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TOM BAUER, Missoulian

In celebration of Missoula’s love for all things Halloween, MPL is doing its part with “Raising Missoula Spirits” – an array of events at MPL and around town that celebrate this special spooky season.

One such event includes the “Distillery Walking Tour,” a tour that departs from the library at 4 p.m. Friday with a visit to two local distilleries (and includes a tour of the distilling plant at Montgomery Distillery). Registration for this tour is required, so register today by visiting tinyurl.com/raisemslaspirits. Other events on tap include a drop-in pumpkin carving event for families scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the library. Admission is free and we will provide tools and paint, but you’ll need to bring your own pumpkin and gourd.

Then at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26 MPL is scheduled to host an event by the local group Tortured Souls Investigations, which will feature a film of their investigations plus a chance to ask questions about their work. Further along in the month we’ll also feature screenings of Halloween-themed films and a workshop on making skull earrings. We’ll also feature three “Raising Missoula Spirits” events in November including the library’s involvement in the Missoula Festival of the Dead on Nov. 2, a talk by a local author on Nov. 7 on the theme “How We Miss Them,” and a presentation on Nov. 9 on the book “Historic Underground Missoula.”

For more details and information about all “Raising Missoula Spirits” events, please visit tinyurl.com/mslaspirits.

Drop-in sessions for computer help

Do you need some help with a question about your computer, mobile device or a program? Come by the library with your laptop or mobile device and get some help from one of our knowledgeable volunteers during “Drop-In Computer Help,” which occurs from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, and again on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to noon.

We Have It: Staff Reviews

“Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes that Rock: Celebrating 10 Years of Vegan Domination” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz; photographs by Kate Lewis, Da Capo, Lifelong, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2015. Call Number: 641.5636 MOSKOWI

Following a vegan diet is not for everyone but this cookbook is not just for vegans. If you have dairy or egg intolerance, or if you have friends that are vegetarian or vegan, “Vegan with a Vengeance” will be worth a look through for recipes to accommodate them. I love reading cookbooks and found this one believable as well as usable. Being a “by the look or feel cook” myself, her suggestions for modifications are helpful and suggestions for variations presented flavor combinations I would not have considered.

I learned from this cookbook that you can make believable bacon from eggplant for BLT sandwiches, and that a faux whipped cream can be made from macadamia nuts and almond milk. Her section on tools and pantry are great resources for all.

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

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

This workshop is an open, drop-in environment focusing on the creative writing workshop process. This program focuses around what each person brings to the table. Some days will consist primarily of group reading and feedback of pieces, while others might include writing prompts and exercises. Bring your work and your creative spirit.

Open Jewelry Studio, 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday.

Instruction on basic techniques is available, find new projects and enjoy a collaborative workshop atmosphere with MakerSpace mentor Irene Pritsak.

MakerSpace open hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday; and 10 a.m.-noon Friday.

Electronics Exploration: 3-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Computer Classes

Intro to Email, 6-7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

The class offers the chance to learn the basics of creating an email account, including writing a message, adding attachments, as well as sending and receiving messages.

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.

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

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