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Missoula Public Library

Missoula Public Library

Bring a date and enjoy a fun-filled night in front of a big screen when the library hosts January’s installment of Cheap Date Night, which occurs on Friday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room. This month’s featured film takes place during World War II, and is a thriller about the evacuation of Dunkirk, France, in which 400,000 Allied troops were rescued following a catastrophic defeat. Call 406-721-BOOK (2665) for the movie title.

Library closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It will reopen at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16. During its closure, patrons can still drop off materials to MPL’s book drops, as well as use the library’s online catalog— located at — to check on their account and place holds on items.

Blood Drive coming up

Help out a fellow neighbor in need by participating in an upcoming American Red Cross Blood Drive, which occurs at the Missoula Public Library on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 2 to 6:15 p.m. in the library’s Large Meeting Room.

As an incentive for donating, the library will be offering two drawings for blood drive participants to win a pair of socks donated by Rocking L Alpacas of Victor. Names will be entered into the drawing on the day of the blood drive. If you’re interested in donating, you can register online at and enter the sponsor code: missoulalibrary, or alternately you can contact Christine at MPL’s Reference Desk by calling 721-BOOK (2665).

Staff Reviews

“Afterworlds” by Scott Westerfeld (2014, Simon Pulse) Call Number: Y WESTERF

Darcy Patel is a high school senior, whose very first novel — written in a month — just got accepted by a major New York publisher. That’s the two-page chapter one. Chapter two is the first chapter of the novel itself, in which teenage Lizzie survives a terrorist attack in an airport by playing dead so thoroughly that she actually passes into the afterworld. She maintains the ability to pass back and forth between this world and the next, and (of course) meets a dark, charming young man who guides the dead to safety and whose attraction to Lizzie threatens them both. After graduating, Darcy dares to postpone college and move to New York to polish book one, start on book two, dive into the New York writer world, and (of course) fall in love with another debut female author. The chapters alternate between Darcy’s and Lizzie’s stories and, for a novel with so many standard genre conventions, it is artfully written and compelling.

Aspiring writers, romance fans, paranormal fans, readers who enjoy the alternating chapter structure, and adult readers who appreciate well-written young-adult fiction will enjoy this book. There’s lots of suspense at all levels: family, romance, writing, and life and death itself.

Missoula Reads Categories this title fits into: Written for Someone Younger, Love Story, 400 Pages or More.

Reviewed by Dana McMurray

Special MakerSpace Offerings:

Zentangle Drawing Workshop

Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room

Learn the methods and process of Zentangle drawing during this class. Supplies are provided. Please bring your registration ticket with you. Space is limited to 24 people. 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. and Saturday from 3 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

Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. 

Do you have an interest in the Arduino platform? Come in and try out this and other electronics platforms 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.

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 258-3867 and leave a message.

Computer Classes:


Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Become familiar with the social networking site Facebook. Learn how to set up an account and how to use basic features. This class is for those who don’t have an account or are new to Facebook.

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

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