Missoula Public Library

Missoula Public Library

Ogle some art and enjoy a fine refreshment when the Big Sky Branch staff hosts a public reception for its “Who is Your Hero?” Art Show 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Big Sky Branch, located at 3100 South Ave. W. The reception will showcase art submitted to the show during the month of June, and will include refreshments and the chance to fashion your own personal superhero cape.

The Big Sky Branch is also still accepting submissions through June 30 from artists of all ages for this art show. The art pieces should be accompanied by a short description of the hero depicted, as well as why the artist chose their subject. The hero can be real or fictional, and artists are welcome to use any medium of their choice. All submissions will then be displayed at the Big Sky Branch and at MPL’s Main Branch later in July.

For more information, please call Crystal with the Big Sky Branch at 728-2400, ext. 8605.

Adult, Family Reading Program film screenings

Please join us for the second installment of our Adult Summer Reading Program film series at 6 p.m. Monday in the Large Meeing Room with a western based on a 1988 novel by Glendon Swarthout. The film is rated R and runs 122 minutes. For more information about the title of this movie, please call us at 721-2665.

Then at 1 p.m. Wednesday MPL’s Big Sky Branch will screen a family-friendly film in the Big Sky High School Auditorium, located at 3100 South Ave. W. To find out the title of the movie, please call the branch at 728-2400 ext. 8605.

MPL’s Children’s Department will also be screening a family friendly film at 2 p.m. on Thursday in the Large Meeting Room as part of its Family Reading Program. To find out the title of this film, and to find out more information about the Family Reading Program, please contact the children’s desk at 721-2665.

We Have It: Staff Reviews

“The Fifth Wave” by Rick Yancey; G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2013. Call Number: Y YANCEY

Another in the burgeoning genre of dystopian novels, this thrill ride begins well into a full-scale alien invasion of Earth. The first electromagnetic wave eliminated all power on the planet. The second wave was tsunamis that decimated all coastlines. The third wave was a deadly virus disseminated by birds. The fourth wave was … well, I’ll let you discover on your own.

The story is told from the point of view of Cassie, a vulnerable, embittered teenage girl in the vein of Katniss from “The Hunger Games.” After her parents are killed and her brother is taken from her, Cassie vows to rescue him – impossible as it seems – if only to prove that the alien “Others” can’t completely obliterate human love. On her journey she is helped by a mysterious young man (no surprise in this genre) and they forge an ambiguous relationship.

The novel is as psychologically dark and complex as the plot is knotted. Even reviewers who have found some flaws agree the overall work is powerfully compelling. One of the strongest features is the projection of what a true alien invasion might entail. This is the first in a series and – of course – a movie version is in the works.

Reviewed by Dana McMurray

Hot Happenings

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

Computer Classes

Windows 8 Basics: 6-7 p.m. Monday

This class features an overview of the main features of the Windows 8 operating system. The class instructor will be demonstrating basics of Windows 8, and attendees may bring devices or laptops that have this program and the instructor will be available to assist with questions. Participants should have a general knowledge of using a keyboard and mouse.

Craigslist: What and How: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday

What is Craigslist? How do I use it? How do I avoid getting ripped off? Learn how to protect your privacy while using this popular online yard sale tool.

Registration is required for MPL’s Computer Classes. Please call 721-2665 to register.

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The Missoula Public Library will be closed on Friday and Saturday for Independence Day. It is scheduled to reopen at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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