Missoula Public Library

Missoula Public Library

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, the library has partnered with the Western Montana Health Center for a collaborative speaker series in May that touches on various aspects of mental health. This week, the series continues with the talk “Supporting Ourselves, Supporting One Another” on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room.

Rob Terwilliger of the Tamarack Grief Resource Center leads this workshop, which provides information and tools for understanding the grief process, talking about grief with adults and children, as well as building and maintaining resiliency on an individual, family, and community level.

Literary Trivia

Bookworms comb the depths of their brains for all things literary during this month’s installment of Literary Trivia, a family-friendly trivia night in partnership with Zootown Brew that occurs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at Zootown Brew, located at 131 W. Broadway in downtown Missoula. Trivia questions will be based on literature or related aspects, and prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.

Big Sky hosts coloring program

Relax to the max when MPL’s Big Sky branch hosts the “Stress Less Coloring and Zentangle Program,” on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Big Sky branch, located at 3100 South Ave. W. All color sheets, crayons, and colored pencils will be provided, and all ages are welcome to come de-stress during this coloring program. For more information, call the branch at 728-2400, ext. 8605.

World Wide Cinema: 'Second Coming'

This month’s World Wide Cinema movie, “Second Coming,” is set in present day London and tells the story of Jackie, who is pregnant and knows her husband Mark is not the father. This movie follows this close family over a year as they navigate their way through the aftermath of an unexplained pregnancy. Please join us for a screening on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room. Lower level doors will be open from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m.

Special story time with local high school students

MPL’s Children’s Department presents a special story time on Saturday at 11 a.m. featuring the acting talents of Sentinel High School students. These students will be performing plays with scripts created from books including “The Deductive Detective,” “Rainbow Fish,” and “Schnitzel von Krumm.” Story time takes place at the Dragon Rug in the Children’s Department. Call the Children’s Desk at 721-BOOK (2665) for more information.

We Have It: Staff Reviews

“The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11” by Lawrence Wright (New York, NY: Alfred Knopf, 2006) Call Number: 973.931 WRIGHT

Although this is not a likely candidate for a book I’d just pull off the shelf, based on the recommendation of another librarian, I decided to read it and am very glad I did. Author Lawrence Wright has written a very in-depth, understandable, and well-researched book on this very familiar crisis that had me fascinated throughout the entire book.

An awful story of societal disruption in the Middle East and the United States, Wright’s telling of the back story culminating in the Al-Qaeda attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon gives readers an excellent understanding of how Islam has been twisted to justify the killing of innocent people, and how our government bureaucracy enabled this terrorist attack that could have been prevented.

Reviewed by Retired Reference Librarian Marjorie Doyle

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: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays.

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.

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

Visit tinyurl.com/mplmakers for a full calendar of MakerSpace classes.

Computer classes

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

This class offers an introduction to word processing, including how to create a document, manipulate the text and font, and use templates.

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

This is an introductory class for iPad 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. Call 721-2665 to secure your spot.

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