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Come MANGO with the Missoula Public Library.

When people come to the library in search of language learning materials, they are often surprised to find that the library has a wonderful language learning tool right on its website.

MANGO languages focuses on practical conversation skills and includes instruction on vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. Lessons are developed by native speakers to help you understand the nuances of each language.

MPL also offers a MANGO languages class on Wednesday, from 12:30.-1:30 p.m. in the computer classroom. Call 721-BOOK to sign up and register early as space is limited.

You can get started on your own by going to www.missoulapubliclibrary.org, choose “Resources > Databases A-Z,” and then scroll down until you see the MANGO logo.

Using memory building exercises, critical thinking exercises and voice recognition software, MANGO languages helps you build on what you learn so you can adapt it to similar conversations in your everyday life.

Big Sky Branch hours for the academic year

The Missoula Public Library’s Big Sky branch hours are now Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. The Big Sky branch will be closed for Veterans Day on Nov. 12. For questions call 728-2400 Ext. 8605.

MPL November book groups

In “The Life of Pi,” Pi Patel grows up in Pondicherry India amidst the noise and excitement of his father’s zoo. When the family and zoo board a ship to emigrate to Canada, the ship sinks over the Pacific leaving only five survivors in a lifeboat: Pi, a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a Royal Bengal tiger. Pi must find the will and courage to stay at the top of the food chain in order to survive. This book is the winner of the Man Booker Prize.

Join in a lively discussion of “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in the board room. We won’t have a book discussion for December. Happy Holidays!

2nd Wednesday book group

The novel “Elegance of the Hedgehog” explores the absurd lives of the wealthy living in an elegant Paris apartment building as seen through the eyes of two of its residents. Join the discussion of this international bestseller by Muriel Barbery on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the library’s board room. The 2nd Wednesday Book Group is sponsored by the Friends of Missoula Public Library. Call Clara at 251-5921 for more information.

We Have It: Staff Book Reviews

“Charlotte’s Web” by E. B. White, Garth Williams (Illustrator). Harper & Brothers (HarperCollins Publishers), 1952.

Call number: J WHITE / JDVD CHARLOT/JCD WHITE

It is difficult for me to imagine that “Charlotte’s Web” hit its 60th anniversary on Oct. 15. Set in the barnyard of Homer Zuckerman, the heroic tale of friendship between a pig and a spider will touch every reader. Homer, the pig, is set to — how shall I say it – become bacon until Charlotte steps in. The other animals also play a role, as does Fern, Mr. Zuckerman’s niece. Through this mesmerizing tale, I learned to respect spiders and other small creatures, and even today it brings a warm smile to my face as I drift back in time to thoughts of Wilbur, Fern, Templeton and of course, Charlotte A. Cavatica.

Although I grew up on a farm, it was this book that brought that environment to life and helped me to appreciate every aspect of it – the smell of hay, whinnies of the horses, the beauty of fall mornings, and the delicate intricacies of a spider’s web. I could not recommend a title more for any reader, of any age or background, than the classic tale of “Charlotte’s Web.” Whether you are age 60 or 6, this story is timeless.

– 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 www.missoulapubliclibrary.org for more.

Free computer classes this week:

• Wednesday, Nov. 14, MANGO Languages, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Basic word processing, 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 Nov. 12 for Veterans Day.

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