Missoula Public Library

Missoula Public Library

The Halloween-themed program series “Raising Missoula’s Spirits Again” concludes this week on Monday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room with a presentation by Tortured Souls Investigations — a local organization that is dedicated to finding answers for people or businesses who think that they are experiencing paranormal activity. During its presentation, the group 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.

International Games Week Gaming Event on Saturday

Come and play Mario Kart and other games on the giant projector screen when the library hosts a special gaming event in celebration of International Games Week, with the game day occurring from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, in the Large Meeting Room.

During the event, the library will also have its tabletop games available for free-play all day, and it will also be debuting the newest tabletop games added to its collection. If you find a board game that you just can’t get enough of, you can check it out and take it home for two weeks. Come get your game on and join us for this family-friendly day of gaming fun.

Staff Reviews

“Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection” by John Sarno, MD (1991, Hachette Book Group) Call Number: 617.564 SARNO

“The Mindbody Prescription” by John Sarno, MD (1998, Warner Books) Call Number: 616.0472 SARNO

“The Divided Mind” by John Sarno, MD (2006, ReganBooks) Call Number: 616.08 SARNO

These three books are the product of Dr. John Sarno’s life mission: to reveal what he sees as the real cause of our current epidemic of chronic pain, to lead sufferers to healing, and to open our eyes to the powerful mind-body realities that make human beings both amazingly vulnerable and amazingly resilient.

Sarno’s theories and approach are based upon the core discoveries of psychoanalysis, years of mind-body and neuroplasticity research, and thousands of Sarno’s own patients’ successful outcomes. Sarno believes that much chronic pain is true measurable physical pain but that it is caused by the brain itself and not by any underlying physical cause. Sarno’s basic theory is that unconscious feelings (like powerful anger, sadness, guilt) build to such a level that part of the mind triggers the brain to reduce oxygen flow to particular parts of the body in order to trigger pain that will distract the conscious mind from recognizing these frightening and unacceptable feelings. He named the phenomenon Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS), and these books are an excellent and provoking examination of his ideas. Please note: Sarno always advises people to have a thorough physical exam to identify existing physical conditions and acknowledges that there are times when a physical intervention is more appropriate than a psychological one. Regardless of whether TMS is relevant to you, the information in these books is still mind-expanding.

Reviewed by Dana McMurray

Special MakerSpace Offerings:

Wednesday Night Jewelry Workshop

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 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. 1, 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 and Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m.

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., 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

Internet Searching

Monday, Oct. 30, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Learn how to use the Internet to effectively find information. This class also includes security tips.

My iPad and My iPhone

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 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. We will cover basic functions and navigation.

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

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