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Is it Missoula Public Library or Hollywood?

If you’re one of those people who takes notes of happenings at the Missoula Public Library, you may have noticed that we have been showing a greater number of films lately. You asked and we delivered. We have our regular monthly films such as Cheap Date Night (recent popular films on the third Friday of each month), Afternoon Matinees (twice a month classic films on Wednesday afternoons), and World-Wide Cinema (award-winning foreign films the second Friday evening of the month), but this summer we also have added a number of other great films to our library schedule. We have our new Global Lens Film series (curated feature films from other nations) and special films in honor of different monthly events such as Independence Day, National Culinary Month or our summer reading program. Looking at the schedule for the upcoming week, there are no less than six free films at Missoula Public Library.

• Tuesday, July 10, 7:00 p.m. Global Lens film, Grey Matter (Rwanda 2011).

• Wednesday, July 11, 2:00 p.m. Afternoon matinee, Pillow Talk! (1959 classic starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson).

• Wednesday, July 11, 7:00 p.m. Adult summer reading film, The Princess Bride (1987 American romantic comedy).

• Thursday, July 12, 2:00 p.m. Kid’s summer reading film, Bedtime Stories (starring Adam Sandler).

• Friday, July 13, 7:00 p.m. World-Wide Cinema, King of Devil’s Island (Norway 2010).

• Saturday, July 14, 1:00 p.m. Osprey Baseball Day, The Bad News Bears (2005 comedy).

So, come on down and experience some great summer films at the library. We have a big screen, blue ray player, and state of the art surround sound. Best of all, our movies always are free.

We have it: Staff reviews

If your book club is going “nowhere” this summer, reserve one of Missoula Public Library’s free book chat bags to get a taste of places far away without ever leaving your armchair (or hammock).

• State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. HarperCollins, 2011.

Patchett’s latest heads deep into the Amazonian jungle, where researches study how women of a certain tribe remain fertile their entire lives. When a scientist dies, researcher Marina Singh is sent down to find out what is going on. Confronted by heat, hidden dangers, and a complicated past with one of the field scientists, Marina must reevaluate her convictions regarding science, technology, and self. Enjoy the fast pace and beautiful writing.

• Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner. Twelve, 2009.

For a fun-filled frolic around the world, follow National Public Radio correspondent Eric Weiner on a journey to discover not only what makes people happy, but where people proclaim to be the happiest and why. Will self-acknowledged grump Weiner uncover the “key” to happiness?

• Passage to India by E.M. Forster. Vintage (reprint), 1984.

Head east with Forster’s classic 1924 novel, which uncovers the complexities of British colonialism in India. New to India, Miss Adela and Mrs. Moore set out to explore some caves with an Indian physician – Dr. Aziz. An ambiguous event in the caves sets off a legal battle turning British against Indian and calling the meaning of allegiance and friendship into question.

MPL book chat bags include ten copies of a title, plus author information, discussion questions, reviews and more. Reserve your copy by calling 721-2665, emailing, or stopping by the reference desk.

Reviewed by Molly Ledermann

Hot Happenings

Here’s a sampling of some of the great free programs coming up at Missoula Public Library. There’s lots more on our events calendar at

• Story time with the Missoula Osprey. Nothing goes together better than baseball and books-two American classics! Join us for a very special storytime in the children’s area at Missoula Public Library on Saturday, July 14 at 11:00 a.m. as members of the Missoula Osprey baseball team come to read to kids. Ollie the Osprey, the team mascot, will be here and there will be lots of fun with give-aways and autographs. Then cheer on your own Missoula Ospreys at 7:05 p.m. when they take on the Orem Owlz at Osprey Stadium.

• Book Clubs. On Tuesday, July 10, our MPL Book Group will be discussing The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach at 7:00 p.m. in the small meeting room. On Wednesday, July 11, at 7:00 p.m. our Second Wednesday Book Club will focus on Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. The book clubs are open to the public and welcome new members.

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