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Blast off into a dystopian future with a recently released science fiction film when the library hosts this month’s installment of Cheap Date Night, with a film screening on Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in the library’s Large Meeting Room.

This month’s film takes place in Los Angeles in 2049, where a cop known as K hunts down android laborers who have gone rogue. But when he uncovers a shocking conspiracy involving the robots, K searches for the one person who might have answers: a law-enforcement agent who once had his job. Call 406-721-BOOK (2665) to find out the title of the film.

Appraisal Fair next Sunday

Patrons have the opportunity to discover the history, authenticity and value of their treasured objects while also supporting library programs when they attend the 7th Annual Friends of the Library Appraisal Fair, which occurs Sunday, March 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the library's Large Meeting Room.

Experienced appraisers from across Montana will be on hand to evaluate your family treasures and heirlooms, or any object that you own and happen to be curious about. Appraisals are $10 for each object, or $15 for two.

The appraisers include Lochlan Gordon, who specializes in clocks, documents, and antique firearms; Allen Rodgers, who specializes in jewelry and art; Andrea Merrill-Maker, who specializes in books; and Steve Briggs, who specializes in gold and gemstone jewelry, as well as coins.

Staff Reviews

“Fuzzy Mud” by Louis Sacher (2015, Delecorte Press) Call Number: JMID SACHER

This is another winner by the author of the bestseller “Holes,” blending credible relationship drama with an equally credible sci-fi plot about runaway bioengineering.

Fifth-grader Tamaya and seventh-grader Marshall have been walking to and from their private school ever since elementary school. Tamaya is squirming under her do-gooder reputation and Marshall is struggling with his inability to deal with a relentless bully. To avoid a face-off with the bully, Marshall takes Tamaya on a different route home through tangled woods. They get lost, Marshall climbs a hill alone to get oriented, Tamaya encounters the bully, and both of them get exposed to the “fuzzy mud” with life-threatening consequences.

The effective suspense device is the use of interspersed chapters of testimony from congressional hearings that chronicle the spread of the fuzzy mud. It’s all a nice weaving of evolving characters and evolving micro-organisms. Think Michael Crichton for middle-schoolers — and anyone else who appreciates effective middle-grade novels.

Reviewed by Dana McMurray

Big Sky Branch Events 

Book Madness Returns

Our March Madness-style tournament of books returns this year. Sixty-four book titles will face off from genres like sci-fi, mystery, horror, fantasy and more. Online voting started March 7, so be sure to vote for your favorites and be entered to win prizes. Visit to vote.

Upcoming MakerSpace classes:

Carvey Demonstration

Wednesday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Learn about how you can make simple ornaments, signs and other cool things during this workshop that features a demonstration of Carvey — a desktop carving machine that can carve designs and text into wood, plastic, and other materials.

Space is limited to 6 participants and online registration is required. Register online at:

Introduction to Electronics and Microcontrollers

Saturday, March 24, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Join us for a hands-on introduction to the Arduino programmable circuit board. By the end of this hands-on workshop you will have the skills you need to understand basic circuits, to connect various electronics components, and to write the software required to make everything work together. No electronics background is required, and we will provide everything you need.

This class is open to those aged 18 years and older. Space is limited to six participants and online registration is required. Register online at

Weekly MakerSpace Offerings:

Open Hours

Tuesday 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. 

Open Hours allows visitors to explore the resources of the MakerSpace, or to work on a project of their choice.

Computer Electronics

Mondays and Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m.

Community Creative Writing Workshop

Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Watercolor Painting Class

Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room

This class is open to adults ages 18 and older. Participants should bring their own watercolor paper, paints, brushes, and a palette.  

Computer Classes:

Beginning Word

Monday, March 12, from 6 to 7 p.m.

An introduction to word processing — including how to create a document, manipulate the text and font, and use templates.

Easy Steps to eBooks

Thursday, March 15, from noon to 1 p.m.

This class is an introduction and overview of the eBook resources available at the library. The instructor will cover how to use various eReaders to access the library’s collection. Attendees are encouraged to bring their eReaders to class.

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

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