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Hop on the Missoula Public Library’s Web on Wheels (W.O.W.) bus at one of its scheduled stops this month and you can take advantage of a new service it’s offering that covers basic computer maintenance techniques.

You can learn how to set up free virus scan programs, clean up your hard drive, compress your memory, delete old programs and more.

Here’s the updated W.O.W. bus schedule for December:

• Dec. 12 – Glengarra Place, 9 a.m.-noon; Arlee Library, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

• Dec. 13 – Village Senior, 9 a.m.-noon; Vantage Villa, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

• Dec. 18 –Clinton School, 9 a.m.-noon; Potomac Community Center, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

• Dec. 19 – Grizzly Peak Retirement, 9 a.m.-noon, Poverello Center, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

• Dec. 20 –Woodman School 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Call 531-8400 for more info, or visit missoulapubliclibrary.org/branches/wow.

100 Authors Display visits Missoula Public Library

Feel like someone is looking over your shoulder? Don’t worry – that’s just one of 100 authors who are visiting MPL for the month of December.

“100 Authors” is a display built by the Natrona Public Library of Casper, Wyo., to celebrate its centennial. In 10, 6-foot tall, free-standing posters, the authors tell us why libraries are important and how libraries helped to inspire, teach and nurture them.

The displays also feature biographical sketches and descriptions of books for some of the authors.

‘Wii Wednesdays’ return to library

After a month-long absence the Young Adult program “Wii Wednesdays” is back in the lineup for December.

Teens ages 13 to 19 are invited to play Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Mario Kart, GameCubes and more.

Plan to meet friends in the Young Adult section of the library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. each Wednesday of this month.

Participants are welcome to bring in their own games as well. For more information, call the Young Adult desk at 721-BOOK during library hours.

We Have It: Staff Book Reviews

“The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” by Brian Selznick

Scholastic Press, 2007, JMID SELZNICK

Neither pure prose nor graphic novel, this book is groundbreaking in its blend of double-spread pencil illustrations and rich text.

Hugo is a 12-year-old boy hiding out in the attics and ventilation ducts of a Paris train station. His father has died and Hugo spends his melancholy days keeping all the clocks in the station wound (from behind the scenes) so that the station master doesn’t know the real clock keeper has disappeared.

Hugo steals food and drink to stay alive, and he steals toys to stay somehow connected to his father, who loved mechanical creations.

Sensing a link to his father as well as to his own destiny, Hugo struggles to finish a mechanical man he was helping his father repair.

He is finally caught by the Toymaker, makes friends with the girl who lives with the man and his wife, meets the girl’s friend who loves movies, and discovers that the Toymaker is the once famous filmmaker Georges Melies.

Through a suspenseful climax, the filmmaker helps Hugo find a sense of belonging and Hugo helps bring long-lost recognition back to Melies. This is a grand cinematic book.

Review by Dana McMurray

Hot Happenings

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

Free computer classes this week

• Monday – Beginning Word, 6-7 p.m.

• Wednesday – Easy Steps to eBooks, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Beginning Word, 6-7 p.m.

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

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