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Missoula Public Library

As part of its “A New Way to Library” series of programs — and in collaboration with the University of Montana’s Griz Read program — the library presents “A New Way to Share,” a presentation with “Lentil Underground” author Liz Carlisle, along with MPL Children’s Librarian Pam Carlton, with the event occurring on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Missoula Food Bank, located at 1720 Wyoming St.

During her presentation, Carlisle will offer a demo/tasting of cooked lentils (featuring recipe sheets for patrons to take home), along with a question and answer component where audience members can ask about her book.

Visit for a complete list of “A New Way to Library” events.

Presentation on local agriculture projects occurs Monday

In conjunction with the University of Montana's Griz Read program, the Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO) and the Five Valleys Seed Library will host a presentation on Monday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. in MPL's Large Meeting Room.

During this presentation, audience members will learn about AERO's history and current local agriculture projects, as well as hear strategies for improving soil health in your own yard or garden. Attendees will also get resources to take further action in the local agriculture movement, information on soil building and health, free seeds for soil building courtesy of the Five Valleys Seed Library, as well as Montana lentil dishes to snack on.

Active Aging Week

Beginning on Sunday, Sept. 24, MPL celebrates Active Aging Week, which is a weeklong national campaign that celebrates and promotes the positivity of aging.

According to the Active Aging Week website, the campaign "challenges society’s diminished expectations of aging by showing that, regardless of age or health conditions, adults over 50 can live as fully as possible in all areas of life — physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, vocational and environmental."

Events kick off at the library on Sept. 24 with the program “Poetry Workshop with Caroline Patterson of Missoula Writing Collaborative," which meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in MPL's Large Meeting Room. During this program participants will use poetry to explore themselves in a creative way. No poetry experience is necessary. Registration encouraged, so call the library at 406-721-BOOK (2665) to reserve your space.

For a full list of Active Aging Week events occurring at MPL, visit

Staff Reviews

“The Golem and the Jinni” by Helene Wecker (Harper, New York, 2013) Call Number: WECKER

So many books, so little time! Avid readers know the importance of ensuring that a book is a good match for them before they invest their precious time in reading it. If you enjoy a quick, straightforward read with scant description and no flashbacks, this is not for you. If you delight in a richly-woven tapestry of characters and settings which loops intricately through time, this jewel will reward your patience.

First-time novelist Helene Wecker combines historical fiction with fantasy, along the lines of author Diana Gabaldon, in a tale rooted in Arab and Jewish mythology. The Golem (a woman of clay) and the Jinni (a spirit of fire) meet at the turn of the 20th century in the immigrant neighborhoods of New York City. Both are struggling to find a place in human society, unaware that a maleficent being seeks to harness their powers for its own ends. Will they survive? Find out for yourself!

READ…More! Categories this book fits into: Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Reviewed by Laura Cote

MakerSpace Offerings

Zentangle Tuesday Workshop

Tuesday, Sept. 19, from noon to 2 p.m.

Find out how to learn the process of Zentangle drawing during this workshop. Space is limited to six participants, and online registration is required.

Computer Electronics

Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m.

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

Open Hours

Tuesday from 3:30 to 6 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 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.

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

Intro to Email

Monday, Sept. 18, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Learn the basics of creating an email account and writing a message, including adding attachments and sending messages.

Easy steps to eBooks

Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 12:30 to 1:30 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 406-721-2665 to register.

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