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Montana is full of outdoor recreational opportunities, and Missoula Public Library can help you find the precise information needed to experience them. Our outdoor-related services and resources include: trail maps, hunting and fishing guides, information on local edible and poisonous flora, US Forest Service recreation guides, and regional topo map printing on-demand. Find a curated list of our resources at For on-demand topo maps, visit the Reference Desk at the main library. Happy trails!

Summer Reading Programs for Families

Kids and their parents can get a glimpse into prehistoric times when the Missoula Public Library’s 2018 Summer Reading Program continues its summer series of events for families this week with the program “Exploring Fossils” on Tuesday, July 10, at 2 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room. During this week’s activity, Kallie Moore of UM’s Paleontology Center will show us the wondrous things we can learn by digging up the past.

For more information about family activities offered during the Summer Reading Program, visit:

Memory Café returns

The Missoula Public Library’s Memory Café — which offers a safe, welcoming and supportive space for individuals experiencing memory loss and their caregivers and family members — meets at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, in the library’s Large Meeting Room.

This month, we’re celebrating America’s birthday with live music and a patriotic sing-a-long, along with some fun constitutional trivia.

World Wide Cinema

Explore the world through film when the library presents the July edition of its World Wide Cinema film series, which features a screening of a foreign film on Friday, July 13, at 7 p.m. in the library’s Large Meeting Room.

This month’s selection is “The Teacher,” which is a dark comedy from Slovakia and the Czech Republic with English subtitles and runs 103 minutes. Directed by Oscar Nominated Jan Hřebejk and loosely inspired by true events, this film is about an elementary school teacher who uses her students to manipulate their parents for her own gain. Lower level library doors will be open from 6:45-7:15 p.m.

Staff Reviews

“The City of Brass” by S.A. Chakraborty (Harper Voyager 2017) Call Number: New Books CHAKRABORT

“The City of Brass,” S.A. Chakraborty’s debut novel, was named one of the best books of 2017 by Library Journal. Open the pages and be swept away to an alternate Middle East of the eighteenth century, where legends of magic and mythological creatures abound.

Meet Nahri, a young woman with unique talents which she uses to hustle a meager living on the streets of Cairo. Nahri is skeptical of tales of mystical beings until she accidentally summons Dara, a djinn warrior. Dara recognizes her as more than human and escorts her to what he claims is her true homeland, a place beyond her wildest dreams.

Can Nahri hope to find happiness in a strange world so at odds with all she has ever known? Will she survive the web of political intrigue that surrounds her in the City of Brass? Read this book and find out. It’s a page-turner that will keep you up late reading.

Missoula Reads categories this title fits into: City or state in the title; Far, far away; Long, long time ago; SciFi or Fantasy

Reviewed by Laura Cote


Special MakerSpace Offerings

3D Printing 101 Workshop

Wednesday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m.

Topics covered include how to set up prints, where to find 3D objects online to print, and resources available for 3D modeling and scanning. Register online at:

Weekly MakerSpace Offerings:

Computer Electronics

Monday and Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m.

Do you have an interest in the Arduino microcontroller or the Linux operating system? Drop in and try out these platforms.

Open Hours

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

Open Hours allows visitors to explore the resources of the MakerSpace.

Community Creative Writing Workshop

Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Open, drop-in environment focusing on the creative writing workshop process.

Computer Classes

Files and Folders

Monday, July 9, 6 to 7 p.m. 

What is a flash drive and how do I use it? Where did the document go that I just saved? Get organized with all the basics of creating, renaming, moving, and deleting files and folders. Learn about the various ways to store files (hard drive, removable devices, CDs, and floppies) during this class.

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

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