Missoula Public Library

Missoula Public Library

Give back to your community when you donate to the library’s ToileTree — a Christmas tree that will be set up in the library and decorated with toiletries to share with the YWCA’s domestic violence shelter.

Patrons can help out by donating travel-size personal hygiene items (such as toothbrushes, shampoo, soaps, etc.) to adorn the tree this season. Your donations will go directly to YWCA Missoula in order to help women and children who are in need of basic hygiene items. The ToileTree will go up on Dec. 1 and be located near the Accounts Desk.

For more information, call Caroline at 406-258-3817.

MakerSpace hosts classes on birch bark weaving and crocheting this week

The library’s MakerSpace will be hosting two hands-on classes this coming Saturday, one which is in the Large Meeting Room and explores the subject of birch bark weaving, while the other occurs in the MakerSpace and will be an introduction to crocheting.

Details of each class are listed below:

Intro to Birch Bark Weaving

Saturday, Dec. 2, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room

Join Lindy and Ashlee from The Montana Folk School for a class in the Large Meeting Room on birch bark weaving. During the class participants will handcraft a star ornament to take home for the holidays. All supplies are provided. This class is for adults and young adults. Children ages 8-12 are welcome to attend and make an ornament with their parents. Reservations are limited to 24 people and online registration is required. Register online at http://tinyurl.com/MakersBarkWeaving120217.

Introduction to Crochet

Saturdays (Dec. 2, 9, 16) from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the MakerSpace

What could be simpler than a piece of string and a hook? The centuries-old art of crochet can be used to make everything from potholders and scarves, to lace and hyperbolic structures. Come to this series of three classes to get started with this simple, flexible craft. We’ll start at the beginning with chains and single crochet to make a dishcloth. If time and interest permit, we’ll also touch on several other stitches, and discuss yarn, patterns, and how to keep going. Join us to learn a handcraft that is as simple — or complicated — as you desire, and that provides wellness and mental benefits to boot.

Space is limited to 6 participants for this class series and online registration is required.

Children’s Department hosts Parade of Lights events

In celebration of Missoula’s Parade of Lights, the Missoula Public Library's Children's Department will host a story time and craft at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. Then from 1 to 4 p.m. that day the department will host a light-themed drop-in craft. All ages are welcome to come and create with craft supplies provided. For more information, call the Children’s Department at 406-721-BOOK (2665).

Staff Reviews

“Rapunzel’s Revenge” by Shannon Hale (2008, Bloomsbury) Call Number: JC HALE

This juvenile graphic novel has big name creators and some definite strengths: the overall revision of the Rapunzel saga into a socio-political dystopia; the insertion of Jack (and his beans) as Rapunzel’s major ally; Mother Gothel’s magical powers with plants; the campy thriller pacing and plot devices; and the clear empowering of Rapunzel (her “superpower” is her ability to use her long braids as weapons). The main weaknesses are a few plot developments that seem contrived, like the manner in which Rapunzel meets her true mother and the way in which Gothel’s main henchman is won over so easily at the end. The illustration style is clean and accessible; the coloring is particularly nice; and the combination of magic, frontier settings, girl heroine, and thrill-ride plot could make the book appealing to both young male and young female readers — as well as adults who like to keep current with how graphic novels for kids are evolving.

Reviewed by Dana McMurray

Weekly MakerSpace Offerings:

Computer Electronics

Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. 

Open Hours

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

Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m.  

Community Creative Writing Workshop

The group will resume meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m.

Community Creative Writing Group

Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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. For questions, call Robert at 406-258-3867.

Computer Classes

Internet  Searching

Monday, Nov. 27, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Learn how to use the internet to effectively find information. This class also includes security tips.

Windows 10

Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

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

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

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