Missoula Public Library

Missoula Public Library

Dust off your prized antiques and see if your valuables have any value when you stop by the Fifth Annual Friends of Missoula Public Library Appraisal Fair this Sunday, April 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the library’s Large Meeting Room. Expert appraisers from across Montana will be on hand to evaluate the price of your antiques for $10 per item, or $15 for two items. Proceeds support library programming.

Poetry to the People continues

The library continues its “Poetry to the People” series of events in April with a special program titled “WordSongs: Bringing Poetry to Life” scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Large Meeting Room.

This event is a Montana Conversations program presented by Humanities Montana that is a dramatic, high energy, interactive, and intimate performance of poetry and music designed to invigorate and rekindle passion and interest for poetry. Performers Dave Caserio and Parker Brown draw from contemporary and past poets, as well as diverse cultures and subject matter, and fuse those elements with jazz, blues, classical and folk music traditions.

For more information on our Poetry to the People events, visit tinyurl.com/mplp2p.

Literary Trivia returns

Bookworms and literary enthusiasts convene to test out their knowledge of all things book-related during this month’s installment of Literary Trivia, a family-friendly trivia night in partnership with Zootown Brew that is scheduled 6:30-9 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, at Zootown Brew, 131 W. Broadway. Trivia questions will be based on literature or related aspects, and prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.

Brown Bag Book Club meets this week

MPL invites avid readers to join others for April’s edition of the Brown Bag Book Club, a new informal book club that is scheduled to meet noon-1 p.m. on Monday in the library’s Board Room. Patrons are welcome to bring their lunch and talk about the book they’re currently reading, or discuss a favorite read. Discussion can also touch on literary themes, iconic characters, parallels to current events, and other issues.

We Have It: Staff Reviews

“Smash: Trial by Fire” by Chris A. Bolton (Candlewick Press, 2013) Call number JC BOLTON 1

If you are a superhero comics fan, you’ll enjoy this ironic take on the genre about a small, easily bullied, fifth-grade boy fantasizing about having superpowers.

It takes a while to realize that the superheroes here are actual people and not imaginary, but then through a typically outlandish series of events, Andrew ends up in the middle of an evil plot by the villainous Magus to absorb the powers of Defender. Of course, the plan goes wrong and Andrew gets Defender’s powers instead. Andrew’s bumpy adjustment getting used to his powers is nicely humorous and sympathetic, and his fights with Magus are tense enough to be exciting, but not enough to disturb those peril-averse young readers. There’s even some complexity added with key characters having shifting loyalties.

The humor is constant, snarky, and a nice Marvel-like counterpoint to the high-powered action. The illustrations are bright and friendly – a lot like the current glossy, streamlined style of contemporary comics. It’s a quick read, with sequels to come, and would be enjoyable to young reluctant readers, comics fans, and even adults who like to keep up on the evolution of comics for young readers.

Reviewed by Dana McMurray

Hot Happenings

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

MakerSpace offerings

Open hours: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Computer Electronics: 3-6 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.

Community Creative Writing Workshop: 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

Jewelry Making Workshop: 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Watercolor Painting Drop-In Class: noon-2 p.m. Fridays in the Large Meeting Room.

Computer classes

Beginning Word: 6-7 p.m. Monday.

Learn the basic 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.

Android Smartphones: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Are you new to using an Android-based smartphone? Are you wondering about the settings and features that these devices have to offer? This class will offer instruction on the features, settings, navigation and apps that are common to Androids. Participants must bring their own smartphones to the class.

Registration is required to attend MPL’s computer classes. Call 721-2665 to secure your spot.

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