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Notice something new about the Missoula Public Library catalog? We switched to WorldCat Local, an interface that you'll find easier and more fun. Now you can narrow your searches more easily, write and read reviews, and send information to Facebook, MySpace or Twitter.

WorldCat Local first searches Missoula and our partner libraries. You'll discover if your title is on the shelf or available for a quick hold. Then the catalog goes beyond - searching libraries around the world. You can still access your personal account by clicking on the "iBistro" link under "Missoula Public Library" at the top left of the catalog. And, if your spelling is off, the new catalog will make alternative suggestions for what you wish to search.

Missoula is on the cutting edge of catalog software. The switch to WorldCat Local is part of a pilot project with Montana State University and the Montana State Library. The Missoula Public Library will test the catalog for at least one year, at which time we will report to the other libraries in our Montana Shared Catalog on their options for joining the WorldCat Local interface. WorldCat was developed by OCLC, a nonprofit organization that provides services to thousands of libraries, and is the world's richest database of bibliographic information.

Our staff is ready to help you get accustomed to the new search. Just ask a librarian or, if you're searching from home, call us at 721-2665. Think more!

We Have It: staff reviews

"The Frogs and Toads All Sang," by Arnold Lobel (HarperCollins, 2009)

Find it at: E LOBEL (children's picture books)

If you don't know about the Arnold Lobel "Frog and Toad" books I suggest you run to the library this minute and check one out. Or you can put it on hold via our online catalog and we will save it for you.

The "Frog and Toad" books are usually found in the section of the library called the Easy Beginner area - books for those learning to read independently. These gentle books about friendship are warm, compassionate and funny. I once had a minister tell me that he based some of his sermons on these books. They were originally published in the 1970's. Now Lobel's daughter Adrianne has discovered some of his handmade stories and is sharing them with us. She added color to her father's pencil drawings for this book, "The Frogs and Toads All Sang." These sweet poems were actually written but not published before the "Frog and Toad" books. One of my favorites is "Polliwog School." It begins:


The lily pads,

Where the mud is cool,

Many little polliwogs

Swim their way to school.


Reviewed by Karen Gonzales

Hot happenings

Here's a sampling of some of the great programs coming up at Missoula Public Library. All programs are free. There's more on our events calendar at www. If anyone attending a program needs special assistance, please provide advance notice by calling 721-BOOK (2665).

• Computer classes and test prep: Classes offered Mondays at 6 p.m. and Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Pick up a list of upcoming classes the next time you're in the library, or call us at 721-2665. Pre-registration is recommended. Plus, the computer classroom is open every Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for online test preparation, including SAT, ACT and other tests.

• MPL Book Group: Join in a discussion of "The Shadow of the Wind," by Carlos Ruiz Zafon Tuesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. Take a post-WWII journey of murder, madness, and doomed love with a Barcelona boy who discovers someone is destroying every book by a favorite author. Copies of the book are available at the library accounts desk. The MPL Book Group meets the second Tuesday of every month.

• Teens Only: The teen advisory club will meet Tuesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. in the young adult room. Students grades 7-12 meet once a month to help plan teen events, suggest materials and recommend services. Membership can be used for school community service requirements, and it looks great on a college application. We're looking for new members.

• Afternoon Matinee: Enjoy a classic movie Wednesday, May 12, at 2 p.m.

• World-Wide Cinema: See a fabulous foreign film on Friday, May 14, at 7 p.m. as part of its World-Wide Cinema series. In Spanish with English subtitles. Mature audiences.

• "Something To Do": Kids grades 4-6 can find "Something To Do" Saturday, May 15, at 4 p.m. This month: Improv! Act Out. Take part in fun acting and improvisation exercises. There's Something To Do at the library every third Saturday of the month. Free.

Children's librarian Joyce Doyle can be reached at 258-3851 or at


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