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Missoula Public Library

Missoula Public Library

Let your love of books and marshmallow candy merge into a creative endeavor when MPL invites you to create a shoebox-sized diorama using Peeps candy to showcase a literary allusion or theme and enter it into our very own MPL Peeps Show contest. This is a chance to pay homage to a favorite character or recreate a scene from a beloved book using these marshmallow goodies.

For contest entry rules and more specifics, visit

The timeline for the Peeps Show is as follows:

  • March 28- April 5: Bring your diorama to the Children’s Department for display.
  • April 6-16: Peeple’s Choice voting, with ballots available at the Children’s Department.
  • April 18: Announcement of winners.
  • April 23: Deadline to pick up dioramas.

Altered Books Workshop this weekend

Nurture your artistic side by giving discarded books a second life as works of art when MPL hosts a special “Altered Books Workshop” from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Large Meeting Room.

All books and art materials are provided, and this event is open to all ages and abilities.

MPL participates in NaPoWriMo

As part of MPL’s Poetry to the People series of events during the month of April, the library will be participating in NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month), a project in which poets attempt to write a poem a day for the entire month of April.

The library invites poets who wish to share their work to email their poems to for posting on MPL’s Facebook page.

Children’s Department seeks used toys

The Children’s Department at the Missoula Public Library is looking for gently used toys in good condition in order to compile a lendable toy kit. This kit will be checked out just like our current Storytime Kits.

The department is looking for easily washable toys, such as those made of hard rubber, plastic, or wood. Toys not suitable for this project include: LEGOs, puzzles over 10 pieces, stuffed animals, and toys with many removable pieces. Please bring donated toys to the Children’s Desk.

For more information, call the department at 721-2665.

We Have It: Staff Reviews

“Recipes for Love and Murder” by Sally Andrew (New York: Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015). Call Number: EBOOK

Fans of Alexander McCall Smith who enjoy the Botswana setting of his “No. 1 Ladies Detective” mysteries now have another area of Africa to explore with this new mystery series, which is available through the library in eBook form.

Author McCall Smith calls this book vivid, enjoyable and immensely amusing, and I would agree. Set in contemporary South Africa in the Western Cape area, and liberally sprinkled with Afrikaans language (with a glossary), the story follows the search for the killer of the wife of an abusive husband.

With suspects galore and a little love interest, the local newspaper’s food-turned-advice columnist finds herself in the midst of the investigation with her colleague, the paper’s investigative reporter.

The book’s author, Sally Andrew, lives in a nature preserve in the area represented in her first work of fiction. The recipes, which are included in the back of the book, are mainly traditional South African dishes including stews, bread and cakes. This book might even inspire a cooking adventure.

Reviewed by retired Reference Librarian Marjorie Doyle

Hot Happenings

Here’s a sampling of some free programs coming up at the Missoula Public Library. Check the full events calendar at

MakerSpace offerings

Open hours: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Computer Electronics: 3-6 p.m. Mondays Thursdays.

Jewelry Making Workshop: 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Watercolor Painting Drop-In Class: Noon-2 p.m. Fridays in the Large Meeting Room.

Computer Programming Through Minecraft: 1-2:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Kids write programs in Minecraft and watch them play out on a custom-built Raspberry Pi computer. Open to ages 8-13. Space is limited. Call 721-2665 to register.

Computer classes

Internet Searching: 6-7 p.m. Monday.

This class offers an introduction to the Internet, including getting connected, using a web browser, and navigating web pages.

Stream Your Music: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Learn the basics of using music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music. Setting up accounts, searching, and making playlists are among topics that will be covered.

Registration is required to attend MPL’s computer classes. Call 721-2665 to secure your spot.

The Missoula Public Library will be closed Sunday for the Easter holiday. It will reopen at 10 a.m. Monday.

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