Missoula Public Library

Missoula Public Library

Lace up and hit the ground running as your love of books mixes with your love of running when MPL presents its fourth annual Book’n It for the Library Race, a 5K race scheduled 8:30 a.m. Sept. 12.

The race departs from the library’s back parking lot, and follows a course on the Riverfront Trail along the Clark Fork River. Registration costs $20, with a $2 discount for each runner with a Missoula Public Library card. All proceeds go to support library programming through the Friends of the Missoula Public Library.

To register and for more information, visit missoulapubliclibrary.org/race.

Gaming for Grownups returns this week

Gaming for Grownups, MPL’s monthly board game night for adults, returns 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in the Large Meeting Room. This month, the event’s facilitators will feature the cooperative games Pandemic and Zombicide.

For more information about Gaming for Grownups, call us at 721-2665.

World Wide Cinema: 'If You Don’t, I Will'

Pomme and Pierre have been together a long time. Passion and spontaneity have left their relationship. But there is a lingering optimism, a hope that they can return to the couple they once were. On a hike together, Pomme declares her independence by deciding to stay in the woods rather than return to an underwhelming life with Pierre, causing both to contemplate the strength and meaning of each other’s commitment.

From France, this drama/comedy is in French with English subtitles and runs 102 minutes. It stars Emmauelle Devos (Pomme) and Mathieu Amalric (Pierre), two of France’s most respected contemporary actors.

Join us for a screening and brief optional discussion at 7 p.m. Friday in the Large Meeting Room. Lower level doors will be open from 6:45-7:15 p.m.

We Have It: Staff Reviews

“Comic Books 101” by Chris Ryall and Scott Tipton (Impact, 2009). Call Number: Y 741.59 RYALL

This is a great read for comic book fans, those interested in a particular comic character, and readers curious about the evolution of genres in general. It begins with a nice introduction by Stan Lee himself, who claims he wishes he had this volume when he was starting out. The coverage is pretty comprehensive. Part one covers the history of comics in general as well as an overview of major and independent publishers. Part two describes the actual creation of comic books, while part three and four focus on DC and Marvel respectively. Part five highlights the independent publishers. Further along, part six gives brief but substantive bios on individual writers and artists, and part seven moves into the world of television and movies.

This is a satisfying book either as a read-through for some in-depth background or as a quick reference for a particular creator or character. The writers are certified comic geeks, with great styles that combine credibility with snarky playfulness and personal opinion. Though this was published in 2009 – so it’s not absolutely up to date – this book handily sums up the history of American comics and will renew your interest in older series and trigger an interest in something you haven’t yet read or perhaps haven’t even heard of.

Reviewed by Dana McMurray

Hot Happenings

Here’s a sampling of some of the great free programs coming up at Missoula Public Library. Check the full events calendar at missoulapubliclibrary.org.

MakerSpace Offerings

Electronics Exploration: 3-7 p.m. Monday

Do you have an interest in Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Snap Circuits, or littleBits? Or are you curious what those are? Come in and try out these various electronics platforms at Electronics Exploration.

Open Time in the MakerSpace: 1:30-3 p.m. Monday and 3-6 p.m. Thursday

Open time allows visitors to explore the resources of the MakerSpace, learn how to use the equipment, or to work on an already ongoing project of their own.

Computer Classes

Beginning WORD: 6-7 p.m. Monday

Learn the basics features of Microsoft Word 2010, a word processing program you can use to create documents. Topics include entering and editing text, saving files, and formatting. Participants should have a general knowledge of the keyboard and mouse.

My iPad: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday

Are you new to using an iPad? Wondering about the settings and features that iPads have to offer? This class will offer instruction on the features, settings, navigation and apps that are unique to iPads. Participants must bring their own iPad to the class.

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