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TOM BAUER, Missoulian

Patrons still have the chance to give the gift of blood to Missoulians in need when the library hosts an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 2 to 6:15 p.m. in the library’s Large Meeting Room. Donation slots are still available from 3 to 6:15 p.m., and Red Cross staff have indicated they also will try to accommodate walk-in donors. Interested donors can register in advance online at redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: missoulalibrary.

As an incentive for donating, the library is hosting two drawings for participants to win a pair of socks donated by Rocking L Alpacas of Victor. Names will be entered into the drawing on the day of the blood drive.

Passports at the library

In case you didn't know, the Missoula Public Library is a recognized United States Passport Acceptance Facility. That said, in fiscal year 2017, the Department of State issued a record breaking 21.4 million passports, and they anticipate those numbers will rise in fiscal year 2018. Because of this, the library has joined the “Apply Early Campaign” to encourage you to apply for your passport well ahead of your planned travel dates to ensure you get your passport on time. If you wait to apply for your passport until the peak summer months, it will take longer to get your passport. Please call us at 721-BOOK (2665) to secure your passport application appointment.

The State Department’s website, travel.state.gov, is a great resource for the traveling public. One of the most beneficial additions to the website for worldwide travelers is the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free online service located at step.state.gov/step/. This will help the State Department contact you if there is a family emergency in the U.S., or if there is a crisis where you are traveling. The web site also has useful safety and travel information about the countries you will visit, such as entry requirements.

More useful information can be found on the library’s website, located at: missoulapubliclibrary.org/services/reference#passport.

Big Sky Branch offers matinee and crafting programs

Kick back and enjoy a recent feature film when the Big Sky Branch — located at 3100 South Ave. W. — hosts the program “Wednesday Matinee Movies in the Library,” which features a screening of a recently released film at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24. Please call the branch at 406-728-2400, Ext. 8605 to find out the title of the movie.

Then on Thursday, Jan. 25, the branch hosts the making program “Make It and Take It Crafts,” which occurs at 2:30 p.m. This week’s craft will feature the making of T-shirt pillows.

Staff Reviews

“If You’re Bored with Your Camera Read This Book” By Demetrius Fordham

Octopus Publishing Group 2017

Call Number: New Books 770.23 FORDHAM

I find photography to be a rewarding hobby. However, there are only so many times that a person can take a picture of the maple leaves on the tree in their front yard before it becomes a bit dull. I have read a number of books on the subject of photographic composition and learned about the rule of thirds, proper lighting and framing the subject. Although the information was useful, it didn’t do much to fuel my interest in taking more photos. Thus, my camera had been sitting around collecting dust until recently when I ran across this volume.

“If You’re Bored with Your Camera Read This Book” encourages the reader to try going against the customary rules of composition in order to achieve different and intriguing new effects. The author also includes exercises for the photographer to help stimulate creativity. I found this book concise, applicable and edifying.

Reviewed by Laura Cote

Weekly MakerSpace Offerings:

Open Hours

Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m., Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m., Friday from 1 to 6 p.m.

Computer Electronics

Monday and Thursday from 3 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

This class is open to adults ages 18 and older. Participants should bring their own watercolor paper, paints, brushes, and a palette. For questions, call 406-258-3867 and leave a message.

Computer Classes:

Intro to Email

Monday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Learn the basics of creating an email account, including writing a message, adding attachments, and sending messages.

Easy Steps to eBooks

Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 12:30-1:30 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 406-721-BOOK (2665) to register.

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