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TOM BAUER, Missoulian

The Missoula Public Library continues its Winter Wellness Series this week with the “Fighting Fake News Workshop,” which occurs at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, in the library’s Large Meeting Room.

This workshop will be taught by Jaci Wilkinson, who is an assistant professor and the Web Services Librarian at the University of Montana. During her workshop, participants will investigate the technology that allows untruthful or misleading content to go viral in minutes and why it’s so good at riling us up. We’ll also discuss how to improve our civic engagement online and develop healthy tech habits. Bring your questions and concerns for a hearty question and answer session following the workshop.

'Love Your Library' Facebook campaign is in full swing

This spring, the Missoula Public Library will break ground on a new and expanded library-museum complex. Doors are slated to open in early 2020.

Join your friends and neighbors in supporting this project by participating in our first Facebook fundraiser — which is in progress now and ends on Thursday, Feb. 15. The goal is to raise $15,000.

Every gift level counts, the more the merrier, and this fun mini-campaign will give the Library’s social media fans a chance to shine. For more information about the capital campaign, go to: missoulapubliclibrary.org/grow.

World Wide Cinema

Experience the world through film when the library hosts February’s installment of its World Wide Cinema film series, which features a screening of the Japanese film “After the Storm” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, in MPL’s Large Meeting Room.

This month’s movie is about a struggling novelist who attempts to reconcile with his aging mother, ex-wife and young son when they unexpectedly spend the night together after a typhoon passes where they live. This is a powerful story of family ties drawn from the director’s personal memories.

Teddy Bear Sleepover returns

The library’s Children’s Department is pleased to announce the return of the Teddy Bear Sleepover, an event from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, where kids can bring their favorite stuffed animal to a special storytime in the Dragon Rug Area, eat a snack, and then listen to a story before tucking their furry friends in for a sleepover at the library. The next morning, from 10 to 11 a.m., kids can pick up their stuffed animal in the Large Meeting Room while enjoying a light breakfast and watching a slideshow of their stuffed animal’s nighttime shenanigans.

Staff Reviews

“Saxon Chronicles” (series) by Bernard Cornwell (Harper Collins, 2004-2016) Call Number: CORNWEL

At the end of the ninth century, Alfred the Great was attempting to unite all the countries on the island of Britain into one nation: England. As you might imagine, many battles resulted from this ambitious scheme. In the “Saxon Chronicles,” Alfred relies on his right-hand-man, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, to get the battling done.

Uhtred was born Saxon but raised by Danes. He is a pagan surrounded by Christians. He is an intelligent, thoughtful man who loves to run his sword through enemy hordes. He is a conflicted, compelling character who reaches off the page to pull the reader through one pulse-pounding adventure after another. Oh, and there might be a love interest or two thrown into the mix, as well.

The writing is sharp, colorful and based on historical events. Each book ends with a synopsis from Cornwell, in which he summarizes the actual events and points out where he took creative license.

Fans of the History Channel drama “Vikings” are sure to enjoy this exciting, richly-detailed, ten-book series. Start with “The Last Kingdom.”

Missoula Reads categories this title fits into: Book from a series; Far, far away; Long, long time ago

Reviewed by Desirée Funston

Special MakerSpace Offerings:

3D Printing 101 Workshop

Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Online registration required. Visit https://tinyurl.com/mpl3dprinting101feb2018 to register.

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:

Computer Fundamentals

Monday, Feb. 5, from 6 to 7 p.m.

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

Windows 10 

Thursday, Feb. 8, from noon to 1 p.m.

Explore the Windows 10 operating system. Topics include basic orientation, managing files, configuring system settings, and navigating the internet with the Microsoft Edge browser.  

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

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