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The Missoula Public Library’s leadership is still doing analysis on the outcome of Tuesday’s election results. We do want to take this moment to extend a big thank you to everyone who has supported MPL’s expansion efforts over the last several months, and helped tell the library’s story.

Stay tuned for more details, and the next steps in the process.

International Games Day on Saturday

Game it up with your family and friends when the Missoula Public Library joins over a thousand libraries worldwide in hosting International Games Day, which occurs at the library on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room. This is the sixth year that MPL has hosted the event, and patrons of all ages are welcome to stop by and play on our Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 gaming systems, as well as play our board games and card games. Patrons are also welcome to bring their own games from home to play with others.

Origami group hosts final demonstration

The local origami group known as The Cranium will finish up its goal to fold 1,000 origami peace cranes when it hosts its final origami folding demonstration at the library from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. on Saturday. The group will be hosting this demo at the two tables in front of the large display case, located in the downstairs foyer, and patrons of all ages are welcome to join in on the folding festivities.

Cheap Date Night returns

Bring a date and enjoy a recent flick during this month’s installment of Cheap Date Night, which features a screening of a recent feature film at 7 p.m. Friday in the Large Meeting Room.

This month’s film follows the plight of the USS Enterprise, which has been ambushed by Krall, a ruthless enemy sworn against the Federation. Crash-landing on an uncharted hostile world, Captain Kirk, Spock, and their crew are separated with no means of escape.

To find out the title of this movie, call 721-2665.

We Have It: Staff Reviews

“Hardwiring Happiness” by Rick Hanson (Harmony, 2013) Call Number: 158 HANSON

This book is comfort, inspiration, and guidance all rolled into one, and Rick Hanson is the perfect teacher for many of us seeking more happiness and self-actualization. He’s got the research background to be credible, the educator’s skills to be accessible, and the sincere searcher’s humility to be encouraging without being judgmental. His enthusiasm is welcoming versus admonishing, like some other self-growth leaders. His guidance is based on both years of brain science, and his own experience using the techniques he describes.

Using research findings on neuroplasticity, and the proven fact that “neurons that fire together wire together,” Hanson has created a simple acronym for increasing happiness and well-being: HEAL. It means to have a positive experience; enrich it; absorb it; link positive and negative material. It seems deceptively simple, but if you try it, you’ll realize how subtle but powerful the approach is – and how many positive experiences we have each day that we breeze by without appreciating.

Reviewed by Dana McMurray

Hot Happenings

MakerSpace offerings

Computer Electronics: 3-6 p.m. Monday and Thursday.

Do you have an interest in the Arduino platform? Come in and try out this and other electronics platforms during Computer Electronics time. 

Community Creative Writing Workshop: 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Community Creative Writing Workshop is an open, drop-in environment focusing on the creative writing workshop process.

Open Hours: 3-6 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday.

Open Hours allows visitors to explore the resources of the MakerSpace, learn how to use its equipment, or to work on a project of their choice.

Watercolor Painting: Noon-2 p.m. Friday.

Drop-in watercolor painting class for any level, featuring an individual approach for skill, and a group focus for subject and compositional techniques. Open to those ages 18 and up.

Computer Classes

Beginning Word: 6-7 p.m. Monday.

This class features an introduction to word processing, including how to create a document, manipulate the text and fonts, and use templates.

East Steps to eBooks: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

This class is an introduction and overview of eBook resources available at the library. Attendees are encouraged to bring their eReaders to class.

Registration is required to attend MPL’s computer classes. Call 721-2665 to secure your spot.

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