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The Missoula Public Library’s Big Read 2018 — which celebrates author Ursula K. Le Guin’s books “A Wizard of Earthsea” and “Catwings”— continues this week with an array of events for patrons of all ages. All events are bolded and listed below.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin at the Roxy Theater

Sunday, Oct. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Enjoy a free screening of the film “Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin” for the Big Read at the Roxy Theater, located at 718 S. Higgins Ave.

Fantastic identity: How fantasy fiction helps us answer the question “Who am I?”

Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room

Kim Anderson and Samantha Dwyer of Humanities Montana will facilitate a community discussion that explores the theme of self-identity in fantasy fiction. How does reading books like “A Wizard of Earthsea” and other fantasy novels help us understand ourselves? Be prepared to engage in a fascinating discussion.

Magic in animation film screening with MCAT

Tuesday, Oct. 16, and Thursday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m. at MCAT, 500 N. Higgins Ave. Suite 105

Young Adults are invited to MCAT to explore the magic of animation during this animation camp for kids. Projects/stories will be examined through the lens of film. Call MCAT at 542-6228 for further details.

Morphing creature creation

Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Computer Classroom

Learn how to 3D model a fantastic creature using the program Sculptris. The class will go over common functions of Sculptris, with time allotted to creatively make your own creature.

This class is for those ages 13 and older. Online registration is required by visiting:

Great American Read pre-screening

Join us for a special pre-screening of a full episode of PBS’s Great American Read Television series at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, in the Large Meeting Room. The theme for this week’s episode is “Other Worlds.” Attendees will see the entire episode a day before it is broadcast on television.

Cheap date night

Bring a date for a fantastical night in front of a big screen when the library hosts October’s installment of Cheap Date Night, which features a screening of an epic fantasy film on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room.

This month’s film is about a young man named Willow Ufgood, who finds an abandoned baby girl and learns she is destined to end the reign of the wicked Queen Bavmorda. In order to protect the child, Willow must team up with a rogue swordsman to overcome the forces of darkness in the ultimate battle of good versus evil. Call 721-BOOK (2665) for the title of the film.

Staff Reviews

“Word After Word After Word” by Patricia MacLachlan (2010, HarperCollins) Call Number: J MACLACH

This is another wonderful book from author Patricia MacLachlan: concise and poetic, with a quiet but still poignant arc.

A small group of friends experiences the month-long visit of a writer to their fourth-grade class. She is quirky, powerful, provocative, and inspiring. The story is told from the point of view of Lucy, who, witnessing her mom’s struggle with cancer, has lost her sense of hope and trust in the world. All the characters are given life, though the focus is clearly on the kids — with illuminating poems by each of them.

The only hesitation I have is that the children are so articulate and kind-hearted that the story sometimes feel unrealistic. It would be wonderfully nurturing to be among that group of friends and in the classroom with the visiting writer — though we all know many children who are not like these. Despite that, it’s a joy to read MacLachan’s elegant prose and to watch the children’s hearts and minds expand through the help of the writer and each other.

Reviewed by Dana McMurray

Weekly MakerSpace Offerings:

Open Hours

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m., Wednesday from noon  to 5 p.m., Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m.    

Community creative writing workshop

Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Drop-in environment focusing on the creative writing workshop process

Computer classes

Operating Systems: Ubuntu

Thursday, Oct. 18 from noon to 1 p.m.

Come learn about Ubuntu, the open source Linux-based operating system that offers users a host of free software tools and customization of their user experience. Topics covered include navigation of the Ubuntu desktop environment and system settings.

Registration is required to attend MPL’s computer classes. Call 406-721-BOOK (2665) to register.


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