Missoula Public Library

Missoula Public Library

In celebration of the Halloween season, the library presents the program series “Raising Missoula’s Spirits Again,” which explores a handful of Halloween-inspired topics with a Missoula and Montana theme. A detailed list of events for this program series is included below:

Beneath the Boards: An Archaeological and Historical Survey of the New Library Block

Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room

Author and Urban Archaeologist Nikki Manning returns to the library with a presentation on historic underground Missoula and her findings in and around the houses and buildings on the 400 block of East Main Street — which will be the site of the new Missoula Public Library.

History and Hauntings in the Last Best Place

Saturday, Oct. 28, at noon in the Large Meeting Room

Ellen Baumler of the Montana Historical Society will weave history and the supernatural as she takes you on a journey to Montana’s most haunted locations.

Tortured Souls Investigations Presentation

Monday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room

Missoula-based Tortured Souls Investigations will explain their methods of investigating the paranormal, show a video, and then lead a Q&A from audience members at the end of the session.

Crafting Castle Creatures

Get crafty by constructing some creepy creatures when MPL’s Youth Services Department hosts the program “Crafting Castle Creatures,” which occurs on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the library’s Young Adult Room. Utilizing Sculpey clay, participants will create creepy creatures that are inspired by the new ceramic castle located in the Children’s Department.

Wednesday Afternoon Matinee

Come in from the cold and warm up with a recent feature film when the library hosts another installment of its Wednesday Afternoon Matinee movie series, with a screening on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room. This week’s film is about an ancient queen who is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. Call 721-BOOK (2665) to find out the title of the film.

Staff Reviews

“National Geographic, The Photo Ark: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals” by Joel Sartore (National Geographic, Washington, DC 2017) Call Number: 779.32 SARTORE

Joel Sartore is a National Geographic wildlife photographer who has made it his mission to create studio portraits of the world’s animals in order to raise awareness about the plight of endangered species. Since animals in the wild seldom deign to pose under perfect lighting conditions, Sartore intends to photograph all of the 12,000 species currently in captivity. With the cooperation of zoos and wildlife sanctuaries all over the globe, he is already half way to his goal. The results are highlighted in this book of gorgeous, full-page portraits that will take your breath away. Interspersed among the stunning photos are snippets from the author about the making of this labor of love. If that’s not enough to tempt you, then perhaps the fact that Harrison Ford wrote the foreword for this book will. I enjoyed it so much that I actually bought it myself.

READ…More! Categories that this title fits into: Written by a Celebrity

Reviewed by Laura Cote

MakerSpace Offerings:

MakerSpace “Be Up-Cycled” Early Out Fun: Painted Ghost Pop Can

Thursday, Oct. 26, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Join the MakerSpace in the Large Meeting Room for this fun October craft project. Drop-in participants are welcome from 3:00-4:30 p.m. to make a ghost out of a pop can. We will have supplies provided for all ages of participants. Space is limited to 12 seats at a time, so please be patient while waiting your turn. Please also remember to wear paint clothes.

Weekly MakerSpace Offerings:

Computer Electronics

Monday Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m.

Open Hours

Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. 

Community Creative Writing Workshop

Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Watercolor Painting Class

Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room

Understand and develop the skills and techniques necessary to enjoy and succeed at watercolor painting. Open to adults ages 18 and older. Participants should bring their own watercolor paper, paints, brushes, and a palette. For questions, call Robert at 258-3867.

Computer Classes

Intro to Email

Monday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Learn the basics of creating an email account, including writing a message, adding attachments, and sending messages.

Windows 10

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 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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