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If you completed the Missoula Public Library’s 2017 year-long reading challenge — known as the “READ…More! Challenge,” be sure to bring your completed reading journal or log to the reference desk between Friday, Dec. 15, and Saturday, Dec. 30, for staff verification. A prize will be awarded to all successful participants in early 2018.

That said, the year-long reading challenge that you know and love is getting a new name and a fresh new list of reading categories. The Missoula Reads challenge begins with registration on Wednesday, Jan. 3, and the first 150 participants will receive a free reading journal.

The library's annual writing contest also has a new name. Now known as Missoula Writes, our 10th annual writing contest kicks off Wednesday, Jan. 3, with a new look and invites writers of all ages to participate. Writers can compete for cash prizes in the categories of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The submission deadline for the writing contest is Friday, Feb. 16.

Cheap Date Night

Engage your oculars with a recent feature film on a big screen when the library hosts December’s installment of Cheap Date Night, which features a movie screening on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room.

This month’s film is about Peter Parker, who tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man and must confront a new menace prowling the skies of New York City. Call 406-721-BOOK (2665) to find out the title of this film.

Wednesday Afternoon Matinee

Come in from the cold and cozy up with a newly released movie when the library hosts its Wednesday Afternoon Matinee series on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room.

This week’s film is an epic science fiction story that takes place three decades after the Empire's defeat, when a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Stormtrooper defector Finn and spare parts scavenger Rey are caught up in the Resistance's search for a missing Luke Skywalker.

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

Staff Reviews

“Midnight Crossroad” by Charlaine Harris (Ace Books, New York 2014) Call Number: HARRIS

You may be familiar with Charlaine Harris from her Sookie Stackhouse novels, which HBO made into the popular television series “True Blood.”

“Midnight Crossroad” is the first entry in a new series by the author. The story begins in the tiny town of Midnight, Texas. Manfred Bernardo has just moved into what he hopes will be a quiet place where no one will ask him too many questions. Little does he know that there is much more to this sleepy village than meets the eye. When a grisly discovery turns the town upside down, Bernardo learns that he is not the only one in Midnight who has something to hide.

Harris has since come out with two follow-up books: “Day Shift” (2015) and “Night Shift” (2016). NBC is currently airing a television series called “Midnight, Texas” based on these novels. Try this if you’re looking for a fun, quick read with appealing characters and a mystery to solve.

Reviewed by Laura Cote

Special MakerSpace Offerings:

Carvey Demonstration

Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m.

Learn how you can make simple ornaments, signs, and other cool things during this workshop that features a demonstration of Carvey — a desktop carving machine the MakerSpace recently purchased. Space is limited to 6 participants per workshop. Register online at:

Weekly MakerSpace Offerings:

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 platform? Come in and try out this and other electronics platforms 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., Friday from 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday from 3 to 6 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.

Open, drop-in environment focusing on the creative writing workshop process.

Computer Classes

Beginning World

Monday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 7 p.m.

This class is an introduction to word processing, including how to create a document, manipulate the text and font, and use templates.


Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Learn how to use this popular classified ad website and search for listings related to jobs, housing, items for sale, and discussion forums. The class will also cover how to post your own ads.

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

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