Missoula Public Library

Missoula Public Library

Warm up from the cold by soaking up a recent feature film when the library hosts the first November installment of its Wednesday Afternoon Matinee movie series, with a movie screening at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Large Meeting Room.

This week’s movie is about a young getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

Call 406-721-BOOK (2665) to find out the title of the movie.

Writer’s Anonymous

Budding writers can get constructive criticism on their writing and provide feedback for others in a supportive environment at Writers' Anonymous, a writing group for adults sponsored by the library that meets this month on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. in the library's Board Room. This writing group meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the library in the Board Room.

Library closed for Veterans Day

The Missoula Public Library will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10, in honor of Veterans Day. It will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. During its closure, patrons can still return materials to all MPL book drops, as well as check on accounts and place holds online through our website, located at missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Staff Reviews

“Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn (Shaye Areheart Books, 2009) Call Number: FLYNN, PBK FLYNN

“Dark Places” is a grim, compelling, addictive mystery, told from the viewpoint of a deeply flawed but interesting protagonist. Libby Day is a woman in her early thirties who survived the bloody massacre of her family when she was only seven years old. Her older brother, convicted of the appalling crime mainly by young Libby’s testimony, has been in prison ever since. Libby maintains no contact with him, preferring to steer her mind away from “dark places” any time she’s reminded of that horrible night. As an adult, Libby is depressed, solitary, passive, and self-absorbed, emerging from her reclusiveness only when the trust fund set up for her after the tragedy finally trickles down to nothing. Desperate for money and with no real-world job experience, Libby finds herself involved as a paid speaker and researcher for the Kill Club, a society of true-crime fans who want to pick apart her childhood and solve the mystery of who really killed her family. Was Libby wrong to identify her brother as the killer, twenty-four years ago? And if he wasn’t the one who killed her mother and sisters, who was?

Readers familiar with Gillian Flynn’s other novels (“Gone Girl” and “Sharp Objects”) will find her exploring similar themes here. There’s a sardonically observant, unsentimental female protagonist with psychological problems; a Midwestern (Kansas/Missouri) setting; buried family secrets; and an unflinching look at women’s capacity for violence and evil. The story gains momentum as it switches between flashbacks and the present day, gradually uncovering more details about Libby’s family as it hurtles towards a startling conclusion. Highly recommended for those who enjoy thrillers.

READ…More! Categories this book fits into: Book to Movie

Reviewed by Heather Thams

Special MakerSpace Offerings:

Zentangle Tuesday

Tuesday, Nov. 7, noon to 2 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room

We are wrapping up our year for Zentangle Tuesday classes and meeting in the Large Meeting Room to accommodate all past and present class attendees. You are invited to bring any of your class art cards to show what you have finished over the year. New adult attendees are also welcome. During the first part of class, we will work on to two new Zentangle drawings for practice, and then we will work on a Zentangle art card to take home.

Online registration is required and this class is open to those ages 18 and older. Register at: http://tinyurl.com/MakersZenTangleTues110717.

Weekly MakerSpace Offerings:

Computer Electronics

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

Open Hours

Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Community Creative Writing Workshop

Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Computer Classes

Computer Fundamentals

Monday, Nov. 6, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Learn about the various components of a computer, including managing your desktop, and how to open programs. No experience necessary.


Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Learn how to use this popular classified ad website and search for listings related to jobs, housing, items for sale, and discussion forums. The class will also cover how to post your own ads.

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

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