Missoula Public Library

Missoula Public Library

The library’s Food for Fines amnesty program in early December was a boon to both library patrons and the Missoula Food Bank. In total, the library received 1,398 pounds of donated food items to give to the Missoula Food Bank during this recent food drive, which surpasses the 991 pounds of food donated during our last Food for Fines event. The library also waived $2,418.54 in overdue fines during last month’s Food for Fines program. Because of this, the library would like to thank all of its patrons who helped make this program such a resounding success.

World Wide Cinema

Experience the world through a moving picture when the library hosts the January installment of its World Wide Cinema film series, with a film screening on Friday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. in the library’s Large Meeting Room.

This month’s film is “1944,” which is from Estonia in Estonian, Russian and German with English subtitles and runs 100 minutes. The film is a gritty drama that shows the hope, aims and drama of Estonian men caught between two forces during the bloodiest battle of World War II’s Eastern Front. This film is also Estonia’s official Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film.

Introduction to Mindfulness course begins in late February

As part of its upcoming Winter Wellness Series in February, the library will be hosting a six-week “Introduction to Mindfulness” course that occurs on Mondays from Feb. 26 through April 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room.

Online registration is required for this class. Visit https://tinyurl.com/mplintrotomindfulness to register.

The class, which will be taught by Christine Lustik, will provide a progression though the essential areas of mindful attention and investigation, including breath, body, feeling tone, emotion, thought and open awareness.

Lustik is a certified mindfulness teacher with almost two decades of personal practice. She has five years of mindfulness teaching experience and is a certified mindfulness teacher having completed the teacher training program from the Mindfulness Training Institute. She is also a certified teacher in the Mindfulness in Nature program “Awake in the Wild.”

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Help out a fellow Missoulian in need when the library hosts an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 2 to 6:15 p.m. in the library’s Large Meeting Room.

As an incentive for donating, MPL is offering two drawings to win a pair of socks donated by Rocking L Alpacas of Victor, Montana. Names will be entered into the drawing on the day of the blood drive. Donors may register at redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: missoulalibrary, or alternately they can contact Christine at MPL’s Reference Desk.

Staff Reviews

“Y: The Last Man (Unmanned)” by Brian Vaughan (2002, DC Comics) Call Number: GL VAUGHN, V. 1

Here’s a familiar but slightly altered scenario: what would life be like for the last man on Earth? No, not the last human: the last male. After a plague of unknown origin sweeps across the planet, every human with a Y chromosome (even in utero) is killed — except for Yorick Brown and his male monkey. Yorick is distinctly unheroic. Almost a stereotypical slacker, his primary concern is reuniting with his girlfriend on the other side of the globe, and his clearly secondary concern is helping one faction of remaining women concerned with undoing the catastrophe.

The complications abound: extremist gangs (one of which includes Yorick’s sister), political infighting (which include Yorick’s mother who’s a congressional representative), and international conspiracies. It’s fast, violent, and sassy. Yorick is self-centered and impulsive enough to be hard to sympathize with at times, but that just makes the story more realistic and unpredictable. This is a high-quality graphic novel with an intriguing premise and solid writing.

Reviewed by Dana McMurray

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. and Friday from 1 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

Monday and Thursday from 3 to 6 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 and leave a message.

Computer Classes:

Computer Fundamentals

Monday, Jan. 8, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Learn about the various components of a computer, such as managing your desktop, and how to open programs. No experience necessary.

Windows 10

Wednesday, Jan. 10, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Explore the Windows 10 operating system. Topics include basic orientation, managing files, configuring systems, 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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