Missoula Public Library

Missoula Public Library

Bring your kiddo down to the library for an afternoon of fun when the library’s Children’s Department presents “Heroes Vs. Villains,” a Family Reading Program activity that occurs at 2 p.m. Tuesday in MPL’s Large Meeting Room.

This event will offer kids the chance to test their superhero and villain knowledge with trivia, and will also give participants the chance to create their own villain. Then on Thursday, join us for a special screening of a family friendly film in our Large Meeting Room starting at 2 p.m.

For more information about MPL’s 2015 Summer Family Reading Program, stop by the Children’s Desk or call 721-2665.

MPL hosts 2nd peace crane 'fold-in'

The Missoula Public Library and the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center invites members of the public to participate in an origami peace crane “fold-in” facilitated by the Peace Center on Wednesday from 7 to 8:45 p.m. in MPL’s Boardroom. The Peace Center aims to create 70,000 folded peace cranes by July 31 in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Cranes folded at the library and at other fold-ins around town will then be displayed at the Missoula Art Museum during First Friday on Aug. 7. Supplies and instruction will be provided at the fold-in.

For more information, visit the Peace Center’s website at jrpc.org or call MPL’s Reference Desk at 721-2665.

Afternoon matinee screening

Come get cool with a classic movie when MPL presents another installment of its Wednesday Afternoon Classic Matinee with a screening of a film that’s an adaptation of a Dashiell Hammett story, starting at 2 p.m. on Wednesday in the Large Meeting Room. Call 721-2665 to find out the title of the movie.

We Have It: Staff Reviews

"Lawn Boy"  by Gary Paulsen (Wendy Lamb Books, 2007). Call number JMID Paulsen

This is a quirky treat of a middle grade novel – only 88 pages long and breezy enough to read in one long sitting.

The 12-year-old narrator inherits a riding lawn mower from his deceased grandfather and begins to innocently mow lawns for a enough money to buy a new inner tube for his old bicycle. Then he meets a stockbroker who offers to invest Arnold’s payment in trade for Arnold mowing his lawn. One slightly implausible (but entertaining) thing leads to another and Arnold is soon making tons of money, supervising a fleet of mowers and yard workers, and owning a prize-fighting boxer who helps him fend off hostility from an evil lawn-mowing competitor.

The chapter titles are ironic plays on polysyllabic economic terms, the tone is light, the dialog is catchy, and the main character is very sympathetic and credible – even if the events border on the incredible. This is Gary Paulsen’s “other” side – not the Hatchet “survive in the wilderness” side, but part of his collection of humorous, everyday-life stories.

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 missoulapubliclibrary.org.

MakerSpace offerings

Electronics Exploration: 3-6 p.m. Monday

Do you have an interest in Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Snap Circuits, or littleBits? Or are you curious what those are? Come in and try out these various electronics platforms at Electronics Exploration.

Open Time in the MakerSpace: 6-7 p.m. Wednesday

Open time allows visitors to explore the resources of the MakerSpace, learn how to use the equipment, or to work on an already ongoing project of their own.

Computer classes

Intro to Email: 6-7 p.m. Monday

This class offers the chance to learn the basics of creating an email account, including writing a message, adding attachments, and sending and receiving messages.

WORD: Tables & Forms: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday

In Microsoft Word, tables are useful for organizing and presenting data. You can create a blank table, convert text to a table, and apply a variety of styles and formats to existing tables. You can create a form in Microsoft Office Word by starting with a template you’ve created and adding content controls, including text boxes, date pickers, and drop-down lists. You can also create a form by starting with a sample template. Please join us for this class which explores this topic in-depth.

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