Missoula Public Library

Missoula Public Library

Join us in the Large Meeting Room for the MakerSpace program “MPL Greener and Cleaner Class/Demo” — which will be a fun, informational and hands-on, do-it-yourself making of a green household product that occurs from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

During the class we will present simple recipes and economical ways to create a greener clean and a healthier footprint within your home. This class features a brief presentation from a local organization that is passionate about the topics of a toxic-free living environment at home and in the community. Fun ideas and supplies will be provided during this class.

Seating is limited to 16 people and this demo is open to those ages 18 and older. Online registration is required. Register online at: http://tinyurl.com/MakersGreenerCleaner111417.

Cheap Date Night

Catch a sweet new flick with a friend when the library hosts November’s installment of Cheap Date Night with a screening of a recent feature film on Friday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room.

This month’s film follows an Amazonian warrior princess named Diana, who left her lush tropical island to dwell in our urban cityscapes of glass and steel. Tutored in the ways of Greek warriors, and outfitted with incredible gifts the goddess bestowed upon her people, she becomes Paradise Island's emissary to civilization. Call the library at 406-721-BOOK (2665) to find out the title of this film.

Staff Reviews

“The Poet’s Dog” by Patricia MacLachlan (Katherine Tegan Books, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016) Call number: JMID MACLACH

I cannot resist a story about a dog, and when written by a celebrated children’s author who is one of my favorites, I know I will be in for a treat. This isn’t just any dog though — Teddy speaks words, but only poets and children understand them.

During a fierce snowstorm, Teddy, an Irish wolfhound, rescues two children, Nickel and Flora, and takes them to the cabin where he once lived with a poet named Sylvan. While cozily sheltered there for a few days, Teddy shares his memories of Sylvan, who has died. Together, the dog and the children help one another find what they have each lost.

Author Patricia MacLachlan gracefully interweaves Teddy’s reminiscences with the present events. Her simple plot, sparse sentences, and a touch of humor beautifully create a timeless tale. In this one, she tenderly considers the serious subject of grief, reminding us that with the help of others, we can survive a loss and recapture love. Fans young or old of MacLachlan, who also wrote the Newberry winner “Sarah, Plain and Tall,” will not be disappointed with this moving story. This book is appropriate for grades 1-5.

Reviewed by MPL Staff

Special MakerSpace Offerings:

Wednesday Night Jewelry Workshop

Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. in the Library Director’s Office, to the left of the Reference Desk

Join local jewelry makers for the Wednesday Night Jewelry Workshop, which is open to participants ages 18 and older and meets twice a month. Each workshop will teach participants a new skill and will be accompanied by a project.

3D Printing 101 Workshop

Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Come and learn about how to use MPL’s two 3D printers during this workshop in the MakerSpace. Topics covered include how to set up prints, where to find 3D objects online to print, and resources available for 3D modeling. Space is limited to 6 participants per workshop. Register online at: http://tinyurl.com/mpl3dprinting101nov.

Weekly 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 or the Linux operating system? Come in and try out these platforms 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., Friday from 1 to 6 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, Nov. 13, 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.

Easy Steps to eBooks

Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

This class is an introduction and overview of the eBook resources available at the library. The instructor will cover how to use various eReaders to access the library’s collection. Attendees are encouraged to bring their eReaders to class.

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

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