Missoula Public Library

Missoula Public Library

Missoula Public Library patrons are invited to lace up and hit the ground running or walking in support of your local library this week during MPL’s fourth annual Book’n It for the Library Race, a 5k fun run that departs from the library’s Front Street parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Once it starts, participants will run or walk on a course that follows the Riverfront Trail along the beautiful Clark Fork River. Runners, walkers, and strollers of all ages are welcome to take part in this race. 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.

Patrons can sign up for the race in person at MPL’s Accounts Desk, or they can sign-up online by visiting missoulapubliclibrary.org/race.

Montana Book Festival offers children’s events

In conjunction with the Montana Book Festival – a celebration of the written word featuring a host of author readings, panel discussions, and other events around Missoula from Sept. 10-12 – the festival is offering patrons ages 8 through 18 a number of literary themed events to enjoy during its inaugural “Children’s Book Festival.” All events will take place at the Missoula Public Library.

One such event includes “Draw Yourself a Story,” scheduled 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday in MPL’s Large Meeting Room. Participants will join local illustrator Josh Quick as he describes and demonstrates his creative process and leads children ages 8-12 through fun and engaging drawing exercises.

Other happenings include a talk on story creation with local writer Sneed Collard, panel discussions with young adult fiction authors, as well as workshops with local bands The Whizpops! and The Salamanders about performing musical stories. Although these events are geared towards children and teens, folks of all ages are welcome to stop by any of these sessions.

For more information, and to find a complete schedule of events for the “Children’s Book Festival,” visit tinyurl.com/mplbookfest.

We Have It: Staff Reviews

“X” by Sue Grafton (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2015). Call number GRAFTON KINSEY #24

Please don’t be shocked, but this is the first Sue Grafton book I’ve ever read, and it really is quite good. Kinsey Millhone is a private eye with lots of history, 23 books' worth as a matter of fact. In this book she is juggling a couple of cases: a mother trying to locate the child she relinquished for adoption (or is she?) and an old case of a former associate that involves returning personal property (or does it?). Grafton’s brusque, almost noir detective style of writing sets the tone for the character, Kinsey, who is pretty no-nonsense. The personal friendships included in the story give nice depth to the character.

Grafton’s use of suspense within the story is well done, and the fact that she does not tie it all up nicely with a bow at the conclusion is not only a nice touch but gives a feeling of realism.

Reviewed by Marjorie Doyle

Hot Happenings

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

MakerSpace offerings

Open Time in the MakerSpace: 3-6 p.m. Thursday.

Open time to allow visitors to explore the resources of the MakerSpace, learn how to use the equipment, or to work on a project of their choice. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information about all the services and offerings found in MPL’s Makerspace, visit the MPL MakerSpace page online at missoulapubliclibrary.org/services/makerspace.

Computer classes

Easy steps to eBooks: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Electronic books, e-audio books, digital music and video – these are all available through the Missoula Public Library’s website! Come learn how to take advantage of free access to new media from the comfort of your own home. Attendees must have a basic knowledge of how to use their eReader. Attendees are encouraged to bring their eReaders and any cords if they have them.

Computer Fundamentals: 6-7 p.m. Wednesday.

This class offers patrons the chance to learn about the parts of the computer (hardware), how to turn it on and off; managing your desktop and how to open programs. No experience is necessary.


The Missoula Public Library will be closed on Sunday and Monday for the Labor Day Holiday. It will reopen at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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