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Ever noticed a mistake on Wikipedia and wanted to fix it? Kristin Anderson wishes you would.

Anderson is the director of Wikipedia.org, and she’ll be at Missoula Public Library on Jan. 4 to give a workshop on how to become a citizen editor for the “free, collaborative, multilingual Internet encyclopedia” – that definition comes from their own article on themselves on Wikipedia.

Since Wikipedia is open to editing by anyone, articles “may contain inaccuracies, ideological biases, or even patent nonsense, until or unless another editor corrects the problem” – again, from their own article.

Anderson hopes to recruit more editors, by offering hands-on practice which will include adding to the public domain by learning to upload photos, edit articles, digitize material, and the use of various devices to do so.

Those wishing to attend should meet at the library’s large meeting room at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 4.

E-reader drop-in sessions

The MPL will offer drop in sessions to learn how to use your new e-reader. Bring your e-reader and any cords that come with it and come down to the library’s computer classroom during the following sessions:

• Thursday, Jan. 3, 11 a.m.- noon

• Friday, Jan. 11, 3-4 p.m.

• Friday, Jan. 18, 3-4 p.m.

• Tuesday, Jan. 22, 3:30 -4:30 p.m.

• Saturday, Jan. 26, 11 a.m.- noon

• Monday, Jan. 28, 3-4 p.m.

• Tuesday, Feb, 5, 3:30 -4:30 p.m.

• Saturday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m.-noon

Upcoming writing class: memoirs

This class, which meets Mondays from 3-4:30 p.m. starting Jan. 14, focuses on the essentials of personal narrative and participants will write fresh new descriptions of their experiences.

Join Montana Poet Laureate and Missoula Writing Collaborative Artistic Director Sheryl Noethe for this free workshop as part of a National Endowment for the Arts community writing grant.

No previous manuscripts or partially finished memoirs please, all levels of skill are invited.

Pre-registration is required, class size is limited. Please email events@missoula.lib.mt.us to register.

MPL book group for January

From the award-winning author of “The English Patient” comes the tale of an 11-year-old boy on a ship headed for England in the 1950s.

The crossing introduces him to jazz, women, literature, and a world full of mystery and adventure, setting the course for an unexpected lifelong journey.

Join in a lively discussion of “The Cat’s Table” by Michael Ondaatje on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. at the library’s board room. Books are available at the accounts desk.

We Have It: Staff Reviews

“The Mindfulness Breakthrough: The Revolutionary Approach to Dealing with Stress, Anxiety and Depression,” by Sarah Silverton, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. Watkins Publishing (London), 2012. Call number 616.8914 SILVERTO

I know your first thought-another “breakthrough” book about reducing stress, anxiety and depression?

Once past this initial hurdle, you will find a well written, visually appealing, easily referenced book that offers scientific insight into how our mind creates a state of stress. How this affects our relationships with everyone and everything. And how, when dedicated to learning more about yourself, you can relax and enjoy the life around you.

MBST (Mindfulness-Based Stress Therapy) began in the 1970s as a “non-religious version of meditation” that teaches people how to focus on the present moment, not fixating on what might happen in our future, or what has happened in our past.

Various pieces of MBST are described, allowing you to choose those best suited to your preferences and lifestyle, aiding you to flip the switch in your brain and enjoy the current situation to the fullest. Interestingly enough, MBST classes are taught in Missoula.

Silverton also discusses how self-care, although not highly regarded in our culture, is essential to health.

She doesn’t promise overnight results, yet recommends many different skills we can adapt to our routine; changes will appear slowly as we learn to release control and become mindful.

Reviewed by Jodi Christophe

Hot Happenings

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

Free computer classes this week

• Wednesday, “Unlock the Secrets of the Library,” 12:30-1:30 p.m.; “Computer Fundamentals,” 6-7 p.m.

Classes are free, but they are limited to six participants, so sign-up today by calling 721-BOOK.

• The Missoula Public Library and its branches will be closed on Monday, Dec. 31, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, in observance of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

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