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TOM BAUER, Missoulian

Put on your snazziest vintage suit or dress and come celebrate your local library when The Foundation for Missoula Public Library presents “MAD About the Library” – our fifth annual benefit to support Missoula Public Library’s special programs.

For one special night, the library will be magically “restored” to its original, “Mad Men”-era like ambiance. This event aims to highlight the long way MPL has come in 45 years, and unveil a new dream for the library’s future. The soiree is scheduled 7-9 p.m. on Saturday and will feature a keynote speech delivered by Julie Biando Edwards, co-author of “Transforming Libraries, Building Communities.”

It also features the “Booklover’s Silent Auction: A Treasure Trove of Fun Reads and Fine Editions,” a tapas bar by the Silk Road, a no-host bar by The Badlander, plus music, and more. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at MPL’s Accounts Desk, or online at tinyurl.com/madaboutmpl.

Library Week offers something for everyone

Library lovers and book worms ought to find something to dig into when MPL celebrates National Library Week with a flurry of events. Some of these activities include:

  • Tuesday: The MakerSpace Technovation Challenge Team presentation, 4 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room. Wednesday: MPL’s Bookmobile is out and about in the community from 10:30 a.m. to noon; Presentation on the Library of the Future by Montana State Library consultant Suzanne Reymer at 5 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room.
  • Thursday: Build your dream library with LEGOs in the Children’s Dept. at 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday: Tour the library at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Meet us in the lower lobby for the tour.
  • Saturday: Sundaes on Saturday – celebrate with ice cream at the library from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us later for the MAD about the Library Fundraiser at 7 p.m.

For further details about MPL’s participation in National Library Week, visit missoulapubliclibrary.org/nlw.

MPL’s Maker’s Ball seeks participants

Calling all fashionistas and fashion designers: MPL’s annual Maker’s Ball is just around the corner, and we’re looking for folks of all ages to participate in this wildly fun and fashionable event.

If you’re not familiar with the Maker’s Ball, it is a fashion show and competition where local designers create original pieces of clothing from recycled and repurposed materials, and then display their works of art at the event, which is scheduled 6:30-9:00 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the library.

The designs will be judged by professional artists, designers, and fashionistas. Winners will be announced at the event and awarded cash prizes based on categories. The competition is open to 15 designers, and those who want to participate, or just attend, must register for the event online by visiting tinyurl.com/mplmakersball2015. For further questions, please contact MPL MakerSpace coordinator Rebecca Rice at rrice@missoula.lib.mt.us.

We Have It: Staff Reviews

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" by Mark Haddon; Vintage Books, 2003. Call Number: HADDON.

This is a quiet tour de force. Christopher John Francis Boone is a teenager who is high on the autism spectrum: unusually adept at math and physics, but unable to read simple facial cues, to understand jokes, to be at ease in crowds, or even to tolerate certain colors of food next to each other.

Walking after midnight – because he likes to pretend he’s the only person on the planet – he discovers that the neighbor’s dog, Wellington, has been killed with a garden fork. He decides to figure out who killed Wellington (and to write a book about it) and the search turns up startling results that change Christopher’s life – though, interestingly and realistically, not his simple, straightforward, innocent approach to life.

The first-person portrayal of Christopher is skillful, funny, poignant, and respectful – a clear reflection of Haddon’s work with individuals with autism. The novel itself is a compelling combination of sweet and bitter: from Christopher’s love of his pet rat Toby, to the gruesomely murdered dog, and from Christopher’s noble, risky journey into London, to the harsh, tangled relationships among Christopher, his mother, and father.

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: 3-5 p.m. Monday.

Open Project Development: 3-5 p.m. Tuesday.

Computer Classes

Beginning Word: 6-7 p.m. Monday.

Excel: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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

Registration is required for MPL’s Computer Classes. Call 721-2665 to register.

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