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Learn how to read and then write your own poetry when local poet Emily Walter hosts a workshop focusing on contemporary poets and their work while writing and work-shopping your own poems.

This intensive course — which meets in the library’s Board Room on Monday nights for six weeks beginning on Monday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m. — will be an introduction to poetry referencing contemporary poets. This course will focus on the beginnings and endings of writing poems — how to start a poem from scratch, to how to revise an ending for optimal impact.

Walter holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.F.A. from Northern Michigan University. Her work has appeared in the publications 32 Poems, Blue Earth Review, High Country News and others.

Class size is limited to 12 participants and online registration is required. Registration opens on Monday, Oct. 2. Visit to register.

Library offers free online DMV tests

In partnership with the website — a company dedicated to driver safety and education — the Missoula Public Library now offers free online DMV practice tests to the public. The website, located at, offers patrons the chance to take car tests, motorcycle tests and commercial driver’s license tests, as well as download official Montana DMV driver’s manuals.

Writers’ Anonymous returns this month

Local writers can receive constructive criticism on their writing and provide feedback for others in a supportive environment during Writers' Anonymous, a writing group sponsored by the library that meets on Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the library's Board Room. This adult writing group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at the library.

Staff Reviews

“Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future” by A.S. King 2014, Little, Brown and Company Call Number: Y KING

This book begins with a sense of quiet desolation, as Glory is graduating from high school with no sense of future, or meaning, or true connection with another human being — plus a big aching hole in her life left by her mother who committed suicide when Glory was four. All this teen angst might tempt you to put the book down before page 50, but I assure you that any serious reader will be rewarded if they continue. In the midst of a mutual funk, Glory and Ellie (a long-time friend of convenience mainly because she lives in the hippie commune across the road) decide to drink a little beer mixed with something so surprising I’ll let you discover it for yourself. The result is that they both begin having visions of the distant ancestry and/or future of any person they look closely at. At first it seems unnerving, random, a bit trivial and probably a simple drug-like side effect. But as Glory probes deeper into her mother’s photographs and journals and begins to see coherent patterns in her visions of a future United States, she discovers a new connection with her grieving father and a profound sense of purpose in her own life. It’s a lot to squeeze into the life of a young adult heroine, but author A.S. King handles it wonderfully.

Reviewed by Dana McMurray

MakerSpace Offerings:

3D Printing 101 Workshop

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Come and learn about how to use MPL’s two 3D printers during this workshop. Topics covered include how to set up prints, where to find 3D objects online to print, and resources available for 3D modeling. Open to participants ages 18 and up. Space is limited to 6 participants per workshop. Register online at:

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. and Wednesday from noon to 5 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.

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

Tuesday from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.

Open to those ages 18 and older, and space is limited to six participants. This week’s workshop will focus on stringing.

Computer Classes:

Computer Fundamentals

Monday, Oct. 2, 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, Oct. 4, 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. We will cover basic functions and navigation.

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

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