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TOM BAUER, Missoulian

The Missoula Public Library is hosting a Winter Wellness series for patrons during the month of February, and events begin this weekend with a financial presentation titled “It’s Not ‘All About the Money’ ” on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. in the library’s Large Meeting Room.

The presentation will be hosted by Kelly Moore, who works as the MSU Extension/Family and Consumer Sciences Agent for Missoula County.

During her talk, Moore will explore such questions as where and when did your financial values begin, and what tools do you need to help make better spending and saving habits. Please join us for this presentation to get some new insights into your “money self.”

Matinee movie at the Big Sky Branch

Get out of the cold and soak up a story when the Big Sky Branch — located at Big Sky High School on 3100 South Ave. W. — presents a matinee movie screening at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31. This week’s film is a swashbuckling comedy that takes place at sea and pits a pirate captain against a gang of ghost sailors.

Call the branch at 406-728-2400, Ext. 8605 to find out the title of the movie.

Find a new book with NoveList Plus

Looking for your next book? Want to find a new author? Can’t remember all the titles in a series? We have a great solution called NoveList Plus.

NoveList Plus is a database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 135,000 fiction and non-fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to readers, such as Author Read-alikes, What We're Reading, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks and Annotated Book Lists. It helps readers of all ages find books that match their reading level and interests.

Use NoveList Plus to find read-alikes for your favorite titles and authors, or just fill up your to-read list. Next time you’re in the library, ask a staff member to show you, or visit our Databases web page, located at missoulapubliclibrary.org/resources/databases-a-z and scroll down to the Novelist Plus link.

Staff Reviews

“Fab Four Friends: The Boys Who Became the Beatles” by Susanna Reich (2015, Henry Holt and Company) Call Number: J 782.4216 REICH

This is an attractive, charming, and very easy intro to The Beatles. Starting with a short bio of John’s early bittersweet life, then even briefer bios of Paul around the time he joined John’s Quarrymen band, and Paul’s young friend George, who John had to admit was clearly the best musician of the three. There’s a nice description of their early years scrounging for shows, their breakout gigs in Hamburg, Germany, and their quick rise to teen popularity when they brought that same energy back to Liverpool.

There’s a short bio on Ringo and how his replacement of Pete Best weeks before they cut their first record, “Love Me Do,” was the final element in their amazing chemistry. A year later, the Fab Four performed on British television and then for royalty. A few months later their Ed Sullivan show performance officially kicked off Beatlemania in the United States. The easy text and Adam Gustavson’s smooth oil illustrations make this a great book for young readers just beginning their own adventure into The Beatles.

Reviewed by Dana McMurray

Weekly MakerSpace Offerings:

Open Hours

Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 3 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:

Internet Searching 

Monday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 7 p.m.

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

Android Tablets and Smartphones 

Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Are your new to using an Android-based tablet or smartphone? This class will offer instruction on the features, settings, and apps that are common to Androids. Participants must bring their own tablets or smartphones to class.

My iPad and My iPhone

Thursday, Feb. 1, from noon to 1 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 406-721-BOOK (2665) to register.

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