Missoula Public Library

Missoula Public Library

The Missoula Public Library is excited to announce that it is offering the chance for patrons to join local writer and poet Emily Walter for an intro to reading and writing poetry workshop focusing on contemporary poets and their work while writing poems of your own.

This six-week intensive course – planned for 6-8 p.m. on Mondays starting Sept. 21 and running through Oct. 26 – will feature an introduction to poetry referencing contemporary poems to work with language.

Each week will focus on a different poetic technique such as line breaks, rhythm, imagery, figurative language, sound and sense, as well as tone and meaning. Emily Walter holds a bachelor’s of arts degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s of fine arts degree from Northern Michigan University.

Space for this course is limited, so sign up on Sept. 1 by visiting the Missoula Public Library’s website at missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Trail 103.3 Book Club for September

MPL is pleased to present “The Tiger” by John Vaillant as the September selection for The Trail 103.3 Book Group.

What is The Trail 103.3 Book Group? It is an online book club partnership between the library and Missoula’s Trail 103.3 radio station, and each month it offers patrons the chance to check out a discussion book from our Accounts Desk. Once you’ve read the book, you’ll then discuss the title online with others by joining the “The Trail 103.3 Book Group,” which is hosted on the website Goodreads.

For more information about this book group, call MPL’s Reference Desk at 721-2665.

We Have It: Staff Reviews

“The 100-year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson; translated from the Swedish by Rod Bradbury (New York: Hyperion, 2012). Call Number JONASSO

Author Jonas Jonasson does an amazing job of combining mystery, historical fiction and absurdity together for this novel.

Allan Karlsson is turning 100, and has no interest in the attention that he will receive, so he escapes from the old folks' home he lives at and heads to the closest bus depot to get as far away as his money will take him. What follows is an absurd series of events interspersed with a biography of his life.

The unbelievable history of his life takes him all over the globe, meeting heads of state from many countries and making contributions to history that are reminiscent of Forrest Gump, according to one book reviewer. His current adventure ends with being accused of murdering three criminals, being cleared of the charges, and finally "retiring" to a tropical island.

The reader will just have to pick the book up to find out all that falls between.

Reviewed by Marjorie Doyle

Hot Happenings

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

Yarns@ the Library

Got a knitting or crochet project you’re itching to get done? Join other like-minded yarn enthusiasts during Yarns@ the Library, a brown bag knitting/crochet group that meets noon-1 p.m. every Friday in our Boardroom. Call us at 721-2665 for more info.

MakerSpace Offerings

Electronics Exploration: 3-7 p.m. Monday

Do you have an interest in Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Snap Circuits, or littleBits? Curious what these words mean? Come in and try out these various electronics platforms during the Electronics Exploration time. We hope to have participants from all skill levels – from absolute beginners to electronics enthusiasts –working on projects.

Open Time in the MakerSpace: 1:30-3 p.m. Monday and 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, please visit the MPL MakerSpace page online at missoulapubliclibrary.org/services/makerspace.

Computer Classes

My Android Tablet: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday

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

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