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Start your pre-Thanksgiving activities off with a moving picture when the library hosts another installment of its Wednesday Afternoon Matinee movie series, with a screening on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room.

This week’s film invites viewers to set sail with Captain Jack Sparrow, as deadly ghost sailors escape from the Devil’s Triangle and are bent on killing every pirate at sea in this epic story packed with humor, suspense and amazing special effects.

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

MakerSpace seeks volunteers for 'Repair Café' in 2018

Are you knowledgeable about fixing broken consumer electronics, and have a passion for teaching others how to fix these types of items so they don’t end up in a landfill?

If so, the Missoula Public Library’s MakerSpace is looking for a few good volunteers to help out with a planned Repair Café which will occur sometime in early 2018.

What is a Repair Café? Quite simply, it is an event where volunteers use their skills and knowledge of repairing electronics to help others fix their broken appliances or electronic gadgets. The event and repairs will be free, with the intent of bringing together others to share practical knowledge while also having fun repairing something that you might have otherwise thrown away.

The first repair café was started in Amsterdam in 2009, and since then hundreds of others have popped up around the world and in the United States.

If you are interested in volunteering at MPL’s planned Repair Café, please contact Senior MakerSpace Associate Ira Sather-Olson by emailing him at or by calling 406-317-2667.

Library closed for Thanksgiving holiday

The Missoula Public Library will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24, in observance of Thanksgiving. During this time, patrons can still drop off materials at our book drops, as well as renew items and place holds online through the website, located at

The library will reopen to the public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25.

Staff Reviews

“The Orvis Guide to Beginning Fly Tying: 101 Tips for the Absolute Beginner” by David Klausmeyer (Skyhorse Publishing, 2012) Call Number: 799.124 Klausme

With the arrival of autumn, thoughts turn to indoor hobbies, especially those that complement the outdoor pursuits we’ll come back to when spring returns. What better time than fall to take up fly tying?

This book is less a fly tying instruction manual than it is a collection of advice from a knowledgeable mentor. The conversational tone is friendly and accessible. Detailed photos and clear, concise descriptions illuminate each tip or technique. Perusing “The Orvis Guide to Beginning Fly Tying” helped this reviewer become familiar with basic concepts in preparation for an upcoming fly tying workshop.

Though the book’s organization is a bit odd (“Parts of a Hook” and “What Are the Parts of a Dry Fly?” finally appear at tip numbers 49 and 53, respectively) and a glossary of terms is curiously absent, this is overall an informative reference for neophyte fly tiers. Experienced tiers are sure to find topics of interest as well.

You can browse the library’s collection of fly tying resources at non-fiction call numbers 688.7912 and 799.124.

READ…More! Categories this title fits into: How-to 

Weekly MakerSpace Offerings:

Computer Electronics

Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. 

Do you have an interest in the Arduino microcontroller or the Linux operating system? Come in and try out these 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. 

Open Hours allows visitors to explore the resources of the MakerSpace, or to work on a project of their choice.

Community Creative Writing Workshop

Class is canceled this week due to Thanksgiving. The group will resume meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m.

Computer Classes

Intro to Email

Monday, Nov. 20, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Learn the basics of creating an email account, including writing a message, adding attachments, and sending messages.


Wednesday, Nov. 22, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Become familiar with the social networking site Facebook. Learn how to set up an account and how to use basic features. This class is for those who don’t have an account or are new to Facebook.

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

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