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Missoula Public Library

Starting Sunday, Sept. 24, the Missoula Public Library joins other communities across the country to celebrate Active Aging Week, which is a week-long national campaign that celebrates and promotes the positivity of aging.Below is a complete list of Active Aging Week events occurring at MPL. Call the Reference Desk at 406-721-BOOK (2665) with any questions.

Poetry Workshop

Sunday, Sept. 24, 1-2:30 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room

Workshop by Caroline Patterson of the Missoula Writing Collaborative. Early registration encouraged.

Public Transit Talk

Monday, Sept. 25, 1-2:30 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room

Features a presentation by Mountain Line's Outreach Coordinator. The event includes the talk, a bus field trip, and snacks. Early registration encouraged.

AARP: Life, Reimagined

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 5:45-8:15 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room

Workshop with Le Kelleher of Missoula Aging Services. Snacks will be provided. Registration required, visit to register

Afternoon Matinee: Hip Hop-Eration

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2-4 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room

After the film, local Oula instructor Kelli Caballero will demonstrate sample exercises.

Missoula Aging Services

Friday, Sept. 29, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on the First Floor Lobby

Sign-up for volunteering with SeniorCorps in the library’s first floor lobby.

A New Way to Library series concludes this week

The library’s month-long program series, “A New Way to Library,” concludes this week with the program “A New Way to Library: Form, Function, Design & Mission,” which occurs from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, in MPL’s Large Meeting Room. It will feature comments from leaders of the Missoula Public Library, the Library Foundation, A&E Architects, and MSR Design.

Holds and overdue notification email changes

Due to recent changes in its cataloging system, all MPL patrons who receive notifications about holds and overdue notices via email will need make a quick change in their email preferences. All auto-generated emails regarding holds and overdue notices will now come from the sender "Your Local Library" with the email address

MPL patrons will need to mark this email address as safe in their email accounts, otherwise these notices will go into spam and junk folders.

Staff Reviews

“Fear Agent” by Rick Remender (Dark Horse Comics, 2012) Call number: GL REMENDE V. 1

Heath Huston is a whiskey-drinking, Mark Twain-quoting, good ol’ boy from Texas. He’s also an alien exterminator who plies the space lanes far from earth, drifting from job to job in a perpetual self-induced drunken haze.

Rick Remender’s “Fear Agent” pokes fun at the tropes of pulp science fiction in the best way. All the familiar elements are there: a bubble-helmeted spaceman action hero with a ray gun and a jet pack, an old-fashioned rocket ship, giant green alien monsters with tentacles, desperate battles with primitive alien savages on strange worlds, and the occasional skin-tight jumpsuit-wearing damsel in distress.

But hard-hitting emotional storylines and unforeseeable plot twists give the story real bones beneath its veneer of old-timey space opera clichés. Its unpredictable nature and serial style always leaves the reader guessing at what will come next, and the beautiful, vibrant illustrations by renowned graphic novel artists Tony Moore and Jerome Opeña are perfect for bringing the zany characters and alien worlds to life.

                                     Reviewed by Brian Doyle

MakerSpace Offerings

Beginning Coding for Kids using the Raspberry Pi 3 and Scratch

Mondays, Oct. 2, 16, 23, 30, and Monday, Nov. 2, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Computer Classroom

Kids interested in animation, gaming and creating something fun to share with friends can join this after school class, which meets for five Monday afternoons in the Computer Classroom and will teach the basics of the kid-friendly programming language Scratch using the Raspberry Pi 3 interface. This class is open to children ages 8-12, and class size is limited to 6 participants.

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

Community Creative Writing Workshop

Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Computer Classes

Internet Searching 

Monday, Sept. 25, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Learn how to use the Internet in order to effectively find information. The class also includes security tips.


Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Familiarize yourself with Facebook. Learn how to set up an account and how to use basic features. This class is for those who don’t have an account or who are new to Facebook.

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

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