours

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

Open Hours allows visitors to explore the resources of the MakerSpace.

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.

Computer Classes:

Internet Searching

Monday, March 26, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Learn how to use the Internet in order to effectively find information. The class also includes security tips.

Catalog Searching

Thursday, March 29, from noon to 1 p.m.

Learn how to use the library catalog in order to effectively find materials for checkout.

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

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