Missoula Public Library

Missoula Public Library

Come get a glimpse of some of the innovative services that your library has to offer when MPL hosts a downtown parklet on Friday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in front of A&E Architects, located in downtown Missoula at 222 N. Higgins Ave.

Among the services and activities planned include free coffee and books, a watercolor painting class from noon to 2 p.m., 3D printing and other tech activities with our MakerSpace, and more. Stop by and learn about some of the ways in which your local library is more than just books.

'A New Way to Library' continues

The library’s month-long program series, “A New Way to Library,” continues with presentations that focus on library innovations, community collaboration, as well as MPL’s mission and future. This week’s presentation is listed below. For a complete list of events, visit tinyurl.com/newwaytolibrary.

“A New Way to Learn: Science, Technology, Cultural Literacy”

Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room

Featuring Barbara Theroux of the Friends of MPL, as well as the spectrUM Discovery Center and Tribal Partners.

Cheap Date Night returns

Kick back and enjoy a recent feature film during this month’s installment of Cheap Date Night, with a film screening on Friday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. in the library’s Large Meeting Room.

This month’s film is about three lifelong friends who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Call 721-BOOK (2665) to find out the title of the film.

Presentation on local agriculture projects occurs next week

In conjunction with the University of Montana's Griz Read program, the Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO) and the Five Valleys Seed Library will host a presentation on Monday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. in MPL's Large Meeting Room.

During this presentation, audience members will learn about AERO's history and current local agriculture projects, as well as hear strategies for improving soil health in your own yard or garden. Attendees will also get resources to take further action in the local agriculture movement, information on soil building and health, free seeds for soil building courtesy of the Five Valleys Seed Library, and Montana lentil dishes to snack on.

Staff Reviews

“A Night Divided” by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Scholastic Press, 2015) Call number: JMID NIELSEN

Gerta was just 8 years old when she woke up one morning to the sounds of hammering. As she looked out her window, she saw a fence of barbed wire dividing her city. In just a short time, this fence would become the Berlin Wall. Her mother and brother Fritz were with her on the eastern side while her father and brother Dominique were on the western side. Four years later, Gerta sees her father and brother on a platform on the western side. Her father is trying to tell her something by pantomiming a story he told her when she was younger. As Gerta realizes what he is trying to tell her, she and Fritz begin a dangerous journey to try and reunite their family. Author Jennifer A. Nielsen is most well known for her fantasy series, so this is definitely a departure from her usual fare. But she tells Gerta’s story just as well as any other as she paints a vivid picture of the struggles of those who lived in East Berlin during the early years of the wall.

Reviewed by Lyndy Parke

MakerSpace Offerings

Computer Electronics

Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m.

Do you have an interest in the Arduino microcontroller? Come in and try out this platform during the drop-in program Computer Electronics.

Open Hours

Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. 

Open Hours allows visitors to explore the resources of the MakerSpace, or to work on a project of their choice.

Community Creative Writing Workshop

Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Open, drop-in environment focusing on the creative writing workshop process.

Computer Classes

Beginning Word

Monday, Sept. 11, from 6 to 7 p.m.

An introduction to word processing, including how to create a document, manipulate the text and font, and use templates.

My iPad and My iPhone

Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

An introductory class for iPad and iPhone users who would like to become more comfortable with their devices. This class covers basic functions and navigation.

Registration is required to attend MPL’s computer classes. Please call 406-721-2665 to register.

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