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Missoula Public Library

Missoula Public Library

Help out those in need and get rid of your overdue fines when the library hosts Food for Fines, which occurs Sunday-Saturday, Dec. 3-9, at the Missoula Public Library’s main branch. The premise of Food for Fines is simple: Bring in nonperishable food items to donate to the Missoula Food Bank, and your overdue fines are forgiven.

Please note that donations are only applicable to overdue fines, and cannot be used for fines related to lost or damaged items, or Inter-library Loan fines.

The Missoula Food Bank suggests donating these kinds of foods: canned tuna or meat, peanut butter, canned items (fruits, vegetables, beans), pasta, baby food, whole-grain items and flour, among other items. A full list of the Food Bank’s suggested donation needs can be found at:

In order to ensure food safety, the Food Bank cannot accept homemade items, noncommercial canned or packaged items, alcoholic beverages or drink mixes, open or used items, rusty or unlabeled cans, as well as canned goods two years past the expiration date, and dry goods one year past the expiration date. Call 406-721-BOOK (2665) for more information.

Community Copyright Workshop

Local intellectual property attorneys Sarah Rhoades and Mitch Vap — in conjunction with the American Intellectual Property Law Association and Intellectual Property Law Section of the Montana State Bar — will host a presentation on general copyright laws and the processes of submitting a copyright application during a Community Copyright Workshop, which occurs on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room.

After their presentation, the attorneys will be available to answer questions and assist in completing copyright applications either in paper form or electronically.

If you want to complete the copyright application online, bring your own computer and a payment source for filing fees online.

World Wide Cinema

Explore stories from abroad when the library hosts the December installment of its World Wide Cinema movie series, with a movie screening on Friday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room. This month’s film is "The Light Between Oceans," which was filmed on location in Australia and New Zealand. It is set in 1918, and follows a lighthouse keeper and his wife who live off the coast of Western Australia and rescue a baby from a drifting rowboat.

Staff Reviews

“Pieces of Happiness: A Novel of Friendship, Hope and Chocolate” by Anne Ostby (Doubleday, New York, 2017) Call number: OSTBY

Anne Ostby is a Norwegian author whose book has been translated by her daughter, Marie.

The plot focuses on four friends from high school who receive a letter from a fifth friend, Kat, which contains an invitation and a challenge … to walk the last leg of their lives together at her cocoa plantation, to create a home together. Kat has lived her life traveling across the world doing good deeds with her husband, Niklas. The other four have lived fairly unremarkable lives: as a schoolteacher, clerk, accountant, and wife. All have undiscovered potential, hidden hurts and secrets, and a longing to reconnect with each other and with their own selves.

The author introduces elements of Fijian culture, language and social conditions that are interesting. She explores interpersonal relationships not only between the women but also between the women and their children, spouses (those who have been married), and local Fiji natives. This is a delightful story with depth, charm, and chocolate.

READ…More Categories this title fits into: Published in 2017, Book in Translation, Food in the Title

Reviewed by Marjorie Doyle

Special MakerSpace Offerings:

Wednesday Night Jewelry Workshop (meets in the library director’s office, upstairs near the Reference Desk)

Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.

Join local jewelry makers for this workshop, which meets twice a month.

3D Printing 101 Workshop

Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Come and learn about how to use MPL’s two 3D printers during this workshop.

Weekly MakerSpace Offerings:

Computer Electronics

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

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

Computer Fundamentals

Monday, Dec. 4, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Learn about the various components of a computer, including managing your desktop and how to open programs. No experience necessary.

My iPad and My iPhone

Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

An introductory class for iPad and iPhone users who would like to become more comfortable with their devices. This class covers basic functions and navigation.

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

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