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Missoula Public Library

Missoula Public Library

If you completed the 2017 year-long reading challenge, be sure to bring your completed reading journal or log to the library’s reference desk by Saturday, Dec. 30, for staff verification. A fabulous prize will be awarded to all successful participants in early 2018.

The 2018 edition of the year-long adult reading challenge — which has been renamed to Missoula Reads — will begin Wednesday, Jan. 3, when the year-long reading list and reading journals will be available at our reference desk.

Library to be closed for Christmas and New Year’s holidays

The Missoula Public Library will be closed on the dates of Sunday, Dec. 24, Monday, Dec. 25, and Tuesday, Dec. 26, during the Christmas holiday. The library also will be closed the following week on Sunday, Dec. 31, as well as on Monday, Jan. 1, for the upcoming New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day holidays.

During the times it is closed, patrons can still drop off materials to MPL’s book drops, as well as check on their accounts and place holds online through our catalog, located at For more information, call 406-721-BOOK (2665).

Wednesday Afternoon Matinee this week

Escape the freezing cold and warm up with a screening of a recently released film when the library hosts a Wednesday Afternoon Matinee, which occurs at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27, in the library’s Large Meeting Room.

This week’s movie is about an Amazonian Warrior Princess named Diana, who left her lush tropical island to dwell in our urban cityscapes of glass and steel. Tutored in the ways of the Greek warriors, and outfitted with incredible gifts the Goddess bestowed upon her people, she becomes Paradise Island's emissary to civilization.

Call 406-721-BOOK (2665) to find out the title of the movie.

Staff Reviews

“Ready Player One” by Ernst Cline (Crown Publishers, 2011) Call Number: CLINE (Adult Fiction), Y CLINE (Young Adult Fiction), LT CLINE (Large Type)

“Ready Player One” is a fast-moving sci-fi adventure story, a wish-fulfillment fantasy for people deeply into videogames, and a gleefully-thrown-together smorgasbord of 1980s nostalgia and pop-culture references. Read the book before the Steven Spielberg-directed movie comes out in March 2018.

The story is simple: in 2045, an ongoing energy crisis has caused such dystopian misery in the physical world that everyone who can afford the electricity retreats to a virtual world, the OASIS. The OASIS, created years before by a reclusive tech genius named James Halliday, is more than just a virtual playground. You can work, go to school, vote, and live almost your entire life within its various planets and universes; it’s a global monopoly, without which 21st-century life would be unbearable for most of the world’s population.

When Halliday dies, he leaves his entire fortune hidden within the OASIS, as a series of Easter eggs (hidden riddles and treasures) that can only be found by players who have carefully studied the source material for Halliday’s obsessions— the nerd culture of Halliday’s 1980s childhood. Our hero, teenager Wade Watts, and his rivals-turned-teammates have done exactly that. No arcade game, D&D manual, or fantasy/sci-fi movie, from “WarGames” to “Ladyhawke,” is too obscure for them. But as they race to be the first to find Halliday’s fortune, Wade and his friends face dangers in both the virtual and physical worlds, and discover that the fate of the OASIS itself is in their hands.

Reviewed by Heather Thams

Big Sky Branch holiday hours:

Closed on Monday, Dec. 25, and Tuesday, Dec. 26

Open from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27, and Thursday, Dec. 28

For more information, call the branch at 728-2400, Ext. 8605

Weekly MakerSpace Offerings:

Computer Electronics

Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. 

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

Watercolor Painting Class

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

Develop the skills and techniques necessary to enjoy and succeed at watercolor painting. 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 Robert at 406-258-3867 and leave a message.

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

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