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The Missoula Public Library is looking for citizens who want to help close the digital divide in Missoula while also honing their instruction skills. Specifically, the library seeks enthusiastic and tech savvy volunteers with a desire to guide fellow Missoulians along the path of digital literacy by volunteering as a computer class instructor.

Examples of classes you would teach as a volunteer computer class instructor include computer fundamentals, beginning use of Microsoft Word, introduction to email, internet searching and similar topics. Learn more about volunteering as a computer class instructor by visiting https://tinyurl.com/y7eyyfuj.

The library’s MakerSpace — which is located on the first floor of the library next to Web Alley — is also seeking volunteers to assist with teaching classes on a variety of maker, art, and tech-related subjects. Specifically, the MakerSpace is interested in finding volunteers who would like to teach classes on subjects such as 3D modeling, soldering, sewing, robotics, basic electronics, computer coding, as well as any art or soft-art related classes. If you’re interested in volunteering at the MakerSpace, please contact Senior MakerSpace Associate Ira Sather-Olson by emailing iraso@missoula.lib.mt.us or by calling 406-317-2667.

Library closed on Presidents' Day

The Missoula Public Library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19, for the Presidents' Day holiday. It will reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. During its closure, patrons can still drop off items to MPL’s book drops, as well as renew items or place holds online by visiting our website, located at missoulapubliclibrary.org.

Staff Reviews

“Tunnel Vision” by Susan Adrian (Thomas Dunne Books, 2014) Call Number: Y ADRIAN

Eighteen-year-old Jake is doing well in school (with a chance at Stanford), has a best friend and a new crush, loves his mom and younger sister, and is grieving for his father, who he thinks has died. However, he also has a paranormal ability that more than one group would like to control: Jake can “tunnel.” When he holds an object, he can know precisely where the objects’ owner is, as well as everything that person is sensing, saying, and thinking.

Early in the story, Jake is basically kidnapped by agents from DARPA (The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and coerced to help them — in order to save lives, avoid the other malevolent groups, and keep his own family safe. But it turns out that helping DARPA drags Jake deeper and deeper into an existence that damages him physically, confines him like a prisoner, and seems to eliminate all his future plans for a normal life. The powerful metaphor/question in this story is how to respond when you find yourself totally trapped and rendered powerless. Jake shows admirable resilience, ingenuity, and courage in his efforts to resist and free himself and his family from a life of forced labor, however noble that labor’s cause may appear. The writing is brisk and skillful, and the main characters are powerfully sympathetic. This is the first of a two-book series.

Reviewed by Dana McMurray

Big Sky Branch Events:

Make It and Take It Crafts

Thursday, Feb. 22 at 2:30 p.m.

Please join us at the Big Sky Branch for the program “Make It and Take It Crafts.” This week we will be making t-shirt tote bags.

For more information about programs at the Big Sky Branch, call 406-728-2400, Ext. 8605.

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. 

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.

Do you have an interest in the Arduino microcontroller or the Linux operating system? Come in and try out this platform during the drop-in program Computer Electronics.

Community Creative Writing Workshop

Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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

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. For questions, call 406-258-3867 and leave a message.

Computer Classes:

Excel

Thursday, Feb. 22, from noon to 1 p.m.

An introduction to the basic features of Microsoft Excel. Topics include entering data and formulas. The class assumes the student has some experience with Windows and using a mouse.

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

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